Coined in the 1970s by the American rebels who were seeking ways to link with something greater, the connected breathing technique has more ancient origins that can be tracked back to the Indian yogic masters.
While many modern breath-work techniques draw from the connected breathing method, two main movements were developed in the 1970s. Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist and researcher of the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insight into the human psyche founded Holotropic Breath-work. Through his research he discovered that many of these non-ordinary states of mind could be explored by using certain breathing techniques.
At a similar time Leonard Orr developed Rebirthing Breath-work, which is also based on the conscious connected breathing cycle. Leonard's inspiration came from the Indian spiritual leader Babaji, who said that Rebirthing could be seen as the Kriya Yoga of the 21st Century. Eastern Yogis have been practicing conscious breath-work as a route to self-evolution for thousands of years.
Due to it’s effectiveness the conscious connected breathing cycle, delivered with slightly different nuances according to the technique, has now spread to all corners of the world.
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