Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Space Between: Alternate Nostril Breathing as a Doorway to the Unconscious
by Anderson, Jessica Ann, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 80; 1507547
Abstract (Summary)

Conscious breathing is a direct experience that can bridge feelings of disconnection between the body, mind, and soul. Deep diaphragmatic breathing has become an acceptable clinical tool to help clients with stress reduction. While there are many benefits to this way of breathing, it lacks the specific structure and form that the yogic practice of alternate nostril breathing (ANB) offers. Previous research has concluded that ANB positively affects physiological functions and hemispheric brain activity. Using both heuristic and organic inquiry methodologies, this thesis examines the effects of ANB with breath retention and restraint (BRR) as a tool to deepen self-awareness, access the unconscious, and as a support to the individuation process as described by C. G. Jung. An autobiographical narrative explores the author’s experience of finding a living, third essence in the quietude between two breaths, the sacred space between two beloveds, and the healing space between the therapist and client.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Publication Number: 1507547
ISBN: 9781267193254
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