Episode 89

This week Jesse takes a trip into the realm of psychedelic therapy — specifically, Holotropic Breathwork. He is joined by Dr. James Eyerman who has treated over 11,000 patients in 12 years with this therapy. They discuss the origins of breathwork, how it is done, current theories about its mechanism of action, and the future of this type of therapy.

After a recent 14 hour time-zone change between Asia and California, Jesse shares his favorite hack to ward off jet-lag in the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick. Planning a long-haul flight soon? Don’t miss this piece of actionable intel.

Episode Highlights

0:32Jesse introduces the concept of Holotropic Breathwork.
1:37This Week In Neuroscience: Testing for mild concussions.
5:05The listener interaction section.
6:01What is The Erdos Number?
8:12A big thank you to all those who have already tried Nexus and Mitogen at Axon Labs.
9:16Introducing Dr. James Eyerman.
11:00The origin of Holotropic Breathwork.
12:20An inner journey.
15:22Hallucinations and altered consciousness.
16:33A typical Holotropic Breathwork session.
20:57Basic mechanisms.
22:56The vagus nerve.
25:47Dr. Eyerman shares his experience with treating 11,000 people in 12 years.
29:25The importance of supervision.
30:54Some "crunchy" places.
31:33Post-session safety guidelines.
33:54Jesse's immediate reaction and future plans.
35:37Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Beat jet-lag with a simple hack.

Want to conduct your own Holotropic Breathwork experiment? We’ve put together a Spotify playlist with all the tracks recommended by Dr. Eyerman to use in your session.

PS:  Remember to have a buddy on babysitting duty… and don’t forget to subscribe below for your weekly dose of neuroscience goodies.


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Written by Anushtup Chatterjee