Awaken Your Purpose with Inspiratus Breathwork

If you are seeking purpose and live in Los Angeles, Join us for a transformational, sound-immersive breathwork experience


Welcome to Inspiratus Breathwork in Los Angeles

At Inspiratus Breathwork, we believe that purpose is essential to human flourishing. Each of us desires a "why" when we wake up in the morning, especially in the midst of suffering.
Without purpose, the individual can fall prey to the rat race, mindless consumerism, and the mental health epidemic that our society drives. Many of us have the feeling that we are capable of so much more as individuals, and as a species, but many of us are having trouble accessing that potential.
In our breathwork facilitation mission, we are dedicated to helping individuals discover their unique purpose. Facing an era of nihilism, rapid technological change, and existential anxiety, Inspiratus Breathwork offers a sanctuary for those seeking a meaningful life.
Drawing from the Latin word 'Inspiratus,' meaning 'to breathe into,' we emphasize the breath as the key to unlocking your inspiration. Let us guide you in opening this door to a life imbued with purpose and fulfillment
Our Impact

Creating collective spaces for humans to forge purpose, build resilience, and reclaim attention through our research backed approach to breathwork


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Join us for our first-of-its-kind, sound-immersive Inspiratus Breathwork workshop at Academy LA. This premier venue will host an unparalleled experience, blending our research-backed breathwork approach with high-fidelity sound. Perfect for those seeking a unique 'Breathwork Class Near Me', these workshops...are not just events, but transformative experiences that promise healing and rejuvenation right in your local community. If you're on the lookout for 'Breathwork Near Me' or 'Breathwork Workshops Near Me', our upcoming breathwork events are just what you need.Read More




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Los Angeles, CA




Los Angeles, CA



Our Impact

What if Breathwork is a Doorway to Meaning Making?

Inspiratus Breathwork distinguishes itself with a unique, research-backed approach inspired by Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy.

Purpose has been shown to be a powerful antidote against anxiety, depression, addiction and PTSD. Using breathwork, we assist our clients in activating their purpose.

As pioneers in integrating Logotherapy with breathwork, our sessions offer more than just trauma release; they provide a path to discovering and solidifying one's life purpose, fostering resilience and mental well-being.

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Explore Our Breathwork Workshops and Retreats Near Los Angeles

Discover cutting-edge holotropic breathwork near you with our array of breathwork workshops and breathing retreats in Los Angeles. Each session, whether a group workshop, a personal class with Inspiratus Breathwork founder Shane Cole, or a serene camping retreat, is designed to guide you through powerful breathing ... techniques for holistic well-being. Our breathwork classes offer immersive experiences, allowing you to delve into the practice and emerge renewed. Join us to experience the unique blend of traditional and innovative breathwork methods that cater to every individual's journey. Read More

Joe Hou


"Yet another eye opening experience. I have been long time friends with Shane, so I was really excited to work with him once he had finished his official training. I reached out to him and he happily agreed to help me find intentions for the next part of my journey. We focused on transforming limiting beliefs, both in our talk before and during the breathing session. Shane was incredible for both parts. I was able to be open with him as he asked professional questions during our chat, and that trust led to a more ‘comfortable/safe space’ breathing session. 2 days after our session I hopped on a plane to Southeast Asia, where I found the teachings/lessons popping into my head at nearly every turn. It was almost as if Shane was a guiding angel on my trip. Could not recommend working with Shane enough. Hopefully I can bring the same value to him that he so kindly gifted to me."

Logan Falkel


“The mechanics of Shane’s breathwork sessions are drawn in a way that lets you take whatever journey you may need. Their guidance is gentle, it is intuitive, and it is aware. A session led by Shane is not Shane’s session, it is yours and it is the group’s. I think it’s what makes their work so beautiful — you are given an infinite space to be an individual, a member, and a student of yourself. There’s no pressure, just breath. Their guidance is not a box or a container, I’ve always felt it is more of a hand reaching out to steady me selflessly and honestly, and I’m truly appreciative of that because it has helped me process the first year of college and being away from home, and then began to knead into the stress of trauma I didn’t even know I was carrying. It is rare to find someone so full of life, and even rarer to find someone so willing to share it. The space Shane creates is beautiful, and I recommend it to anyone willing to embrace it.”

Jon Thibideau


“Shane’s breathwork sessions have seriously been some of the best experiences I’ve had. He cultivates a comforting, judgement-free atmosphere that allows participants to go deep within themselves and come out on the other side with an amazing sense of bliss and clarity. He’s great at both demonstrating the technique as well as explaining the science behind breathwork and what to expect from each session, which I absolutely loved. Every session with Shane has been incredible, and I’ve found them to be insanely helpful for anything from decluttering the mind and unwinding from a stressful work week to healing from deep emotional trauma. The energy at the sessions is contagiously positive, and I’ve always left feeling overwhelmingly grateful that I came”


Discover the World of Breathwork

We utilize a wide range of breathwork practices to facilitate inner transformation. Within an Inspiratus Breathwork workshops, you will be led through daily breathwork practices, journaling exercises, and holotropic breathwork journeys. To learn more about the history, effects, and benefits of breathwork, explore these drop-down menus.

What is Breathwork?

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When breathwork is brought up, many people divert and think of mindfulness meditation, but breathwork is critically different. Rather than passively watching the breath, breathwork is an active manipulation of the breath to promote profound and psychological healing. There are many different types of breathwork and the history of breathwork dates far back. The origin of breathwork dates back to 600-500 BC, when pranayama was taught in the Hindu texts- the Upanishads. Another ancient style of breathwork is Tummo breathing, which was developed in the 8th century by the Tibetan Buddhists. More modern types of breathwork include the Wim Hof method. Wim Hof has been deemed “The Ice Man”. He has set multiple world records in ice submersion using his breathing and has helped popularize breathwork in the West. His breathing is very similar to Tummo breathing. Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a modern guru from India teaches the Sudarshan Kriya around the world. Stanislov Grof, a researcher of psychedelics in the 70s and the inventor of Transpersonal Psychology developed Holotropic Breathwork, an extended hyperventilation that causes one to enter an altered state of consciousness. Inspiratus Breathwork journeys utilizes a similar style to Holotropic Breathwork.

What is Inspiratus Breathwork?

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Inspiratus Breathwork utilizes a breathwork similar to Holotropic Breathwork. Developed by Stanislov Grof, a notable psychedelic researcher, Holotropic Breathwork is a conscious, connected form of hyperventilation lasting 30-60 minutes. This practice enables participants to reach non-ordinary states of consciousness, leading to profound emotional and psychological healing. Inspiratus Breathwork adapts this transformative method, combining accelerated breathing with music and guided facilitation. It's a journey of self-discovery and healing, allowing for deep emotional release. For those searching for 'holotropic breathwork near me', Inspiratus offers a unique approach to this powerful practice, tailored to individual journeys of healing and self-realization.

How Inspiratus Breathwork Alters Physiology

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The physiological effects of breathwork are described extensively in Fincham et al., paper titled "High Ventilation Breathwork Practices: An overview of their effects, mechanisms, and considerations for clinical applications". Breathwork practices change the blood from an acidic state to an alkaline state. The alkaline blood state causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the body. This decreases blood and oxygen flow to most of the body creating a hypercapnic, hypoxic state. An important area it decreases blood flow to is the prefrontal cortex. The PFC is responsible for emotional regulation. Simultaneously, the breathing increases blood flow to the limbic system, the part of the brain responsible for processing emotions. This activates the fight or flight response because the body is going into a controlled state of shock (Fincham et al., 2023). In an Inspiratus Breathwork journey, the hyperventilation is sustained for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and then the participants enter into a restorative breath that activates the parasympathetic nervous system so that they can integrate their experience.

The Benefits of Breathwork: Healing Emotions and Beyond

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What these complex alterations in the body-mind system allow for is one of the most profound human experiences there is. Trauma and emotions that the participant has pushed aside come to the surface. Participants will start yelling, crying, and laughing uncontrollably within 10 to 15 minutes of the practice. This is a somatic release. People who have locked their emotions away for years have an opportunity to finally feel everything they have been scared to face. When we feel our pain, we give it a chance to release from our nervous system and finally close the loop of unresolved pain. A single session can wildly change someone’s life. The amount of allostatic load, which is the chronic level of stress someone carries, is decreased in day-to-day life after breathwork.

Psychedelic Breathwork: Accessing Non-ordinary States of Consciousness

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While participants are having an incredibly emotional experience, they are also having a psychedelic experience as well. During the journey, the entire body feels like it is a lightning rod with a massive amount of energy flowing through it. Because the body is experiencing a fight-or-flight response, a ton of adrenaline and endocannabinoids are released. Endocannabinoids are the body’s natural pain relievers and are released when someone goes into shock from an injury. The most powerful thing that takes place during breathwork is the spirit molecule, DMT, is released in the brain. DMT is the most powerful psychedelic on the planet. It is found in many plants, it is the active ingredient in the traditional Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca and it is endogenously produced by the brain. Early studies by Dr. Rick Strausman showed that the brain produces DMT on its own. Follow-up research by the University of Michigan shows that DMT is present in our brains all of the time in the same quantity as common neurotransmitters like serotonin (Dean, J., 2019). Research by Sazbo et al. shows that DMT is released in high quantities when the body enters a hypoxic state to help the brain avoid injury (Sazbo et al., 2014). While it is not proven that DMT is released during breathwork, this paper shows the method of action of how it could be released and explains why people have visionary experiences during breathwork. It is so powerful! New research with exogenous DMT is showing that it is a powerful tool for treating depression. If it is truly released during breathwork, this means that the ability to heal from mental suffering lies within ourselves.

How Breathwork Strengthens the Immune System

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To expand upon the benefits of breathwork, it strengthens and regulates the immune system. An experiment done by Kox et al. showed that through breathing, people can trigger and control the autonomic nervous system, which was previously thought to be out of our control (Kox et al., 2014). The participants were given an endotoxin in their blood which usually causes a large amount of inflammation. Through breathing, the participants drastically increased anti-inflammatory markers and decreased inflammatory markers in their bloodstream after exposure to an endotoxin, thus controlling their immune system’s response to the endotoxin. Again, the effects of breathwork are shown to be paradigm-busting.



Inspiratus Insights: Exploring the Depths of Breathwork

'Inspiratus Insights' takes you on a journey through the depths of breathwork, shedding light on how this ancient practice can enhance modern lives. Discover stories, tips, and research that showcase the multifaceted world of Breathwork.

Inspiratus Breathwork with Wim Hof