Who is Wim Hof?
Wim Hof aka “The Iceman” is known for his capability to resist severe cold through meditation and breathing methods. He defined all science and logic when he proved that anybody could perform extraordinary feats through the power of his mind.
The Accomplishments of Wim Hof
The Iceman, who’s almost 58 years old, has dedicated many years of his life to pursuing crazy achievements, almost all of which are intended to exhibit his ability to endure tremendous cold.
He holds 26 world records, which range from the world’s longest ice bath, climbing Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts, running a marathon without drinking water while in the desert, to running a marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot.
Wim attributes most of his successes to his breathing exercises. Also, he states that his methods can give strength to the body and improve the immune system as well as circulation. It can also help with disease prevention. Amazingly, most of his assertions have been backed up by scientific research.
The Wim Hof Breathing Techniques
The Wim Hof technique is similar to the Tummo meditation (internal heat) and pranayama (breathing practiced in yoga). Although Wim has studied yoga and meditation for many years, this technique basically comes from what he calls “the great cold of nature.”
The first part is a respiratory exercise that can be compared to controlled hyperventilation. The idea consists of quick breaths that invigorate you by bringing plenty of oxygen to your bloodstream. The point of this exercise is complete oxygenation of your blood cells.
How to Do The Wim Hof Breathing Technique…
1. Sit comfortably and close your eyes
Sit or lie down in the most comfortable way for you. Make sure that you expand your lungs freely without any constriction. It is recommended to do this exercise just after waking when the stomach is still empty.
2. Warm up
Inhale deeply. Do so until you feel a slight pressure inside the chest at the the solar plexus. Release as much air as you can. Repeat this warm-up 10-15 times.
3. 30 powerful breaths
Breathe in and out through the mouth. The stomach retracts when you exhale and swells when you inhale. Keep a regular rhythm and use your abdomen. Close your eyes and do this 30 times until you feel your body filled with oxygen. Symptoms may include tingling sensations in the body and dizziness.
4. Review your body
During the 30 powerful breaths, dive into your body and become aware of it as much as possible. Walk your consciousness up and down the body and use your intuition as to the parts that lack energy and those where it is in excess. Review all the blockages between the two. Try to send energy/heat to these blockages. Then release them gradually.
After the quick succession of the 30 breath cycle make another inspiration by filling your lungs at maximum without forcing and hold as long as possible. Relax and unlock all the body’s energy channels. Notice how all oxygen spreads through the body. Stay without breathing until you feel a choking reflex at the top of your chest.
Inhale thoroughly. Feel your chest swelling. Release the tension in the solar plexus. Relax your body deeper, let everything go away. Your body knows better than you. After 15 seconds you have completed the first set.
Begin this practice with one or two sets. Try to do it every day and add two more sets in the following days. As soon as you feel comfortable holding your breath, you can start adding exercises. Do a minimum of 15 minutes or 6 series work. You can practice as much as you like.
If you experience dizziness or pain, stop your posture and lie on your back. Breathe in normally and stop the session. Take at least 5 minutes at the end of the session to relax and explore the body.