6 HEALING TIPS from Wim Hof
Updated: Jan 10, 2020
Wim Hof has been baffling scientists, inspiring healers, motivating heal seekers and made me a believer during one interactive speech he gave at sea during Summit Series. His easy to follow and tantalizing breath work makes it intriguing for all to follow and hard to believe the results that follow. When following his method your big breaths will feel like an ocean of air begins to fill your lungs as the nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide press against your ribcage. Exhales will feel satisfying and you will look forward to repeating.
We are always so busy. Our brains are always going, our errands need to get finished and our lives continue to keep speeding along. During the ongoing business of our days we forget to breath. I understand we all breath but most of us do not breath deep and the deep breaths are a step into understanding one element of what makes Wim Hoff's teachings so special.
Many leaders or mentors we look up to remind us to stop what we are doing and take a deep breath. Wim Hof is a Dutch daredevil whom has run marathons barefoot and shirtless above the Arctic Circle, enjoys diving in the North Pole without scuba gear, relaxes in ice baths for over an hour and a half and all of this is possible because of his method of breathing techniques.
Hof explains that his method paired with exposing oneself to cold (ice baths, cold showers) will lead to noticeable health benefits: more energy, endurance, lowered stress levels and an improved immune system.
1. Get comfortable
Find a comfortable place to do your breathing exercises where you won’t be disturbed. You can sit or lie on your back, but do not do this exercise whilst driving or standing up.
2. Do 30-40 power breaths
Once you’re sitting comfortably, you can start to deep breathe quickly in and out 30 times. This is essentially deep breathing at a steady pace in and out through the mouth. Inhale fully but don’t exhale all the way out. As you inhale through your nose you should feel your belly rise and on the exhale you will exhaling through your mouth so you should feel your belly fall. It may feel a bit like you are hyperventilating, but it serves a healing purpose according to Wim. You may also feel a slight tingling or lightheaded sensation throughout your whole body, when you do this for the first time. This is perfectly normal.
3. Hold your breath
After doing 30-40 Wim Hof power breaths, empty your lungs of air and retain the breath for as long as you can without force. During the retention, you may find it relaxing to close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyes.
4. Breathe in for 10 seconds
After the breath retention, take a deep breath in and hold it for a further 10-15 seconds, before exhaling.
5. Repeat steps 1-4
Repeat the whole process for another three rounds. Remember to record your times down, so you can track your progression.
6. Meditate after 4 rounds of power breathing
After the power breaths, you can then go into your regular practise of meditation or meditate for five minutes if you’re a complete beginner by closing your eyes, bringing your awareness to your breath and focusing on the space between your eyes.
Over time, you can gradually increase the amount of time you spend in meditation after the power breaths, but five minutes is sufficient for a beginner.
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