Wim Hof, better known as the “Iceman” from Netherlands holds 20 world records, using special breathing techniques influenced by ancient Tumo meditation. The Dutchman, is famous for his stunts involving extreme cold temperatures, he once climbed the Mount Everest (almost to the summit) wearing nothing but shorts and shoes. In 2008, the Iceman stayed immersed in Ice for a good 1hour 13 minutes. Wim explains that his ability to withstand cold is not just limited to himself but also his students who practice his breathing exercises. Once, Hof and his students, under medical supervision, were injected with a bacterium. Ideally, all of the test subjects should have been experiencing severe headache, fever and nausea, but miraculously nothing of that sort happened. Wim further explains that his breathing techniques influence the body on a cellular level. He even led a team of 25 people climb to the top of mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. People in the group were suffering from cancer, asthma, arthritis etc. and climbed to the peak where the temperatures could go as low as -20°C only in their shorts.
7 key benefits of the Win Hof method:
- Elevated energy levels leading to enhanced athletic performance
- Better sleep
- Reduced stress levels
- Burn fat
- Stronger Immune system
- General well-being amounting to more creativity
- Helps detox the body
How to perform the Wim Hof method:
- Relaxation – Find a comfortable spot (not in your bathtub or a place where you wouldn’t want to pass out), close your eyes and let your body lose.
- Breathing Technique –
- Deeply inhale till you feel some pressure from within your chest on your solar plexus and exhale all the way in a controlled fashion. This is also called “controlled hyperventilation.” Continue the breathing cycle 30 times. You will soon have a tingling feeling on your face and other parts of your body; work towards amplifying this.
- Take one final deep breath and completely exhale. Hold your breath and shift your senses inwards. You should be able to hold your breath for well over a minute in the first cycle, however do not force it, and breathe in and hold the recovery breath for another 5-10 seconds. Repeat this cycle 3 times and each time you will notice that your ability to hold your breath would be longer that the previous cycle. You should be able to cross the 3-minute mark in the third round.
- Ice Bath – You might not want to start off immersing yourself into a tub full of ice but you can certainly expose yourself to a cold shower. Remember to breathe deeply just before the cold shock hits you. You will notice that your ability to withstand cold has increased. No! You can’t climb the Everest in your shorts just yet, Wim Hof says withstanding cold is like weight training; the more you practice the better you will become. Cold is your warm friend!
In a world full of voodoo men, Wim has managed to scientifically prove his discoveries about the human body, and has also written a book “Becoming The Iceman: Pushing Past Perceived Limits,” where he stresses on the face that anyone could be the next Iceman and gain control of their bodies and minds by using simple breathing techniques.