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What is this Wim Hof Breathing?

(Body-Mind Benefits)

Wim Hof breathing is a hyperventilation type of breathing, similar to holographic breathing. While holographic breathing is not new, millions are now practicing Wim Hof style breathing. It is undeniably popular worldwide by none other than the crazy Dutchman, Wim Hof, himself.

From Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands, Wim Hof, known as “The Iceman”, is a Dutch extreme athlete who famously endures freezing temperatures.

Holding Guinness world records for swimming below ice, full-body ice immersions, Wim still holds records such as a barefoot half-marathon through ice and snow.

Enduring and overcoming a lengthy battle with depression myself, I experienced enormous identification with Wim’s “Hero’s Journey Story.” While still on the road to recovery, his story was immensely meaningful.

After adopting his method, it became one of the last pieces of the puzzle to beating depression, as I have done it every day since. He is the most inspirational person my path has ever crossed, and I strongly recommend you giving his method a test.

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Nearly half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience mental illness during their life. 5 percent of adults experience mental illness in any year, equalling 43.8 million people.

Almost 40% of Americans are more anxious than they were last year.

Nearly half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience mental illness during their life.

Five percent of adults experience mental illness in any year, equalling 43.8 million people.

Approximately 1.2 billion humans worldwide have hypertension.

The Wim Hof Method has 7 studies regarding its effectiveness for some of today’s largest global health problems.

Why is Wim Hof Breathing Popular?

 

  1. Stress reduction

2. Faster recovery from physical exertion

3. Better sleep

4. Improved sports performance

5. Enhanced creativity

6. More focus and mental clarity

My Top Reasons

 

 

 

  1. Energizing
  2. Grounding
  3. Focusing
  4. Improves cardiovascular health
  5. Helps sleep
  6. Improves blood flow

How to Do Wim Hof Breathing

 

 

  1. Take your favorite comfortable space either sitting, lying down, reclining, or sitting up straight.
  2. Take 30 fast, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose or mouth, and exhaling through your mouth.
  3. With no air in the lungs rest for as long as you can and ideally 2 or more minutes.
  4. Take a deep breath, as deeply as you can, and hold it for 10 seconds.
  5. Repeat three times or as many times you like.

 

 

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Do the best you can.
  2. Push through it at the beginning.
  3. While it is difficult the first few times, it rapidly gets easier.
  4. When doing the resting, exhale air slowly out of your mouth to more easily extend the rest time.
  5. Breathe as much as if you were filling up the air to reach head and feet
  6. Use the slow (calming) speed for bedtime or relaxation and the fast (daytime) versions for the daytime and energy.
  7. My Favorite Guided Wim Hof Breathing Tracks

 

So what do you say?

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Your Friend in Health

Mark Stein