The Wim Hof Breathing Method (and how to do it)

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2 min readOct 18, 2021
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Breathing is an unconscious process, but thankfully we can take a break from inhaling oxygen because it is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. Otherwise our body cells would constantly be flooded with energy.

The amount that you breathe in influences how much life-force enters into your own being; just like when someone takes their next breath after holding back on exhale for as long as possible — this action releases all accumulated carbon dioxide out through another set of bodily orifices (mouth/nose) so there are no toxins left trapped inside.

Wim Hof has spent years mastering different techniques (such as cold exposure) which allow him to stay calm no matter how intense the situation gets — all by controlling his own body chemistry through deep abdominal breathing exercises.

Here’s how to get started…

Imagine yourself in the most comfortable position possible. Before you start, make sure that your lungs can expand freely without feeling any obstruction or tightness around them and then draw a deep breath into your abdomen as if it were air from an infinite source of renewal.

  • Focus on clearing your mind as you close your eyes.
  • Tune into your breathing. Breathe in deeply through the nose or mouth, and exhale slowly through the mouth.
  • Take a deep breath in through your belly, then into your chest, and then let it go naturally.
  • Keep doing this 30 to 40 times in short, powerful bursts.
  • Feeling lightheaded and experiencing tingling in your fingers and toes are possible side effects. It is not harmful

After the last exhale, hold your breath. Don’t breathe in or out for about five more seconds before releasing all air from lungs and waiting to be reminded that you need fresh oxygen again.

When you feel the urge to breathe again, take one big breath and fill your lungs. Feel yourself expanding inside out as if all of those negative feelings were being washed away by life’s fresh air. Hold it for around 15 seconds then let go.

You can repeat the above 3–4 times.

You’ll find yourself in a much calmer state after completing a few rounds.

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