You’ve heard of Wim Hof, “The Iceman” athlete, whose methods are gaining more support from laboratory research.
His breathing method is demonstrated to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase endorphins (happiness hormones)
- Increase mental clarity and focus
- Improve the immune system; reduce bacteria and viruses
- Drop acidic toxins and develop stronger health
One round of this power breath takes only two minutes.
Each breath is deep and extra full, starting with the belly expanding, then the lungs, and up into the head.
Inhaling fully is the main effort – that is, inhaling fast, 30 times in a row.
Exhale through the mouth, just let go without effort.
(Volume of inhale is more than exhale.)
How to do Wim’s Power Breath
1 – Be seated or lying down, relaxing. (Have access to a clock or timer.)
2 – Close your eyes, connect with your breath. Inhale through your nose or mouth, full big breaths from belly up to head, and exhale through your mouth, for 30 full quick breaths.
Focus on the inhale as your body tanks up with oxygen.
(Don’t worry if you feel tingly or lightheaded. That indicates your blood is briefly shifting into a cleansing alkaline state of low carbon dioxide.)
3 – After 30 breaths, stop and be empty, don’t breathe. Stay quiet for 90 seconds.
Feel relaxation spread through the body.
(Wim says, you have shifted your biochemistry and your adrenal axis.)
Your brain may tell you to take a breath, but your body doesn’t need one yet.
Just wait and relax for 90 seconds. (Or accommodate yourself, if needed.)
4 – Take a big recovery breath, belly-lungs-head, fully in. Hold that breath for 10 to 15 seconds. Let it go.
5 – You have the option to go immediately into the next round, or relax and experience the change in your body and mind.
Feel the calm and tranquility flowing through you. (Awesome moment for meditation.)
Wim suggests building your stamina and health with several rounds of this breath.
On round two, go empty without breath for 2 minutes.
Round three, go 2.5 minutes.
Round four would be 3 minutes (you may want to develop your skill first).
After the exercise, take time to soak up the natural bliss.
Your body and mind are rejuvenated.
Wim says, “You will be high on your own supply.”
Have you tried his method?
What do you think?
How do you feel?
Thanks to the friend who passed this along to me.
I have been using this power breath to take me into a deeper meditation.
Let me know how it goes for you.
Diane Stallings RN does distance healing, EFT tapping, and/or Biofield Tuning on the phone, energy healing sessions, Chakra Balancing, and health coaching. She gives you practical ways to lift your wellbeing. Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills.
(Thanks to kalhh of Pixabay for these lungs.)