The Wim Hof Method – Wim Hof Yoga Breathing (Wim Hof Cold Shower)

The Wim Hof Method – Wim Hof Yoga Breathing (Wim Hof Cold Shower)


The Wim Hof Method has become hugely popular
in recent years and the benefits of cold showers can have a great impact on your mental and
physical health. In order to adapt to the cold, many do the
Wim Hof Breathing Method, which I’ve covered in the past and will link in the description
below in case you want to know more. Equally so, many have drawn parrallels between
Wim Hof’s breathing technique with Yoga exercises. In this video, we look at the correlation
between the two, as Yoga is directly referenced by Wim Hof as a method to breathe correctly
and to your full capacity… 1. Why Yoga? – The average person when breathing takes
shallow breaths and doesn’t reach their full breathing capacity, meaning they don’t
intake as much oxygen as they should and this can potentially cause health issues
– Some people even unconsciously hold their breaths, especially when they are stressed
and tensed up, meaning they compound the effects of the stress as breathing deep sends signals
to the brain to calm down – Pranayama is a specific form of yoga that
focuses on breathing and is something that’s practiced by a huge number of people around
the world who feel the benefits of doing it – In part it’s about distributing your life
force, or prana, throughout your body with the use of controlled breathing methods, of
which three types are associated with the Wim Hof method 2. Ujjayi
– Ujjayi is the most popular form of Pranayama and is about breathing in and out through
your nose, while directing your breath over the back of your throat
– When you do this, you’ll find that the result is a soft hissing sound you hear and you’ll
feel your brain immediately getting oxygen, feeling almost light and comfortable
– Practicing Ujjayi helps to slow down your breathing, helping you take in more controlled
and deliberate breaths to get the greatest benefits of breathing in
– The practice, or exercise, also keeps your mind from wandering helping you to maintain
focus and concentration, as you are constantly focused on the way you are breathing 3. Mula Bandha
– Mula Bandha, translated to “root lock”, resides on the intersection of pranayama and
meditation, and is a fundamental part of pranayama exercises in yoga
– It is used to hold on to as much prana as possible, by locking the lower regions of
your body, around the pelvic floor region of the body
– Doing so requires you to contract muscles at the base of your pelvis, performed in a
seated position to help retain energy and help it flow up the body
– Maintaining this flow of energy within the body not only benefits you in terms of feeling
more energetic, but also means it’s used towards beneficial processes within the body 4. Kumbhaka
– Kumbhaka is a state that’s identified as being in between inhalation and exhalation,
where you control the retention of breath and can be practiced with full lungs, Antara
Kumbhaka, and with empty lungs, Bahya Kumbhaka – Practicing Kumbhaka will increase the oxygen
uptake and carbon dioxide exchange inside of your lungs, meaning you get the more benefits
from breathing properly – As you learn to control your breathing,
you learn to control your body better which you can utilise to help you adjust to the
environment around you better and improve your health
– For example, we know research has found that Kumbhaka and pranayama affect various
systems in the body, including cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, lymph, immune, digestive
and respiratorys 5. Yoga and Wim Hof
– Breathing is a very important part of yoga, and as we know is a fundamental part of the
Wim Hof method, with the two directly linked with Wim Hof acknowledging Pranayam techniques
and their benefits – Yoga should be about creating a harmony
between body, mind, and breath in a state of union, something which is practiced when
doing the Wim Hof method – As acknowledged by Wim Hof, one issue is
many people focus on keeping up with their yoga class and forget about proper breathing,
resulting in yoga sessions exhausting them, when it should be revitalizing
– The same can be said of the Wim Hof method and the use of breathing, as your breathing
patterns are directly linked to the effects of cold showers, which much like Yoga can
be either exhausting or revitalising Are you interested in the correlation between
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11 Replies to “The Wim Hof Method – Wim Hof Yoga Breathing (Wim Hof Cold Shower)

  1. Thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this, check out more Wim Hof related content here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvUlcI0smhA&list=PLvFtqdfiGi3Fu2V03HKp-jf2QcGLq303O
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  2. Nice video brother! Breathing exercises are very empowering. They can truly take you to a nirvana like state👍

  3. Hi #PracticalInspiration! I have tried Yoga, Taichi and 10 other methods. Now I am trying to swim 1000 meters non-stop. I can only swim 200 meters, so long way to go! #SecretsSelfmadeBillionaires

  4. Love this!! Cold is very alkaline. I love cold!! very detoxifying. All this is sooooo great!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! 
    God Bless

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