The Wim Hof Method is a breathing technique developed by Wim Hof, AKA “The Iceman”. He has accomplished incredible feats, such as climbing Mount Everest shirtless and various swimming records in freezing Arctic water. He attributes his success to his technique. Given these impressive achievements, it is worth looking into the technique itself.
In the Wim Hof Method, you take three deep breaths and pump more air in than out, followed by holding your breath for as long as you can (comfortably). It is about breathing deep and completely emptying your lungs, which makes breathing deep easier. Breathing deeply will make you feel light and more energetic. When you feel light, you will be more open and able to reach further into deeper, more relaxing breaths. You will realize that once you begin breathing deeply, the weight you take on begins to lift and it becomes easier to move. As soon as you start thinking more clearly, you will feel the weight of the world move away.
So, what is the alternative to the Wim Hof Method? It is a technique for pushing air into the lungs using a simple and effective technique called primary breathing. This is quite different to traditional breathing. The more you are unable to push air into your lungs by any method, the easier it becomes for you to breathe deeply and comfortably. The Wim Hof Method is a sort of bottomless oxygen park. At first you will be so relaxed that you will not even know what to do. All you will be doing is breathing deep and getting oxygen into your system. Over time and as you learn this technique, you will begin to feel more and more the full effect of deep breathing.
The method of primary breathing is simple and quick to teach, but so worth practicing. It will begin transforming your breathing state, making you more open to many different techniques. Only after ten minutes of practice can you really begin to feel the benefits. Many people rave about the feeling of lightness and energy that comes from the Wim Hof Method and the vibrant, positive energy that comes with deep breathing. Deep breathing has more of a psychic effect than your normal breathing. This results in an almost mystical feeling of well being, and it is not a coincidence. Deep and rhythmic breathing has a direct link with your physical and mental health. It is therefore so vital to a more positive outcome in your life.
If you are looking for ways to increase your energy levels, then this is the perfect technique to practice. It will not only change your breathing, but increase your confidence and self-possession as well. Deep breathing is a gift from the universe, one that is easy and naturally things you can achieve. It will also become the foundation for all the other techniques mentioned in this book. Practice it daily, and you will soon notice that deep breathing and endless life is not just a concept. It is a reality. Exhale!
When you breathe you should literally be breathing through your body; this pushes air into areas you never experience naturally. If you breathe well you will not get tired easily. Many people think that if they breathe well enough they can stretch too long. They can feel this stretch in a different way than you may even know of.
If you train properly it you may feel that uncomfortable feeling, but just being able to know that it is there will make it seem more uncomfortable. Your body learns through pain and when you are in pain it learns to do this in order to get energy. If you want to be more comfortable and be more at ease you need to make the best use of the energy that is available to you and learn how to use it. We are always working and breathing not only from physical discomfort but from an emotional discomfort that comes from learning without proper instructions.
Being able to breathe is a vital part of what ensures we find peace and happiness in this world. In being able to exhale we become more present and able to experience the world with less sensory blocks. Breathing allows us to see more fully with clarity and to breathe more deeply. Breathing in air and releasing it is one of our greatest tools. Without proper breathing we lose our sense of being present and that is why deep breathing is essential to life. Our minds are the most important thing we can think about and we need to not forget that. I really encourage people to get more comfortable practicing this skill. Practicing Samsara techniques is essential to life and it is one of the best ways to get to know yourself better and to learn how to grow as a human being.
You should not view the breath as a tool by itself that can be utilized for power or for yoga. There is a psychological concept that the breath can be a tool for power or for the avoidance of pain. It is not the breath itself that is the tool for yoga but the body close by. Through the process of yoga we practice control and we learn how to control the breath. It is almost impossible to control the breath and many people assume this just because they are told that the breath is an important part of practicing and tying down. Breathing itself is a powerful thing and breathing is one of the most important things you can do to improve your yoga practice.
You should not practice the breath on its own; there are two other things you need to practice. The first being tuning and the second being the quality of light we register of how we breathe. When you are breathing out you should just be able to feel the breath coming in. You are not supposed to think or think about breathing until you feel it. We assume the breath is going in and we stop thinking and just breathe. Your heart starts pounding, your heart rate goes up and you lose control of your body. This is why we should not think about breathing. We want to breathe and feel it, not think about how to breathe. We want to be relaxed. If you think about the breath it is almost guaranteed that you will strain or that you won’t believe in you with breathing. We all have both of these issues in one way or another but we need to learn to accept the breath for what it is.
Practicing the breath is not an overkill for yoga and it is definitely not a punishment. You need to learn to breathe and to use it in yoga as well as in life. It is not just for every body but it is extremely important for every body. Over the long term and for the sisterhood of yoga, it is essential to learn and to apply the breath because our breath is what allows us to have such great life. It is our breath, the energy we breath in, the air we breathe in, and the life we flow through each breath that is what gives us life from our very first breath until we die. We should not think that the breath is the end of life. Yoga is not about death. Yoga is about life and we should not be afraid of life.
One of the most common mistakes when practicing Samsara Yoga is not to breathe. We breathe out when we run or when we are running as do many things in life. We exhale when we do a routine yoga posture or when we perform the asanas. We exhale when we come to the end of the asanas in a power yoga class. We breath in when we are doing the push-up pose. We breath back out when we stretch our chest or when we inhale on the airplane. We exhale in sport, such as bicycling, when we sprint, or when we hike up a mountain. Breathing out at all times is essential to the effectiveness of the asanas.
One of the most common and overlooked things that people miss when practicing Samsara practice is to breathe in through the nose. They have a hard time spending some time beforehand to try and remind them that the nose is the key. As the breath is pushed into our nasal and tonsillar areas the probability of nasal tension and irritation increases. This is very similar to what happens with our abs. When we get tired doing the asanas, performing the asanas, or engaging in any other stress, we are not using the best parts of our body and this creates more strain on the rest of us. The most important thing on the face is the mouth. When we breathe through the nose, the pressure on the teeth and jaw decreases. In this way we all have a chance to get the best and the most complete possible use of our bodies.