Wim Hof breathing is a breathing technique that helps one control their own physiology.
This technique has been clinically proven to reduce the ill-effects (literally) of pathogen exposure; regulate fear and anxiety responses and most famously as a way to endure extreme cold. (Wim of the Wim Hof method is a multitime world record holder for cold water submersion.) For an overview of the science behind this, Google Wim Hof or check out the science page on his site for a list of academic studies.
"…the #WHM might allow practitioners to develop higher level of control over key components of the autonomous system, with implications for lifestyle interventions that might ameliorate multiple clinical syndromes." science baby! @waynestate @Iceman_Hof https://t.co/94TEqkEOmJ
— Nathan Corliss (@oakfive) March 2, 2018
The technique itself is incredibly simple – about 30-50 deep inhales, but only normal exhales. Repeated two to three times.
The Wim Hof Method does make some people light headed so make sure to do it while sitting down.
Watch this video for a guided breathing session by Wim, himself on the Joe Rogan podcast:
I’ve been doing the Wim Hof method on and off for over three years, and attended an in person seminar in San Francisco in fall of 2016. This method has been a huge asset for me to get through everyday anxiety, avoid colds, and to endure cold conditions. I’ve even used it as a method to cure hangover symptoms.
Please try it, and let me know what benefits you receive from your own practice of the Wim Hof Method.