Breathing exercises are one of the 3 Pillars of the Wim Hof Method.

The technique is all about controlled inhaling followed by holding breath for a specific time. This is followed by a similar pattern of exhalation.

This works as breathing in deeply, holding breath then breathing out fully and holding breath again.

The aim is for your breathwork to influence the autonomic nervous system to control heart rate and physiological responses to stress.

Breathing links with cold therapy and strong willpower to make you stronger and healthier.

The benefits include:

  • Suffering less stress
  • Recovering faster from physical exertion
  • Sleeping better
  • Improved sports performance
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Better concentration and mental clarity

What the scientists say about breathing

Scientists were among the sceptics who did not believe the Wim Hof Method could influence the autonomic nervous system.

Extensive tests by university researchers proved the impossible – Hof’s breathing and cold therapy training could help him change his heart rate and circulation by taking control of the autonomic nervous system.