So you’re looking for a natural way to boost your energy and vitality?
Good! You came to the right place!
I’m going to be explaining one of my new additions to my morning routine, which is now my favorite way to start off my day 😉
If you haven’t ever attempted a controlled breathing session as a primer, I promise you’re in for a treat! Whether you’re trying to get ready for a long day of work, a big speech, an important athletic event, or simply want a boost in concentration and focus, a priming session will easily do the trick.
When it comes to priming and breathwork, I use the tactics from one of the best in the world, Wim Hof. Wim is a Dutch extreme athlete known as “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand extreme cold, which he attributes to his breathing techniques based on Tibetan Tummo meditation (but without its religious components).
He’s used these techniques to climb Mt. Everest IN SHORTS!! So trust me, he knows what he’s doing.. and there is PLENTY of science to back his claims!
Along with boosting energy levels, concentration, focus, and vitality, he claims that these techniques of his can help with or help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, clinical depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, cancer, etc.
High performers like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, myself, and MANY others consider Wim to be the authority on breathing and a major positive factor for athletic performance.
“The breathing exercise has a profound effect and should be practiced in the way it is explained. Always do the breathing exercise in a safe environment (e.g. sitting on a couch/floor) and unforced. Never practice the exercises before or during diving, driving, swimming, taking a bath or in any other environment/place where, should you pass out, a serious injury could occur. Wim Hof breathing may cause tingling sensations and/or lightheadedness. If you’ve fainted, it means that you went to far. Take a step back next time.”
The paragraph above was taken directly from Wim’s website, so take caution when practicing this breathing exercise. I feel the tingling sensation often, but have never felt as if I was going to faint. But that’s just me personally, so like I said, be cautious.
Try these eight steps each morning before food, coffee, or training:
- Lie on the ground or sit with your back straight.
- Inhale deeply, pulling in as much air as you can using your diaphragm.
- Exhale fully but not forcefully; simply let the breath go.
- Repeat inhales and exhales for 30 to 40 rounds with your own rhythm.
- On the last round, exhale and then hold your breath until your body feels the need to breathe.
- Inhale deeply, then hold your breath for ten seconds.
- Repeat steps 3–6 for three or four rounds.
- After your final round, hop in a cold shower. On your first try, stay under the water for 30 seconds, then gradually increase until you reach three to five minutes.
Ever since I was introduced to Wim’s techniques about 8 months ago, I’ve use this breathing method a LOT! Once you realize the instantaneous effect it has on your body, you’ll become addicted.
I was blessed to run into Wim during my last trip to California. We were eating a beautiful vegan dinner at Café Gratitude and my buddy, Joel, randomly lit up like a fire cracker! I turned around and saw Wim walking towards us on his tippy toes, literally.. Wim had this indescribable energy to him that was vibrant to say the least! The encounter was short lived, but his energy and enthusiasm surely stuck with me.
So, if you’re interested in breathwork and breathing primers, I completely recommend trying the breathing method above! And if you enjoy it, I wouldn’t hesitate on learning more about Wim’s endless mentality hacks.
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Much Love, Dakota Mays