I am just finishing up a retreat in the Spanish Pyrenees where I learned some powerful techniques that have the ability to improve people lives dramatically. I did a video with the retreat leader, Wim Hof, who is world famous for his super human abilities. Most people don’t believe when I tell them some of the feats this guy has done but you don’t have to believe me because he has had all of them recorded and can be found simply by google-ing him.
In this video with Wim Hof, high on top of a mountain in the Spanish Pyrenees, I demonstrate a simple Wim Hof breathing technique that can:
Boost the immune system
Activate the natural healing mechanisms
Instantly reduce anxiety
Open up the detox pathways
Activate all the happy neurochemicals in the brain
Help eliminate back pain
Make you super human
The list of benefits go on and on and on, and I am living proof. After only a couple days with Wim I was able to spend 15 minutes in 30 degree water 2 days in a row after performing these techniques. Cold water training is another technique he uses to improve health.
This is all backed by science. If you saw my video on the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, these breathing techniques are like having your own hyperbaric oxygen chamber except it is FREE and anyone can do it at anytime!
Done consistently these techniques can have profound effects in all areas of your life.
Technique 1 (retention breathing)
In one breath, breath into your belly, then your chest then your head like a wave then exhale by just relaxing the body and breath in again in the same pattern
Repeat the breathing about 40 times or until lightheaded (based on feeling)
Take 2 deep inhales and on the last full exhale hold your breath at the end of the exhalation until you feel the need to breath
Then take a deep breath in and hold for 15-30 second putting pressure to you neck area.
Then repeat as needed
CLICK HERE to check out the video, try out a few rounds of the breathing technique and let me know what you think by leaving a comment with your feedback.
“Hey! What’s going on? I wanted to do a video on breathing and specifically your heart rhythm and the reason being is because we talk a lot about breathing in training so people come in to EarthFIT and we are telling them in between the training focus on your breathing, deep breaths in through the nose, out through the mouth, control your breathing, etc… Even in the end of the stretching I’m saying “Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, breathe out through your mouth for 4 seconds and get into a rhythm.” And so I don’t think many people really understand the power of why I’m telling them that and the reasons behind it. So what I’m going to do now is show you a little bit about how powerful this is and I’m doing it using a tool so you can actually, literally see live feedback just from me using this tool. This is called the emWave by HeartMath. You might have seen some of my post about HeartMath, it’s a scientific community that calculates coherence from your heart and brain rhythm and gives you feedback from your heart rhythm and when you shift your heart rhythm to a specific coherence, it generates positive feelings in you and so you can get this rhythm continuously and daily. You’re gonna feel much better about everything, your system’s gonna function better and so just in training while we are stretching, I like to get people into the rhythm because stretching and cooling down has a good mental and spiritual, physical aspect to it. And when someone wants to go to intense training, they have high endorphins. Now we get more oxygen into the body, they get in the good heart rhythm and good stretching. They’re going to feel absolutely amazing and they’re going to go into their day with that same positive effect and it’s going to help everybody else around them, etc..
So the way this works (emWave) is… it has infrared light, this gets clipped on the ear and then this infrared light is sending feedback from the blood flow in my ear down to the millisecond. And so I’m going to pull the camera close to show you what I’m talking about and I’ll try and get into a good coherence here, it’s going be… maybe tough while I’m doing a video. But essentially, I can use this tool by itself just by using all this stuff right here, but essentially I clipped this on to my ear and I’ll come over here and press play. And this will give me live feedback as to what is going on so it’s calibrating and now I’m gonna take some few deep breaths to try to get my heart rate variability, it’ll tell me if I am at a low coherence, medium or high, so right now I’m very low, right, I’m doing a video; I’m not really thinking; I’m thinking about just giving energy out to you guys, and now, I’m going to start to breath consistently. (Please see the video)
Alright, so I’m not going to sit here all day and do it, but you can see I just started to control my breathing and now all of a sudden the coherence level starts to rise up. And this computer, this actually has games and stuff that I can play. I’m going to stop this now, but a good heart rate variability will be consistent up and down… and this actually affects everything from your blood pressure. So, you can literally see…I can’t find it now but there’s a good picture which I’ll try and post in a blog that I do of the actual incoherence and coherence and the differences you would see on this piece of equipment here.
So why am I telling you this video? Well, you are in control of your physiology to a certain degree. You can sit there and just do consistent breathing. There’s a lot of people who believe that meditation itself… there’s a lot of people – buddhism, and a lot of aspects of meditation they say, meditation is just the breathing in and breathing out and really getting that coherence level and positive energy flowing up through you. So very important throughout the day you can do this 2, 3, 4, 5x a day. The goal would be to be in coherence consistently all the time, like even right now, if I was speaking to you and I was just breathing easily you might not be listening to the video because I’d be boring, but the point is to get in coherence with your breathing. Get to a rhythm, you can do it 5, 10 minutes. It’s a practice and the more you do it, the more you get in coherence, the better you feel, the better effects for your health and more positive emotions come out inside you so I hope this video helps you. If you have any questions, comments, let me know. Have a good day!”