WHAT IS THE WIM HOF METHOD®?
Put in the simplest of terms, the Wim Hof Method® is a way to keep your body and mind in its optimal natural state.
For most of our evolutionary history, a merciless natural environment automatically did this for us: sub-zero temperatures, howling winds and hungry wolves kept our muscles and veins supple, and our minds sharp and clear.
Fast forward to today, and phones are exhausting our brains, while the rest of our body wastes away as we sit in toasty rooms strapped to stiffening chairs.
As a result, those natural defenses are no longer on high alert. We fall ill more easily. We stress out, lose sleep, and wake up without focus or energy.
The Method is based on three powerful pillars
The first pillar of the Wim Hof Method® is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.
The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the Wim Hof Method®. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.
The third pillar of the Wim Hof Method® is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.
Take back control
What Wim Hof discovered in his long and intimate dance with the cold, is that this age-old natural defense system is still in place. A glowing ember, dormant inside our DNA; waiting to be rekindled.
With specialized breathing you can blow the dust out of your system. Controlled exposure to cold can shock all those gears back into motion. Together, they can restore that innate strength to its full capacity.
While we cannot turn back the clock on cell phones and carefully controlled temperatures; by simulating the natural environment that our DNA is still built on, we can reap the benefits that those wonderfully cold circumstances once afforded us.
Consistent Wim Hof Method® practice rewards you with maximum energy, restful sleep, an uncluttered headspace, and a host of other benefits. It is a gym membership, mindfulness coach, and health insurance all rolled into one.
Start learning today with one of our video courses
While consistent Wim Hof Method practice is key, even a single breathing session charges your muscles with enough oxygen to double the amount of push-ups you can do, and just one minute spent under cold water gives you a jolt of energy that makes you feel like the Hulk for the rest of the day.
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The Fundamentals course is an online course that teaches you the Wim Hof Method through a series of fun and easy instructional videos.
With his characteristic deep, warm voice, Wim Hof teaches you the power of the breath and cold, guiding you every step of the way on a natural path to strength, health and happiness.
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The Classic 10-Week Video Course is an online course that teaches you the Wim Hof Method through a series of fun and easy instructional videos.
With his characteristic deep, warm voice, Wim Hof teaches you the power of the breath and cold, guiding you every step of the way on a natura...
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A great way to learn the Wim Hof Method® is through live events, because they offer personal guidance and instant feedback that is tailored to your needs and wishes.
Whether you are looking to improve your athletic performance, relieve symptoms related to a health condition, or are just curious to find out what the Wim Hof Method® is all about— there’s something to be found for everyone.
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