Wim Hof Method
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Breathing meditation

Meditation is great for relieving stress, for boosting your concentration, and it can even help you sleep better. Breathing properly is an important part of every form of meditation, as it helps to calm your body, which brings you to a state of relaxation. Focusing on your breath while meditating serves two purposes: it keeps your mind from wandering, and it gives you the opportunity to improve your breathing technique. The Wim Hof Method can help you get the most out of your breaths, and you can easily incorporate the Wim Hof breathing exercises into your meditation routine. Feel free to take our free Mini Class and discover the power of the Wim Hof Method!

How to breathe properly during meditation

Another term for breathing meditation is mindful breathing. It is one of the most basic forms of meditation, and it ultimately enables you to consciously influence your breathing in daily life. Breathing meditation is focused on how deep you breathe, how often you breathe, and the parts of your body that are reached by your breath. Below is a simple exercise that can help you get started with mindful breathing.

The first step is to find a quiet place where you can meditate in peace. The best position for this type of meditation is seated in a chair or on the floor. Make sure you maintain an upright and comfortable posture throughout the exercise.

Just breathe through your nose. Notice the length of your breaths, and where they are going within your body. Are you breathing through your abdomen or your chest? Do you feel your breaths pass your nostrils and your throat?

Stay focused on the sensations that are caused by your breathing, and keep your mind from wandering. It is important to immediately return focus to your breath when you catch yourself lost in thought.

After a while, distracting thoughts will begin to subside, and your mind becomes clear. As you experience a sense of inner peace, stress dissipates, and your body relaxes.

Breathe Properly During Meditation

Breathing exercises of the Wim Hof Method

As breathing is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing, breathing exercises are an important part of the Wim Hof Method. The particular breathing exercises of the Wim Hof Method share aspects with ancient techniques such as Tummo meditation and Pranayama yoga, but are ultimately one of a kind. After mastering the breathing exercises, you will be able to release energy within your body, which helps you relieve mental and physical stress, among many other things. Combining the breathing exercises with training your focus and with controlled exposure to cold, helps you gain a level of control over your body that was previously thought to be impossible.

Practice the Wim Hof Method

Wim Hof and his dedicated staff have developed a special Fundamentals video course, to make the Wim Hof Method accessible for as many people as possible. The video course gives you the opportunity to start practicing the method whenever and wherever you want. You can make your way through the course at your own pace, and rewatch the videos as many times as you like. After completion of the video course, you will have proper understanding of all the important aspects of the Wim Hof Method, the underlying physiological mechanisms, and how you can integrate the various exercises into your daily life. You can watch some testimonials from people that already practice the method here.

The three pillars

Three pillars form the foundation of the Wim Hof Method. These pillars are breathing exercises, gradual exposure to cold, and focus. Combining the pillars and actively incorporating them into your daily routines gives you everything you need to become a stronger, happier, and healthier individual. Many of the people who already use the method on a daily basis report very powerful positive effects, such as reduced stress, more energy, an increase in willpower, and even relief from diseases such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. These incredible effects have urged scientists to investigate the physical mechanisms behind the Wim Hof Method. You can read more about their research here.

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Wim Hof Method is assesed on average with an 9.5 out of 10 based on 2147 experiences written by participants

Tineke, Testimonial Wim Hof
Tineke, The Netherlands
I have severe arthritis in my left hip. By implementing the Wim Hof Method in my daily life, I can deal with this without getting surgery. I love Wim’s purity. His coaching inspires me and gives me energy. I’m almost 66 years old and by practicing the Wim Hof Method I feel much more...
Albert, Testimonial Wim Hof
Albert, The Netherlands
For 12 years now I have had rheumatism. Thanks to the Wim Hof Method I have been able to halve the amount of anti-inflammatory drugs. My goal is to completely stop the use of anti-inflammatory drugs after finishing the video course.
Aivar, Testimonial Wim Hof
Aivar, Estonia
I am 52 years old, and after 10 weeks of the Wim Hof Method I am in the best shape I have ever been. I did 30 push-ups as a test before I started the course, and when I finished I did 100 push-ups for the first time in my life. The Wim Hof Method gives you a good mood, it’s addictive!
Monic, Testimonial Wim Hof
Monic, The Netherlands
It’s only been 4 weeks since I started, but the results are remarkable! Thank you from the heart for changing my life, my health, and my understanding about my own power and the influence I have on this. I’m looking forward to a nice cold winter in the Netherlands.
Mino, Testimonial Wim Hof
Mino, Germany
Learning Wim’s method is like studying from one of nature’s best students. My life long fear of cold is history. I now fully enjoy cold immersions, but the benefits are not limited to cold. I am now a better person and a happier being. I smile when facing life challenges.
Gregor Testimonial Wim Hof
After 8 months of daily Hoffing, puffing and cold showers I can claim to be cured of my 5 year burnout. Not having had a single cold or flu, my sore knee is working perfectly again, which was very painful the last 2 years. It is like a miracle, and I’m really grateful that our paths crossed.
Franco, Testimonial Wim Hof
Franco, USA
Wim I hope to train with you someday. I love to jump into that cold water and climb that mountain with you. Your method has truly helped me with psoriatic arthritis. I am no longer taking Humira injections for my symptoms. I am controlling it with breathing, cold showers and ice baths.
Matthew, Testimonial Wim Hof
Matthew, Australia
I would have paid $10,000 for this, but that would not be enough because this has changed my life. I feel like I have taken Valium yet am supercharged. As a clinical psychologist my days can be very stressful. There is a stillness inside me now, and what I am really amazed by is the peace lasts.
Per Kristian, Testimonial Wim Hof
Per Kristian, United Kingdom
After 3 weeks of daily practicing my medication (Naproxen) for long-standing sciatica has been cut by 80%, and my arm pain and 'pins and needles' following a neck injury 50 years ago has been halved!
Arthur, Testimonial Wim Hof
Arthur, USA
I got anxiety 2+ years ago, and have had panic attacks every day since. Medicine helped a little. I came across your videos and started to walk my 2 miles a day in only a t-shirt at 20F degrees. Within 2 weeks my anxiety went away! I found it to be a miracle.
James, Testimonial Wim Hof
James, USA
I’ve had astonishing results battling addiction with the Wim Hof Method. It has saved my life and is the only thing that worked on getting clean and healthy. I go ahead and get my suffering over with in the cold showers, so I don't have to suffer throughout the day. Pretty good trade to...
Georg, Testimonial Wim Hof
Georg, Germany
Cardiac and respiratory arrest began my life. Heart defect and cleft palate pushed diseases. Depression, lack of self-efficacy, and post traumatic stress disorder followed. The Wim Hof Method frees me: I am twenty-nine years old, and I love to live. Thank you!
Grant, Testimonial Wim Hof
Grant, Australia
I was born with Spina Bifida, and was told I would end up in a wheelchair. After incorporating the Wim Hof Method into my daily life I have begun to see results in my pain levels and athleticism. I am no longer looking down the barrel of becoming a paraplegic, and I attribute that in part to the...
Raúl, Testimonial Wim Hof
Raúl, The Netherlands
From the 90s to 2012 I developed hayfever symptoms and had to take daily medications in order to cope. The effect of these medications only lasted for several hours. By using the Wim Hof Method training daily, my body has conquered hayfever symptoms since 2013.
Benjamin Testimonial Wim Hof
I started the Wim Hof method in October of 2018, and now the holes I had in my brain are gone. My neurosurgeon was so impressed by the scans that he told me I don't have to come back anymore. I take this as proof that this method works to regenerate brain tissue.