Pranayama is an important part of practicing yoga. Prana stands for life force (which is sustained by breathing), while Yama stands for mastery or control. By practicing Pranayama breathing exercises, you can increase your life force and let it flow throughout your entire body. There are many different Pranayama techniques that have their own distinct effect on your body. For instance, different techniques can help you warm, cool, cleanse and calm your body.
We breathe every moment of our lives, but many of us are not consciously controlling their breaths. Pranayama helps you take control. The powerful breathing exercises that are part of The Wim Hof Method are very similar to Pranayama and will help you take control of your body. Want to know more? Sign up for our 10-week video course and start your journey now.
Regularly practicing Pranayama techniques can have multiple positive effects on your body. Pranayama techniques are characterized by inhalation, exhalation, and retention of breaths. There are approximately 50 known Pranayama techniques. Some of the most popular techniques are Anulom-Vilom, Bhastrika, Ujjayi, and Sheetali, which all have their own benefits.
Known benefits of Pranayama include but are not limited to:
Improved blood circulation
Control of body temperature
Iceman Wim Hof and Pranayama
‘Iceman’ Wim Hof is known for his incredible feats, including climbing Mount Everest in shorts and running a half marathon in the snow on his bare feet. To accomplish these extraordinary challenges, Wim Hof follows a regimen of exercises that he calls The Wim Hof Method. Wim’s method is based on breathing exercises, focus, and cold therapy. Together, these exercises provide you with a means of controlling your body to a level that was previously thought to be impossible. For instance, scientists have discovered that Wim and other practitioners of The Wim Hof Method have a stronger immune response and are capable of influencing their autonomic nervous system.
Practice the Wim Hof Method
Over the years, Wim Hof has refined his method and has made it available for anyone to practice. Today, the Wim Hof Method is regarded as a proven method with a strong scientific underpinning. Unsurprisingly, thousands of people from all over the world, including professional athletes and celebrities, are already reaping the benefits of the Wim Hof Method. You can practice Wim’s method yourself anywhere and anytime with our 10-week video course. The interactive videos will teach you The Wim Hof Method in a simple step-by-step manner with the help of several powerful exercises. Within weeks you will feel like a stronger, healthier and happier individual.
Three pillars form the base of the Wim Hof Method. These pillars are breathing exercises, meditation, and exposure to cold. Together, the exercises within each pillar will help you take control over your body. Practicing The Wim Hof Method has many benefits that are also related to Pranayama breathing techniques, like stress relieve, improved blood circulation, and more energy.
Besides these benefits, scientists have found that followers of The Wim Hof Method have an improved immune response. This explains why people with different autoimmune diseases experienced a relief from symptoms after practicing Wim’s method.