Breathing is a vital function of life. We breathe automatically whether we are awake, sleeping, or actively exercising. There is a special kind of breathing known as Pranayama breathing. Pranayama breathing helps you to clear physical and emotional obstacles in your body. When you practice Pranayama breathing, you become able to free your breath and free the flow of prana (your life energy). The basics of Pranayama breathing are similar to the breathing exercises of the Wim Hof Method. Learn what Wim Hof’s breathing exercises can do for you in our online free Wim Hof Method Mini class.
Pranayama breathing exercises
Breathing happens automatically and takes place in our subconsciousness. But with all our daily stressors, responsibilities, and busy lives, physical and mental obstacles can arise in our bodies. These can cause a more shallow or stilted breath, without you even noticing. Unconscious breathing patterns that restrict the flow of breath and prana can evolve. This in turn can be very harmful to your overall health.
Importance of breath
Pranayama breathing exercises can help you attain a regular and healthy way of breathing, through which you can supercharge your whole body and strengthen your respiratory organs. When you practice the Pranayama breathing exercises, you allow yourself to let your breath flow freely and thereby clear your body from bad energy. With improved breathing, you stimulate your body to function better, while at the same time balancing your mind.
Pranayama breathing techniques
Just like yoga poses, different Pranayama techniques also have different effects on our bodies. For example, Kapalabhati Pranayama energizes and detoxes the body by breathing in a strong and fast rhythm. The Nadi Shodhana and Sama Vritti are Pranayama breathing exercises to relax or keep balance. When you want to achieve the best results, it is necessary to practice the exercises regularly. By practicing for 20-30 minutes a day you already feel more balanced and alive.
The Wim Hof Method and Pranayama breathing
The powerful method of Wim Hof helps you to experience a lot of health benefits by practicing, among other things, breathing exercises. People who practice the Wim Hof Method report many advantages, such as an improved immune system, more energy, and a substantial reduction of stress. When you want to experiment with Pranayama breathing yourself, the Wim Hof Method is a great way to do so. You immediately experience your ability to take control of your body and live a healthier and happier life.
Practice the Wim Hof Method
Everyone can practice the Wim Hof Method. Wim Hof himself teaches you his scientifically underpinned method in an easy to follow, and step-by-step video course. You can start your journey today by signing up for our 10-week Fundamentals video course. And, best of all, the course can be followed from within the comforts of your own home! The series with fun, easy, and motivational classes are achievable for all. Our video course is available in English, with subtitles in French, Spanish, Dutch, and German.
The three pillars
The Wim Hof Method is based on three principles, which are called ‘pillars’ by Wim. The pillars of the Wim Hof Method are breathing exercises, meditation, and exposure to cold. When you combine the exercises of each pillar, they help you to take control of your body and mind. The benefits you experience as a result of the breathing exercises that are part of the Wim Hof Method are similar to the benefits you experience when practicing Pranayama breathing. Both relieve stress, improve blood circulation, boost the immune response, and provide you with more energy. So, do not hesitate any longer and let the three pillars of the Wim Hof Method change your life for the better!