Wim Hof ~ famous for climbing Mount Everest in shorts and shirtless AKA The Iceman, is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures.
He has set Guinness world records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice, and still holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow!
He attributes these feats to his Wim Hof Method (WHM), a combination of frequent cold exposure, breathing techniques and meditation.
There are many variations of the breathing method. The basic version consists of three phases as follows:
1. Controlled breathing: The first phase involves 30-40 cycles of breathing. Each cycle goes as follows: take a deep breath in, fully filling the lungs. Breathe out by passively releasing the breath, but not forcefully. Repeat this cycle at a steady pace thirty to forty times. Hof says that this form of hyperventilation may lead to tingling sensations or light-headedness.
2. Breath retention: After completion of the 30-40 cycles of controlled hyperventilation, take a final deep breath in, and let it out. Do not fully empty the lungs; instead let the air out until you would need to contract your diaphragm to expel more air. Hold the breath until you feel an urge to breathe again (1 to 3 minutes).
3. Recovery breath: When a strong urge to breathe occurs, take a full deep breath in. Hold the breath for around 15 to 20 seconds and let it go. The body may experience a normal head-rush sensation.
These three phases may be repeated for three or more consecutive rounds.
Practicing Wim's technique for over 2 years, I am ALWAYS amazed @ how rapidly tension and stress disappear.
Yahweh (God in Hebrew) breathed into man the "spirit" or "wind" of life.
Christ Yeshua alluded to this likeness of wind and spirit when he told Nicodemus:
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Breathe and be reborn!