Wim Hof Method Breathing

Unleashing the Power Within: The Wim Hof Method – Episode 2: Breathing

Good to have you back as we continue our deep dive into the Wim Hof Method. In our last episode, we introduced Cold Therapy and its numerous benefits. This time around, we're focusing on another equally vital component of the Method: Breathing.

The Power of Conscious Breathing

Breathing - it's something so inherent to our existence that we seldom give it a thought. Yet, when done consciously and with purpose, it has the potential to significantly impact our health and well-being. Every time we inhale, we draw oxygen into our lungs, where it enters our bloodstream and is transported to all the cells in our body. Oxygen is a vital player in the process of cellular respiration, where it helps convert nutrients into energy. Conversely, every exhale expels carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular respiration, from our bodies.

The Wim Hof Breathing Technique

The Wim Hof breathing technique, specifically, is designed to influence the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies and tap into our autonomic nervous system—the part of the nervous system that regulates many of our automatic bodily functions like heart rate, digestion, and temperature control.

Here's how it works:

  • Controlled Hyperventilation: The technique starts with 30-40 deep breaths, where you're inhaling more oxygen than you're exhaling. This over-oxygenates your body, leading to a temporary state of hyperventilation. This not only makes you feel more energized but also reduces the level of carbon dioxide in your blood, making your blood more alkaline—a state associated with increased resistance to fatigue and stress.
  • Breath Retention: Following the hyperventilation, you exhale and hold your breath. During this time, the oxygen levels in your body start to decrease, and the carbon dioxide levels start to rise again. This phase allows your body to adapt and optimize oxygen usage.
  • Recovery Breath: After the breath-hold, you take a deep breath, hold it for 15 seconds, and then release. This rounds off one cycle of the Wim Hof breathing technique.

To help you get started, here's a guided session with Wim Hof himself. Remember, there's no rush. Go at your own pace.


As you continue with the practice, aim to increase the duration of hyperventilation and breath retention gradually. But remember to always listen to your body.

Combining Cold Therapy and Breathing

To make the most of both Cold Therapy and Breathing, you can combine the two by practicing the breathing technique before stepping into your cold therapy session. This approach will prepare your body and mind for the cold, enhancing the overall experience.

We're excited to continue this journey with you. In the next episode, we'll explore the final pillar of the Wim Hof Method: Commitment. Stay tuned!

Until then, remember: each conscious breath you take is a step towards unlocking your body's potential. See you soon!

Your TUNDRA Team.

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