February 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm #992
So, I never heard of this guy before (J-Ryze was always mentioning breathing exercises on gratitude live streams but I never figured out what it was all about) and saw this video today on Evan’s channel:
I was really impressed and curious and ended up researching about this guy and his exercises for hours. So I decided I’m going to give this a try. 🙂
I’m going to do the exercises at least once every day and write about my experience in this topic. Feel free to create your own topic and share your own experience with Wim Hof’s exercises if you are doing them as well. 🙂
- This topic was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by Mihovil.
February 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm #994
DAY 1: Saturday (4th February 2017) – 6:10 PM
I couldn’t wait for the morning to start with this so I did it before my dinner (because of the empty stomach).
1. I took the lying position in my bed and started with strong and short bursts of in and out breathing. Although the recommendation is 30 bursts, I wasn’t counting and was doing it until I started to feel strange tingling sensation in my body which Wim Hof was mentioning in his video. This sensation started discreetly and was intensifying with every new breath I took.
2. With the last “burst out” I didn’t take any more oxygen and I was holding my breath for what seemed as an eternity (I forgot to turn on the stop watch on my mobile which was right next to me). Couple of times I almost went into the panic mode and took some air in but I was able to calm myself down and focus on my body (the oxygen supply in it), telling myself that I have enough of oxygen and that there is no reason to take more in. As I understand, the key here is to shut your brain down to the extent, just like during meditation, to avoid this “panic modes”. I was in this state for probably around 2 minutes, assuming by the overall time that went by and by my own feeling, although that part can be deceiving. Two minutes without taking any oxygen for me is much much more than I could do without it normally.
3. I took some air in and was breathing normally for about 5 seconds to recover. Then I took another big breath and was holding it in for about 15 second and then I let it out.
I will do another exercise tomorrow morning and will turn on the stop watch on my mobile this time to actually see the exact time and to be able to track my progress overtime. 🙂 I will wait a little on cold showers but I plan to start doing them as well soon. 🙂
All in all, this seems as very fun and easy combination of breathing exercises and meditation. And if it really helps with your resistance to cold and overall health, even better! 🙂
February 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm #1011
DAY 2: Sunday (5th February 2017) – 8:00 – 8:25 PM
Today I started with a breathing exercise few hours after having a (light) dinner. Not a perfect set up.
1. This time I took a sitting position (which for me was much more comfortable for this exercise) on my bed. I started with power breaths. Again, I didn’t count them and was doing them until the first “symptoms” appeared. In this case, there was no tingling sensation, only a mild dizziness.
2. This time I turned my stop watch on my mobile on when I went to the second phase. I had a few “panic modes” again but this time it was easier because I knew how it goes. My time was 1:28 min. I’m not sure if I took a breath after another “panic mode” or after the actual gag reflex, but overall I am happy with this time. 🙂
3. Then I took a big breath and was holding it in for about 10-15 seconds and then I let it out.
After the breathing exercise I took 10 min break and then I went for the shower.
Shower: I originally planned to take a normal shower and just end with a cold one but instead I took the cold shower. I don’t know the exact temperature of the water but it wasn’t freezing. It was something between cold and mild but it certainly wasn’t pleasant. The unpleasant part lasted for about 20 seconds and at that time I was doing power breaths. I was under a shower for about 5 minutes, it wasn’t unpleasant at all after the first 20 seconds. 🙂
February 6, 2017 at 1:32 am #1012
DAY 3: Monday (6th February 2017) – 6:10 – 6:20 AM
1. I woke up at 6 AM, feed my cat and went back to bed, but not to sleep. I took a sitting position on my bed and started with power breaths. This time I took exactly 30 power breaths as Wim Hof instructs. No dizziness or tingling in my body appeared (should it?). I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing, but regardless, step 2 was successful. 🙂
2. No panic modes this time, well, only one at the very beginning of this exercise. I lasted 1:42 (new record) this time and took a breath upon gag reflex.
3. I took a big breath and was holding it in for about 10 seconds and then I let it out.
After the exercise I was meditating in the same position for 5 minutes.
February 6, 2017 at 10:38 am #1013
Relaxing Sleep StationParticipant26 #believe points
Hey Mihovil, I love that you are up to trying new things and are documenting your experience. It’s been interesting to follow.
I’ve bookmarked the video to watch later.
Have you set a minimum amount of days you are going to do it for, or is it now part of your daily routine?
February 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm #1029
Thanks man! 🙂 I’m going to do the exercises for a month and decide if I will continue it as a daily routine. I still don’t know how long I will document the process, probably for 10 days, will see. 🙂
Hm, you should definitely try this. Since you are diagnosed with CFS, it might actually help. As I can see online, CFS is supposedly related to weakened immune system, correct? Well, Wim Hof’s exercises are making immune system stronger and enrich human body with oxygen, which is always great against fatigue. You have nothing to lose and can gain a lot. 🙂
February 13, 2017 at 10:04 am #1074
Yessssssssss! Wim Hof is so awesome! Breath control is so awesome! Evolved health & wellbeing is awesome!
So glad you’re feelin’ this, and so glad Evan focused on health and was receptive to input 🙂
Did you notice the breathing takes away the cold? 🙂
- This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by J-Ryze.
February 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm #1091
Yes, it indeed is awesome!
Although I didn’t post here anymore, I’m still doing this daily, sometimes even twice per day, but mostly once.
What I have noticed:
1. Doing the breathing exercise in the morning refreshes me instantly. When I start I’m basically still sleeping and after few minutes – bam, ready to go! Which is nothing strange, it is the way oxygen works in our body. But it is funny how easily and fast it works.
2. Cold water is not nearly that cold when you take a cold shower right after the exercises. Also, breathing the right way under cold shower helps as well by itself (no matter if you do the exercises before it). It is also fascinating how good you feel after a cold shower. Taking a warm/hot shower now would make me feel guilty in a way. 🙂
3. The way you are able to use your oxygen supplies is mind blowing to me. If someone told me that in a week+ of doing this once every day I’ll be able to hold my breath for 2+ minutes I would be laughing like crazy. But it really works. Although, this is not only related to the exercises, it is also related to one’s ability to calm the brain down and not to allow it to go to the state of panic since it is used to old breathing patterns/tempo.
I plan to do the breathing exercises twice very day now since it does not require a lot of time. I will post any new findings here if I will have any. 🙂
February 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm #1101
Yes, dude, I agree, support, encourage, and have had similar experiences with it.
Breath control rocks.
So does Wim.
So does Miho 🙂
February 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm #1162
EvanParticipant17 #believe points
Keep up the journey Mihovil – I’m excited to see where it takes you. I’m following a version of it myself and slowly making it longer 🙂 #Believe
February 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm #1164
Thanks for the support man, I sure will, it is too awesome to quit. 🙂
February 18, 2017 at 5:17 pm #1176
I walked up and down the street for like 15min in a t-shirt yesterday lol.
A french couple said to each other
“That guy eez cray-zee.”
“Non, I do not think he is cray-zee…”
And I couldnt hear the rest lol.
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February 21, 2017 at 1:58 am #1183
Thx for the info man. 🙂 I’m currently at 2 per day – early morning and before dinner.
February 22, 2017 at 11:30 am #1185
I do it whenever I feel like it, which is how I approach most things 🙂
February 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm #1188
Great approach, can’t get wrong with that. 🙂
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