How does the Iceman Wim Hof withstand the extreme cold shirtless?
Wim Hof is using breathing techniques coming from an ancient yogi technique of Pranayama. Wim can consciously regulate the temperature of his body and activate his sympathetic nervous system.
He took this ancient tradition and made it accessible and teachable for us through – The Wim Hof Method. Wim Hof says that we can control our immune system and heal any condition through sets of breaths. By controlling his mind, Wim can control his body and break all possible records to show us that the limitations are in our minds.
Wim Hof is a contemporary guru of ancient traditions. He teaches that we all can do with the body what we want as long as we learn to govern our minds.
Why did Wim Hof start to challenge his body?
In 1995, Wim’s first wife committed suicide, and his pain for her lost brought him to this path. As I mentioned in the previous article, when the pain is so big that there is nowhere else to hide, we must show up for the pain and find who we’re.
Wim had two options to deny and numb his pain or dive deep into it. He chose the latter. This brought him to the breathing techniques and experimenting with his mind to be of conscious control of his body.
“No one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.”
Would he choose to suppress his pain, a great teacher wouldn’t show us our possibilities. The only limits are in our minds.
We all have some pain that has a message for us. It’s here to make us grow and step into our power.
What pain is your source of power? How can you dive deep to discover who you are?