Wim Hof Comes to Dark Horse!
Just breathe. How many times have you heard a coach tell you that in the middle of an intense workout? In the heat of the moment, you might be thinking, “Easy for you to say, you’re not doing this!” but the truth is that controlling your breathing is an incredibly powerful tool to help you manage your body’s response to stress.
Wim Hof is a dude who knows a thing or two about breathing. And cold. Wim Hoff got his nickname ‘The Iceman’ by breaking a number of world records related to cold exposure including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. He used his breath to help his mind and body withstand extreme temperatures.
While you may not have any interest in testing out these extreme kinds of physical feats, I bet you do have an interest in living as long as possible, reducing stress, sleeping better, and increasing your body’s immunity. Am, I right?
The Wim Hof Method is a simple and inexpensive way for you to accomplish all of those things. And you’re in luck! The Wim Hof Method is coming to Dark Horse! So you’ll have the opportunity to check this stuff out and learn how you can incorporate these bio-hacks into your wellness routine.
Now, you may be wondering, “What exactly is the Wim Hof Method?” In a nutshell: it is a physical practice built on three pillars: Breathing, Mind-set, and Cold Exposure.
Why Cold Exposure?
Proper exposure to cold is linked to a number of different health benefits. For example, scientists have found evidence that exposure to cold speeds up the metabolism and increases the buildup up of brown adipose tissue (read: fat loss).
Cold exposure also reduces inflammation, swelling and sore muscles. This is why you see many professional athletes using ice baths and other types of cold exposure to speed up recovery.
Additionally, cold body therapy improves sleep quality, creates an improved immune response, and helps to balance your hormone levels.
If that weren’t enough, it immediately elevates the production of endorphins — the feel good chemicals found in the brain that naturally elevate your mood. I guarantee you’ll feel amazing after an ice bath!
Keep learning more about cold exposure here!
Why Breath Work?
We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.
The Wim Hof Method is also linked to reducing symptoms of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and several autoimmune diseases! Did you know that Wim was voluntarily injected with a pathogen, and through his breathing was able to develop an immune response to mitigate the symptoms of disease?! Crazy stuff, right?
Keep learning more about the power of breath here!
The third pillar of the Wim Hof Method is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication (aka will-power) in order to be fully mastered. People with low willpower tend to make poor choices in life, because they give in to short-term goals at the expense of longer-term goals. People with more willpower are happier, healthier, more satisfied in relationships, have better careers and can cope with stress, conflicts and adversities more easily.
Willpower, self-control and commitment are very important parts of the Wim Hof Method, because conscious breathing and cold therapy require patience and dedication. Wim believes you can train your brain to increase willpower and self-control.
Learn more about the benefits of willpower here!
Wim Hof Method Instructor Christina Casey is coming to CFDH to teach us the 3 pillars of the Wim Hof Method. In this workshop you will learn how to utilize oxygen and cold exposure to improve your health and wellness.
Christina says, “Whether you are looking to improve mental or physical performance, relieve symptoms related to an illness, or are just curious to find out what the Wim Hof Method is all about— a WHM workshop offers something for everyone. I guide participants with the love of a mother, the energy of a hippie, the strength of an athlete and the professional background of a registered nurse.”
“You are stronger than you think you are.”
Date: June 27
Time: 12p – 4p
Space is very limited to insure personal instruction for each participant.
Click HERE to reserve your spot before it’s gone!
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