The journey continued
I lived on the 11th floor of an apartment building. I would get up early before work and lie on the floor next to the big windows with my eyes closed and feel the morning sun on my face. I listened to Wim’s voice leading me through the breathwork to peace. He encouraged participants to have cold showers each day. Although I do like the cold, I was never keen on cold showers. Nevertheless, I gave it a go and after breathwork I started having cold showers. At first, I would stay for just a few seconds in the cold and then back to warm. I began to spend more time in the cold water, eventually 10 minutes in the cold. I was amazed! I didn’t think the peace from the breathwork could be topped, the cold significantly intensified the inner calm. I felt like there was a granite like column of peace in my body, it was unshakable. I have a history of trauma and associated anxiety, so this inner peace was completely new to me, it was like the best present I had ever received. I then moved onto ice baths.
After breathwork and meditation I would have an ice bath. Truth be told my first ice bath was just a few seconds as I didn’t have the luxury of an instructor by my side. I was soon up to a minute then two minutes and longer. I was again just blown away, the breathwork with the cold shower are brilliant! The ice bath just took the calm to a whole new level.
I have a trauma from my childhood, it’s triggered by an associated piece of music. Whenever I heard the music I would jump up and quickly turn it off or leave, didn’t matter where I was home or coffee shop, this went on for 40 years. One day following breathwork, meditation and during an ice bath, I was listening to random music on YouTube, I was meditating and experiencing intense calm in the cold when that piece of music began playing. Now usually I would jump up and turn it off, but for the first time I didn’t even flinch, I just listened to the music, I heard it for what it is – a beautiful piece. I had finally rid myself of a 40-year trauma. That’s why I became a Wim Hof Instructor. I am currently going through my advanced training.
The Wim Hof Method
The WHM is a combination of breathwork, meditation and cold exposure. The objective is to develop resilience and inner peace. Wim Hof developed his method over 40 years, the foundation being his childhood, he nearly died several times. One time he fell asleep in snow, another time he contracted a very serious bacterial infection. As such, he became intrigued by cold and health especially immunity. He was taught yoga and meditation at a very early age. At 17 he was jumping into ice lakes to experience a deep sense of peace. He experienced one of his biggest traumas in his early 20’s, the loss of his wife. The breathwork, yoga and ice helped him to cope. Eventually he put together his method and went in search of doctors to validate it. They wouldn’t listen so he broke world records for sitting in ice. He has 26 world records. He also climbed Everest in just a pair of shorts, gloves and boots – the WHM develops resilience. The doctors took notice and now the WHM has lots of medical research to support it.
I instruct part of the 10-week course, theory, first week of breathwork techniques, meditation and ice baths. It’s all optional.
My next event is on the 6th of August at Townsville Eco Resort. You can register for the workshop here.
Please note that I get paid by the Wim Hof organisation for hosting these workshops. I donate this pay to charity. This time, I will donate to PTSD dogs Australia.