How to combine the Wim Hof Method Breathing & the Oxygen Advantage Breathing technique?

How to combine the Wim Hof Method Breathing & the Oxygen Advantage Breathing technique?


In this video I would like to discuss how one can combine, the Wim Hof Method breathing and the Oxygen Advantage breathing techniques. I will provide a brief review of the two systems, give you my suggestions and finally mention how the two techniques may fit within a yoga class. In 2016 I trained with Wim, I am an Oxygen Advantage / Buteyko instructor and I am a full time yoga teacher as well. So let’s quickly review the Wim Hof Breathing. The Wim Hof Breathing has been shown to increase adrenaline, bring an altered state of mind, possibly due to the shutting down of oxygen supply to the brain. It should not be practiced 30 mins prior to using any machinery or swimming and finally makes the blood alkaline. The Oxygen Advantage improves oxygenation of cells during exercise, activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System and it is a system of techniques that can be used at any time of the day but also requires regular practice for someone to see the benefits. With that in mind, I would suggest that the Wim Hof breathing would be most suitable, earlier in the day or in the evening. Earlier in the day, 1st thing in the morning if someone has problems with getting started, so they can increase adrenaline and give them a boost. Later in the day if they want to use it to get into a meditation state. Now one has to be careful with the hyperventilation part of the breathing as if they overdo it maybe they will increase adrenaline and as a result disrupt their sleep. But to the extent they breathe primarily from the nose I think they will be able to get into this state of deep relaxation without increasing significantly adrenaline. Oxygen Advantage on the other hand, can be used throughout the day. When someone is commuting, such as the short breath holds. As well as when someone is feeling tired and they can get to activate their parasympathetic nervous system with exercises such as the breathe light. Let’s also speak about exercise, in which cases should an athlete practice the Wim Hof breathing? If they are going to be doing any combat sport or any activity that requires an increase in adrenaline, the Wim Hof Method would probably be suitable. One has to be careful though because if it is done, very soon prior to exercising they may find challenge in terms of focus as the blood gases are significantly biased for the time following the Wim Hof breathing. Oxygen Advantage offers a plethora of exercises for athletes to use prior, during as well as after training. Prior to training athletes can be doing hypoxic training to increase their levels of red blood cells in their body, research has shown that this can be achieved with 3 to 5 maximum breath holds, during the training, their drills can be adjusted to incorporate breathwork : whether this is hypoxic or hypercapnic and finally they can do exercises that can involved the activation of the diaphragm which are part of the oxygen advantage technique and they can this way accelerate the recovery. Within a yoga class : the Breathe Light from Oxygen Advantage I believe can be practiced when practitioners hold asanas, hold poses for long periods of time. As for the Wim Hof breathing I think it is more suitable towards the end of the practice, before savasana.