Now that the cold temperatures are coming back for all of our friends living in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s a great time to think about and start practicing some Tummo breathing exercises to keep warm. Once considered a fringe practice (ok it is still very much a fringe practice), more and more people have been exploring Tummo breathing and in part due to Wim Hof having been promoting his method (which is based on Tummo) and gaining in popularity over the last few years. This method is used for increasing your body temperature which in turn can allow you to withstand very cold temperatures.
The health benefits of cold therapy are still being explored by the scientific community, with many of the so-called health benefits still rooted in theory. One thing though that seems to be certain, is that many people have been following these breathing methods and posting about their results and experiences, so it really looks like there is something there. And of course, take it all with a very large grain of salt, because when it comes down to it, there is no magic bullet when it comes to vanquishing diseases and attaining great health. Or is there..?
No One Likes the Cold
Some say that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who hate the cold, and those that are lying to themselves. All jokes aside, when you consider how many people have touted the benefits of cold water therapy, you’d think more people would be trying it out for themselves. However, The Cold by itself is a really hard sell while the very idea of being warm and cozy lulls us into lazy comfy complacency. No one really likes being cold, which is part of what pushes cold water therapy to the fringes and that is where Tummo comes in as a tool to train you to build internal heat and hence endure the cold. Full disclosure here: I’m still discovering Tummo and will be experimenting with it this winter season.
This 12 minute video is good example of Tummo yoga with very clear instruction on how to breathe, hold your breath, and ultimately increase your body temperature.