The Wim Hof Innerfire workshop took place on a mild, cloudy day on Treasure Island in San Francisco. Roughly 200 people from all walks of life traveled to meet for the one day workshop. Ice baths, breathing, and a deep dive into what is known as the Wim Hof Method was the agenda for the event.
Let's take a step back and answer a few questions:
Who is Wim Hof?
Wim Hof, better known as the "Ice Man", is a Dutch man that can perform some rather "superhuman" feats.
Wim is internationally renowned for his countless ice endeavors that range from being up to his neck in a cylinder filled with ice cubes for over 90 minutes, swimming long distances under polar ice, running a marathon barefoot to climbing the Everest in nothing more than a pair of shorts. It gained him worldwide fame and his nickname: The Iceman. Wim has shown what the human body is capable of once you find the flow within your physical and mental state. Right now he especially sees his new challenge in passing on his method to others to give everyone the opportunity to reach out and do more than what they thought they were capable of. Through the right training and exercises, you can strengthen your inner nature and prevent disease.
Vice Media told Wim's story of his past, present and the future of what he hopes to accomplish. You can see the documentary HERE
What is the Wim Hof Method?
The Wim Hof method has four pillars: 1) Breathing exercises 2) Meditation 3) Cold Exposure 4) Physical practice (yoga, rowing, bodyweight exercise)
Wim, from the beginning, has welcomed and encouraged scientific scrutiny. This is why we at Manna got interested in his claims in the first place. Radboud University (Netherlands) conducted extensive research on Wim's claim that he could influence his autonomic nervous system (immune system, breathing, most homeostatic functions) when it came to illness. The researchers injected the group (control and a group trained by Wim) with an endotoxin - similar to the flu - the control group got sick, whereas Wim's group, trained in the Wim Hof Method was able to fight off the endotoxin.
Why is Manna interested in Wim Hof's method?
Early on in the life of Manna, I [Jay Dee] became interested in meditation and began ramping up my training in rowing and fitness. I began being more mindful of my breath while training. I'd always heard about connection to your breath from years of Yoga - it never really sank in what that meant. Meditation was great and showing very good results, but I would get bored and fell asleep sometimes.
The breath was a way to meditate, be a little bit more active than just "ceasing to think". Finding that disconnect from my mind and thoughts was much more attainable - faster and easier. It is a very effective way to find that midpoint between consciousness and unconsciousness. The method also has great benefits to our physiological performance during exercise. We've been experimenting with the method for the past year and are very pleased with the results! We've implemented many of the main themes from WHM (breathing & mindfulness) into our classes and can't wait to share them with you at our studio classes, at your office space, or your next fitness and mindfulness event with us!
Why did Manna attend the workshop?
Simply put, we wanted to see the "Ice Man" in the flesh and see what he was all about. We are happy to report that he is every bit as charismatic as we have seen in the media covering him. We were able to network with some of the finest in the world. The Chicago Cubs had a representative from their strength and conditioning team. Tony Robbins had one of his representatives in attendance. Lawyers, doctors, researchers, biologists, physiologists, tech entrepreneurs - everyone present was seeking to find that 1% improvement in lifestyle, performance, and well-being. We got to gift Wim a Manna shirt - he was stoked!