What happens in a yoga class inspired by the Wim Hof method? Watch the video to find out.
When an instructor says you have to wiggle your fingers and toes to wake up from savasana, I’m always a little sad. It’s a little jarring to go into the real world after reaching top relaxation. Five, a unique practice in Brooklyn created by Danielle McCallum, takes that feeling to the next level – breathing followed by an ice bath.
In the latest section of What Wellness, host Ella Dove takes Five, a class of five parts: yoga, meditation, breathing, cold exposure and you. McCallum, a yoga teacher and Wim Hof method instructor, partially created Five to share the benefits of cold exposure. “Ice baths are good for circulation, they are good for energy. They reduce inflammation, so it helps to recover from injuries and illness,” says McCallum. “These are tools that have greatly enhanced my health and I would like to pack them together.”
The Wim Hof method has three parts: mind training, breathing and cold exposure. “The philosophy behind it is that greater health leads to greater happiness,” she says. “When you get out of the tub, you will feel so alive, so refreshed, that you will feel like a super woman.”
Meditation and breathing – athletic, deep and fast – are intended to help prepare the body for the effects of the cold. Once in the tub, McCallum says you need to maintain that focus on breathing. “Once you get in, your breathing will naturally start to accelerate in response to the cold, so you will focus on slowing your breathing, really stretching it out.”
McCallum teaches Five twice a month at the Brooklyn Athletic Club. Each class is limited to eight students and costs $ 40.
Want to see what else Dove has done? Watch her get a $ 220 ‘royal jelly’ face care for a queen, or learn the proper way to use a Theragun.