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The Inertia

You have seen all sorts of breathing exercises. Belly breathing, air sipping, 4-7-8 Breath, bellows breath, etc. There are many, and they’re all relatively similar in the fact that you breathe in and out. Depending on why you’re doing a breathing excersize—it could be for relaxation or sleeping or freediving—the best people to listen to are often the experts. John John Florence is an expert, and here’s his breathing exercise.

“Koa Smith got me into the Wim Hof breathing method,” Florence says. “It’s a great way to stay calm, centered and focused. Here are the basics as I learned them from Koa, but make sure you do this with an expert first and never do it alone before free diving, etc.”

You’ve probably heard of Wim Hof. Laird Hamilton and Kelly Slater both swear by his teachings, and Hof’s got the credentials to back them up. He runs barefoot marathons in the snow, floats in ice baths for weird amounts of time, and generally has better control over his bodily functions than most people.

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1. Sit in a comfortable position or lie on your back.

2. Start with 30-40 breaths in / out through your mouth.

3. Let out all your air and hold your breath for as long as you can.

4. Breathe in for 10 seconds.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for 3 rounds.