Breathwork is the conscious practice of controlled breathing through a variety of exercises and techniques where a practitioner intentionally changes their breathing pattern in the hopes of improving physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These exercises are usually intended to leave the practitioner in either a more relaxed or a more energized state, depending on the type of breathwork being practiced.
Finland’s Arctic circle might not seem like a great place to run a marathon barefoot and in shorts—unless you’re Wim Hof. Hof, better known as "The Iceman," has attained roughly two dozen world records by completing marvellous feats of physical endurance in conditions that would kill others.
Disciples of 61-year-old Wim Hof climb mountains in bikinis and party barefoot in the snow. He tells Charlotte Edwardes how he turned the health benefits of ice into a lucrative business, with millions of followers—one ended up becoming his much younger second wife.