EPISODE 252: Can Ice & Cold Heal Your Body & Mind?

If given the opportunity, would you climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in nothing but your shorts and sneakers? Would you trust a stuntman-turned-breathing guru with you life? On this week’s Yoga Talk Show, you’ll meet a guy who did just that—and survived to write a book about it. The guy is Scott Carney, and his teacher is former YTS guest, Wim Hof. This is a wild and somewhat reckless tale, but it’ll inspire you to push the limits of your own comfort zone, your imagined physical limitations, and perhaps live a more inspired life.

Listen in to learn:

  • How Wim Hof breathing is very similar to the drug, Diamox, used by high altitude climbers to speed up respiration
  • Why we’ve become too comfortable, too spoiled, and too numb to the world around us
  • How cold exposure and controlled hyperventilation (used intelligently) can be a powerful part of a healing regime
  • How our guest managed to summit Kilamanjaro in nothing but sneakers and a pair of shorts

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Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist. He is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado.

What Doesn’t Kill Us is his most recent book; other works include The Red Market and A Death on Diamond Mountain. Scott was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company.

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