He’s submerged himself in ice for an hour and 53 minutes – a world record – without his core body temperature fluctuating. He’s climbed Mount Everest in shorts, is impervious to altitude sickness, and completed a marathon in the Namibian Desert, sans water.
He’s not an illusionist like David Blaine, or a genetic freak of nature – he’s Wim Hof, the master of meditation.
Hof is both unique, and nothing more than an average man. The seemingly impossible feats he pulls off are neither a miracle of man or science, but of meditation. With his breathing techniques and ability to focus his mind & body, he’s proven – under laboratory, scientific settings no less – that he can influence his autonomic nervous system and immune system as well. So theoretically, in addition to his invincibility against the elements, he can tell his body to fend off severe autoimmune diseases.
To prove that anyone can do the Hof, VICE hosts Matt Shea and Daisy-May Hudson accept the Zen master’s tutelage in how to climb a frozen mountain in shorts without succumbing to the cold.
You can check out their adventures in the documentary below, which quickly became a psychedelic journey across Europe that balanced between science and spirituality.