Tuesday, May 11, 2010

9 Wim Hof Quotes for Yogis: The Iceman Words of Wisdom

Wim Hof Quotes

I still have fresh in my mind all those nice morning and evening talks with Wim Hof, aka the Iceman, at his country house in Poland. It was an epic week learning about the cold and listening to his words of wisdom.

Now, let me share with you nine of my favorite “Wim Hof quotes” that I picked up from our daily conversations. #7 is only for yogis ;-)


Update 2019: BTW, I visited Wim in Poland for one of his first workshops, before he had even developed or branded his very famous Wim Hof Method (WHM).  You can read all about that week in Meeting a Real Yogi: The Iceman, Wim Hof.


9 Wim Hof Quotes for Yogis: The Iceman Words of Wisdom


If you've seen the video of Wim Hof running barefoot half a marathon in Finland, at -26 Celcius, you might recall that at some point in the race the doctor told him that he might lose his toes because they were almost frozen.

Wim, however, decided to continue with half marathon.

Thinking about this video I asked Wim, “How come you decided to keep running knowing that you might lose your toes?” And he answered:

1.  “You gotta trust your own feelings.”


But he also said:

2.  “Don't be stupid, listen to what the expert have to say, but ultimately trust your own feelings.”


When discussing yoga and how he has learned so much about it just by himself he said:

3.  “The most important thing is practice and faith in the practice”


Quoting some Sanskrit text he added:

4.  “Without guru there is no knowledge, but the texts also say the guru is inside you. I call it feeling, it is my feeling who guides me. Learn to follow your inner guide, which is your feeling.”


And a few more quotes he likes to repeat often.

5.  “Spirit has no age”


6.  “Don't let anybody shake your beliefs!”


7.  “You gotta hit the snake!”


8.  “I'm not afraid to die, I'm afraid not to live”


9.  “Sometimes you really need to challenge yourself”


I find his thoughts very inspiring and very inline with the teachings of the ancient yogis.  What do you think?

I'm writing down these quotes here in my blog as a reminder of the lessons I learned during that week with Wim in Poland.

I hope you'll also find them inspiring. Perhaps you'll even feel motivated to one day meet the Iceman for one of his WHM workshops.

If you would like to read other quotes by Wim you can visit:



Which is your favorite quote?


My favorite quote from the list above is #7.  Which one is yours? Feel free to share it in the comments below.

Don't forget to visit Meeting a Real Yogi: The Iceman, Wim Hof to read about my experience with Wim, learning how to adapt to the cold.

9 Wim Hof Quotes for Yogis: The Iceman Words of Wisdom

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