The man who breathes like dolphins

August 11, 2014 | Environment
Stig Severinsen: the man who doesn't breathe

In 2012, Stig Severinsen, the "human dolphin," broke the record for the longest time breath held underwater, in a London pool.

The man who doesn't breathe spent 22 minutes submerged using a special technique that he has been developing for ten years. But he has done more.

The 41-year-old Danish also holds the record for the longest underwater swim, that is 500 feet (152 meters and 40 centimeters) completed in two minutes and 11 seconds, in a frozen lake in East Greenland.

Severinsen has also designed "Ultimate Surf Survival," a training program exclusively aimed at surfers and big wave surfers wanting to improve breathing techniques in extreme ocean conditions.

An average person breathes 20,000-30,000 times per day, so the simple act of filling our lungs is quite relevant in our lives. That is why Stig Severinsen - freediving world champion, PhD in Medicine and founder of "Breathelogy" - wants you to look at breathing with new eyes.

"It is surprising how little attention the breath and all its facets are given in sports training, teaching and education. This may be because our Western culture has no tradition of considering something as diffuse and "airy" as the breath," Severinsen reveals.

Stig Severinsen is 1.85 meter tall and weighs 80 kilograms. He lives in Aalborg, Denmark. His breathing control techniques include yoga and meditation.

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