Water.io podcast: Episode 3 - Embracing the Cold with Yoav Yosha on Water Academy

Water.io podcast: Episode 3 - Embracing the Cold with Yoav Yosha on Water Academy

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Welcome back to Water Academy, the podcast dedicated to exploring the connections between water, wellness, and technology. Today, we're thrilled to have Yoav Yosha, an expert in ice bathing and innovative breathing methodologies, join us.

Q: Yoav, could you share a bit about your journey into ice bathing and breath work?
A: Yoav: Thanks for having me! I’ve always been drawn to water, from water polo at age five to becoming a diving and surfing instructor. About two years ago, I bought a freezer and started experimenting with cold plunges daily after learning from sources like Wim Hof. The changes I experienced were profound, impacting both my physical and mental health.


Q: What are some of the physiological benefits of cold exposure?
A: Yoav: Cold exposure acts like a cardiovascular workout due to the vasoconstriction and dilation it induces, which is beneficial for the heart. It also reduces inflammation, aiding in recovery between workouts and improving overall health.

Q: And what about the mental benefits?
A: Yoav: Mentally, ice bathing is transformative. It trains your amygdala, the fear center of the brain, helping you manage anxiety and stress. Regular exposure to cold can make you more resilient and courageous, equipping you to face life’s challenges with confidence.

Q: For those new to ice bathing, what tips can you offer to safely start this practice?
A: Yoav: It’s important to approach ice bathing with caution, especially at first. Start with short exposures, just a few minutes at a time, and always ensure you’re well-hydrated before and after. It’s also wise to consult with or even start your first few sessions under the guidance of a certified instructor.

Q: How does staying hydrated play into the practice of ice bathing?
A: Yoav: Hydration is crucial. The body experiences significant stress during cold exposure, and staying hydrated helps manage this stress and supports the body’s recovery process.

Q: Can you share a memorable water-related story from your experiences?
A: Yoav: Certainly! Water has been a significant part of my life since day one. Interestingly, my mother was swimming the day she went into labor with me. I've been connected to water from my very first moments, and it's played a foundational role throughout my life.


Thank you, Yoav, for sharing your insights and experiences with us today. For our listeners, remember that like meeting the cold, meeting your hydration needs is crucial. Our smart water bottles are designed to help you achieve just that. Visit us at water.io to learn more about how our technology can support your wellness journey.