A Life of Constant Improvement: The Tony Robbins Way
According to Cryohealth, whole-body cryotherapy was first developed in Japan in 1978 for arthritis sufferers and uses liquid nitrogen to drop the user’s skin temperature by 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit over two to three minutes.
The sharp drop in temperature reduces inflammation and triggers a rush of endorphins. It can cause a tingling sensation but is painless.
Robbins bought a unit for his mother-in-law with arthritis, and after she fell in love with it he got one for himself. He said that when he first tried it, “It was like, ‘Oh, my God. This is incredible.'” He said it was especially helpful the mornings after a 12- to 14-hour seminar session.
He has a unit that goes up to his neck right now, but he said he was looking into getting a unit in which he could immerse his entire body.
Prime for the day.
“I made a deal with myself: If you don’t have 10 minutes for yourself, you don’t have a life,” Robbins said. “There’s no excuse. So I have 10 minutes, and I do this little ritual.”
He calls this ritual “priming,” and it is broken into three parts. He will usually play some form of instrumental meditative music throughout.
Part one: Breathing exercise.
Robbins does three sets of 30 Kapalabhati Pranayama breaths. In this ancient yoga exercise, a person sits straight and takes a deep inhale before exhaling forcefully by constricting his or her abdomen. The inhalations in between are slight, and the full breaths are done in quick succession. They’re concluded with a deep inhale followed by a deep exhale.
The yoga site Yoga Outlet warns that the technique is for advanced yoga practitioners and may be dangerous for novices.
Robbins says he does it because it changes the way he breathes and moves.
Part two: Expressing gratitude.
He then takes a few minutes to think of three things he’s grateful for, with one of them being something small, which can be something like “the wind on my face or the smile of my son.”
“The reason I picked gratitude is because when you’re grateful you can’t be angry,” he said. “And when you’re grateful you can’t be fearful.”
Part three: Pray.
Robbins then spends the next three minutes seeking strength and wishing good things on his family, friends, and clients. He considers it a spiritual exercise, but it doesn’t need to be tied to religion.
An incantation is an empowering phrase or language pattern that you verbalize loudly and with absolute certainty. When “incanting”, you are engaging your entire nervous system with the full force of your focus, emotion, and body to induce a new physiology and instantly cultivate new beliefs.