Ayşegül Karaali

I am just a curious person who likes nature and sports, hikes up to the mountains and jumps into the cold waters, runs in the forests and travels as much as possible. I am Aisha, a 23 year old Turkish girl, born and raised in Istanbul. Three years ago I moved to Slovenia with my little sister. We planned to stay in Slovenia for a year so that she could study and I could improve my English. After a while, I decided to continue with my studies in Slovenia. Started studying the language, and now I Iive and study in this beautiful country. I explore the country and its culture while still improving both English and Slovene. Here, I am going to share my stories with you. Join me through the adventure.


Body Needs Cold Water


Today was one of the best days of my life. It was just a step more to understanding my body.

How strong and delicate are our bodies…… Most of the time, we tend to protect our body by keeping it warm and making it comfortable as much possible. As you take care of your body it becomes even more delicate like a child who needs her mammy and turns out like a guy who still needs her mammy.

I want my body to be independent and strong. I would like to see it’s potential and push a little bit forward but not too harsh because I love it. This is the only place that I have to live in and I think I need this experiment to understand it.

Usually, we think that the body needs good conditions to be healthy and strong although it might be the opposite of it.

We also want the same for our children.

What is really essential, is finding the power in you. To push the limits while still loving your body. We do not need to suffer but a little pain brings pleasure. I decided to swim in the cold water. Let yourself swim in the cold water, you will see how beautiful it is. Swimming in the cold water is pure love.

Wim Hof Method

Let me tell you about the Wim Hof Method. It is a training program that involves a breathing technique, concentration exercises, gradual cold exposure and physical exercise without breathing and was invented by the Dutch “Iceman” Wim Hof, who holds several world records for withstanding extreme cold.

The goal is to gradually get used to the cold yourself through physical and mental training.

It starts with a few rounds of focused breathing. First, you find a comfortable position, sitting or lying down, close your eyes and relax.

Then, breath fully into your lungs and let go again. After doing that 30 times, fully breath in one last time and empty your lungs with a large exhale, before stopping your breathing.

Now there is no air in the lungs, but your body is saturated with oxygen, which can be felt with tingling in your hands and face. There is no need for breathing, just remain calm and enjoy the process. When the urge to breath gets too strong, breath fully in and hold your breath for another 10 seconds. Also, make sure to have a watch or timer close by to measure how long you were able to refrain from breathing.

This breathing technique prepares your cardiovascular system for the most intimidating but also the most important and most rewarding part of the Wim Hoff Method. The cold exposure through a cold shower or swimming in the cold water.

How was my experience? The breathing part was truly tiring. After I prepare myself for the cold water I was ready to go.

Then I went and jumped into the water. ”WOOOAHHH!!” Noo! It was definitely colder than I expected.

We could not measure it, but It was definitely less than 5degrees. You do not have to jump into the freezing water as I did. So it’s much better If you go slow and allow you to body to adjust.

At first, my body was in pain, I touched my stomach and almost my organs were shaking. This shock effect gave my body pleasure. I wanted to stand in the water for a while.

When I came out of the water, I was not cold anymore. I felt a rising temperature from my womb. Just my hands and feet were cold. My body was warm and I felt like I was filled with energy.it was a great experience. As my body breathes again.

Then I practiced qigong. Qigong is a traditional Chinese system of movements and postures that are intended to balance your qi (chi) and expand your mental clarity. If you would like to learn about further I will share you the link. https://www.organicfacts.net/qigong.html

A while ago when I tried it with a friend for the first time we were home. I even told him that I had to be outside then I would be connected to my body and the movements.

Now here I’m trying it again and It’s totally different.




You can watch my experience.