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|Stig Åvall Severinsen|
Stig Åvall Severinsen (born 1973, Aalborg, Denmark) is a four-time World Champion freediver and holder of multiple Guinness World Records. His lifetime passion for water and breath holding lead him to write the book “breatheology – the art of conscious breathing” which appeared in Denmark in 2009 with the title “Træk Vejret – mere energi, mindre stress”. It quickly became a bestseller and was subsequently translated and published in English in 2010 by Idelson-Gnocchi.
His experience with breath holds began when he as a child played at the bottom of his parent’s pool. He started swimming at the age of 6 and was awarded National Champion four years in a row at the age of 9, 10, 11 and 12. In the years 1993-2003 he played Underwater Rugby where he soon excelled and became part of the Danish national team. During his university studies in Barcelona, Spain (1998–1999), he played Underwater Hockey on the Spanish national team. The fascination of long breath holds under water drew him to the world of freediving.
Combining yoga and his knowledge of physiology in freediving, Stig Aavall Severinsen became a record holder of four AIDA Freediving World Records. Challenging our perception of the physiological boundaries of the human body, Stig performed two impressive Guinness World Records in 2010. In March 2010 he swam 236 feet (72 meters) under ice wearing only swimming trunks and goggles adding 47.6 feet (14.5 meters) to Wim Hof's record from March 2000. Later that year in April 2010 Stig held his breath after inhaling pure oxygen in a tank full of sharks for 20 minutes and 10 seconds emphasizing the enormous potential of human mental control on the body. In May 2012 Stig was awarded the record of "Longest time breath held voluntarily (male)" by Guinness World Records for holding his breath for 22 min.
Aavall Severinsen has developed the concept of breatheology presented in his book. He proposes that by working with your breath you can create a link between your body and mind and thereby control stress, gain more energy, perform better physically and mentally, alleviate pain and become more healthy. He has set up a web-community (www.breatheology.com) to create a common ground for people interested in learning more about the benefits of breathing and breath holding.
Freediving World Records
|19 July 2003||166 m||Dynamic Apnea without fins (DNF)||Aarhus, Denmark|
|28 Sept 2003||61 m||Constant Weight without fins (CNF)||Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela|
|16 June 2007||225 m||Dynamic Apnea (DYF)||Aarhus, Denmark|
|7 July 2007||186 m||Dynamic Apnea without fins (DNF)||Maribor, Slovenia|