Breathe to Heal | Max Strom | TEDxCapeMay

  • Published on Dec 7, 2015
  • With anxiety, stress, and sleep dysfunction skyrocketing around the globe, it's time we look at the unspoken reasons why. These debilitating challenges can be meaningfully impacted with ten to twenty minutes of breathing exercises per day. Max Strom,who has taught breath-work for 20 years, reveals his insights into the healing power of the breath.
    Max Strom teaches personal transformation, mindfulness, and yoga worldwide and is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students. His Inner Axis method addresses the internal aspects of our life and our potential for physical and emotional healing. He is the author of "A Life Worth Breathing," and, "There is No App for Happiness."
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 905

  • SMERSH009
    SMERSH009 4 hours ago

    Save yourself 20 minutes. Google "4-7-8 breath" and practice it

  • alex L
    alex L 2 days ago

    @10:25 that guy coughed because he noticed the 🍆 print on the speaker! Lol he must get very excited of this topic 😂😂

  • MarketRadio
    MarketRadio 2 days ago

    I became light-headed and dizzy after the exercise.

  • Paul Parks
    Paul Parks 3 days ago

    Breathing and meditation have changed my life like nothing else. 100% verify what this man speaks is the truth.

  • Miguel Selemane
    Miguel Selemane 3 days ago

    This Guy ..amazing..just his voice,tone...hipnotizes me...feel so relax.

  • Michal Viktorin
    Michal Viktorin 4 days ago

    I play driving simulator while listening. I already made sound of engine less noisy, but you are even more quiet than guy before you......

  • LionTheHeart
    LionTheHeart 4 days ago

    That's what I thought Fuat!

  • Kedar Kulkarni
    Kedar Kulkarni 4 days ago

    The Buddha was so right, all those years ago

  • B James
    B James 5 days ago +1

    I used to smoke through difficult times and knew it wasn't for me. Began to realize it was the conscious breathing that was helping rather than the smoking. When I concentrated on breathing without cigarettes I began to break the habit.

  • Quebec Sucks
    Quebec Sucks 6 days ago

    very good, breathe...happy mind, happy life

  • Abhishek Chauhan
    Abhishek Chauhan 6 days ago

    Top notch breaking rapport man

  • Nord Stage
    Nord Stage 6 days ago

    I know what’s the best way but I couldn’t do it. That’s my problem 🙁

  • AlphaTV
    AlphaTV 7 days ago +1

    Yoga the magic pill from India

  • Jason Hendrix
    Jason Hendrix 7 days ago

    Psilocybin cures

  • sam jones
    sam jones 7 days ago

    Stop watching the news. Withdraw from your computer. Do something else.

  • Matthew Caldwell
    Matthew Caldwell 8 days ago +2

    This is the problem i have with Americanized yoga: its ethical nihilism. CEOs, executives, American soldiers: these are the people destroying the world . they deserve sleepless nights. Yes, even the soldiers. Travel to the places they've served. Every single one a wasteland called victory. If the system they serve hurts them, the economic and power incentives butressing it needs dismantling.

  • Dhannya Nambiar
    Dhannya Nambiar 8 days ago

    Wow, Such a remarkable talk. I was clapping along. Breathing : The very basic of life process yet forgotten!

  • Feel The Pain !!!
    Feel The Pain !!! 9 days ago +1

    478 is the same system I use to smoke my spliff

  • M.F. D.
    M.F. D. 10 days ago +3

    This man should be a narrator! Does he have any guided mediation recordings?

    • Alan Jaison
      Alan Jaison 8 days ago

      There is an app in the App Store, Strategic Breathing. Ain’t free though, the introduction is free and then you pay $9 for the whole package.

  • Amit Bhatia
    Amit Bhatia 11 days ago

    Last line "Some Doors Only Open from inside..." Is a punchline. Excellent Content & Voice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Joseph K Photographer
    Joseph K Photographer 11 days ago

    A great public speaker, speaking about an important and surprisingly simple means to reconnecting with yourself, in this chaotic world of environmental stimulus. If this man hasn't proven a point, then watch it again. If that doesn't resonate with you, then find a mindfulness meditation and learn to breathe. I lost my habit of tending to myself and the depression and anxiety that grew in its place nearly killed me. Medication, counselling, psychiatry, were nothing in comparison to the effects of mindfulness and breathing. Sometimes, the most effective solution is the one that you originally doubted.

  • Max Joseph
    Max Joseph 11 days ago

    What a fantastic human being.

  • Ghulam Hussain
    Ghulam Hussain 14 days ago

    Simply excellent 😍

  • The Green Queen
    The Green Queen 14 days ago

    Just say “It’s gonna hurt really bad, for a while. I’m not going anywhere.” Beautiful advice.

  • Andrea Horan
    Andrea Horan 15 days ago

    I like his voice. However. As a very bad asthmatic I learned Buteyko breathing and it changed. My life. The emphasis is on reducing the breathing, shallow breathing through the nose rather than the mouth. The mouth CLOSED at all times. Deep breathing is not encouraged. It changed my life for the Better and. Saved me a lot of ambulance trips and tine spent in A&E.

  • Drew Michael
    Drew Michael 16 days ago

    Wow it worked I feel relaxed

  • Grace Gwozdz
    Grace Gwozdz 17 days ago

    Yeah.....all about addressing lack of vit D3 in all "depressed"? 120 ng/ml would solve this problem.

  • Vee Mcmuzy
    Vee Mcmuzy 18 days ago

    Guys voice is depressing

  • Journey 2 Wellville
    Journey 2 Wellville 18 days ago

    I did this exercise for about 7 mins after watching this and I feel happy at the end. Oh man I will be encorperating this into my life I have a bad nail biting habit since I was 4 and I am 29 now I am ready to work on this anxiety .

  • JunoJupiter GLRR
    JunoJupiter GLRR 20 days ago

    666 dislikes?
    satan isn't happy with what is been taught

  • johnhagebeuk8
    johnhagebeuk8 22 days ago

    Thank you Max very helpfull

  • Geir Ove Eide
    Geir Ove Eide 22 days ago

    Thank you'

  • Petra Sliwiak
    Petra Sliwiak 22 days ago


  • Son of Hans
    Son of Hans 23 days ago +2

    "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." ~ Romans 12:15

  • Vigilante Jake
    Vigilante Jake 24 days ago

    Good voice for speaker.

  • ripvanwho
    ripvanwho 25 days ago

    Reminds me of dr Wayne Dyer.

  • Hernan Perez
    Hernan Perez 25 days ago

    Thanks.. It was good

  • Runs with Bulls
    Runs with Bulls 25 days ago

    Amazon sells a forest of pages on how to overcome ones anxiety everyday.

  • EIE
    EIE 25 days ago

    Right about the meditation one needs to be in a certain frame of mind to start meditating once practice is established then the individual will use that as their go to.
    Is t funny how our Autonomic system managed all of the vital functions in our body but yet we have control on our breathing to a point. I think this is so we can tap into this resource to give our cells a higher quality of life otherwise why can we influence it?


  • EIE
    EIE 25 days ago

    We need to connect to people in a physical way because it’s an exchange of energy. Great news on the PTSD results.

  • Shane Borg
    Shane Borg 26 days ago

    Thankyou, wonderful

  • Earth Angel
    Earth Angel 26 days ago

    thank u sir...go for breath break than smoking break peeps👩👍

  • bibie barbie
    bibie barbie 26 days ago

    1 year now

    AGNES 27 days ago

    What is a charismatic MAN! And that voice - holy Mo! This video was GOLD, from start to finnish✨

  • Gabriela Maja
    Gabriela Maja 27 days ago

    Wonderful presentation, amazing voice. Thank you.

  • Lauren the Wolf
    Lauren the Wolf 28 days ago

    This guy sounds almost exactly like Wayne Dyer!!!

  • Barb Brazes
    Barb Brazes 28 days ago


  • Carmen Gomez
    Carmen Gomez 28 days ago

    Very informative!

  • Digna Bressers
    Digna Bressers 28 days ago

    Can you do too much diaframic breathing? How many minutes per day is healthy?

  • Richard Lopez
    Richard Lopez 29 days ago

    When I think about the future, it seems more and more that the human condition/arrangement is graduating towards some interpersonal utopia, with kids learning how to drive at younger ages, affordable, valuable education becoming a lot more common, and maybe the odd freak occurrence of Marines and psych patients mircodosing and smoking joints together discerning what precisely Conrad meant when he said, "Life is short and art is long and success is very far off." We'll see.

  • Isla Miln
    Isla Miln Month ago

    wonderful thanks!

  • dymka2006
    dymka2006 Month ago

    what a harmful video. yogis never breathe through their mouth, they only use nose for that purpose...

  • marvelousmarvin71
    marvelousmarvin71 Month ago

    What if your ribs dont go out on sides when you breath in?

  • Teresa Beckwith
    Teresa Beckwith Month ago

    The connection between the lungs and grief has been known for millennia. His techniques are helpful and healing, but the idea that that connection was a discovery is a misstatement. The lungs function in large measure as the organ of letting go and grief (exhaling, ie letting go of air, letting go to grieve) in addition, of course, to receiving and holding (breathing in and holding the breath).

  • Carole Polter
    Carole Polter Month ago +2

    He could make millions recording relaxation recordings. Especially for falling asleep. His voice is sooo relaxing. And he’s incredibly kind.

  • Michael Smith
    Michael Smith Month ago

    I used to have chronic sleep problems and I have discovered that I was the cause of those chronic sleep problems shred all I have done to sleep every night and the fall asleep add a normal manner. Is I've eliminated my alarm clock and open my curtains. I wake up every morning at dawn I'm cool and collected. Sure I wish I was still sleeping. But once you wake up naturally you are not anxious. If you have to go to the toilet. Your heart rate increases so it's more difficult to get back to sleep. Most people don't know that their heart rate increases when they go number 2. I have mechanical heart valve I feel it and hear it so I know it's happened to all of us. Once you start waking up at dawn or at first light. You will not be able to stay up late and watch late night television you will want to go to sleep because you're waking up early in the morning without an alarm clock which creates anxiety about going to sleep when is it going to go off. Stop setting your alarm clock and that you have to get up in the middle of the night. Life is much better without my alarm clock. I used to be sick all the time and I always used to wake up 30 minutes before the alarm clock trying to figure out how I could sleep I would reset the alarm clock to make it another hour another hour and a half. Now I just get up and start my day and I feel wonderful. I have no anxiety about going to sleep because I know I am going to go to sleep because I am going to be tired at the end of the day. Waking up naturally is the key stopping sleep l o s s

  • Great Girl
    Great Girl Month ago +1

    We are all just alive because of breath
    And you all know, once it stops you are no more

  • Brenda Drew
    Brenda Drew Month ago

    Brilliant talk and agree! I have a mild form of MS and have had CPTSD but have helped manage it a lot by sleeping more, meditation and eating a more plant based Paleo diet ,no alcohol and have cut our sugar and use Stevia only. Yoga also helps. Having been into weight lifting throughout the 1980s and 90s and a fitness trainer in the 1990s, my MS was in remission for over 25 years and I've been able to keep it at bay by also taking lots of vitamins esp Vit D3 and other supplements! There's a direct correlation between the health of our gut microbiome and the brain. the mind /body connection! As well as our spiritual connection! There's much we can all do to not only help ourselves but help others as well around the world....spread the word! "let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine", "all disease starts in the gut"...Hippocrates who also recommended apple cider vinegar drinks! Guess he really knew what he was talking about. Too bad more allopathic conventional medical doctors don't realize this as they take the Hippocratic oath in medical schools! Thanks for sharing~

  • Adam Parker
    Adam Parker Month ago

    Talk faster

  • Umesh Mysore Shivaraju

    Guys, just learn Pranayama. It keeps you in happy and healthy mood 24 /7.
    I have been doing it for last 22 years each day.. My health is absolutely brilliant. Each day , 1 hour it takes to practice 12 types of Paranayamas. My guruji is *great Guru Rishi Prabhakar* of Karnataka, India. 💐
    My anxiety at work was enormous and I learnt it to.eliminate that. It got eliminated in just 5 days. !! Never knew it's other enormous health benefits.

  • Barry Anderson
    Barry Anderson Month ago +2

    Holistic Chef Barry Anderson really likes this BREATHING EXERCISES Thank You

  • India Ame'ye
    India Ame'ye Month ago

    love his voice

  • funhole26
    funhole26 Month ago

    Seems like you overly simplified meditation. Also your not trying to just stop all thoughts, your welcoming anything and everything so you can observe them at their rawest form.

  • Anand Ramanathan
    Anand Ramanathan Month ago

    Great one. Super helpful. Thank you very much

  • Consciousness Liberation

    I’ve been saying & teaching breath for years. It’s finally catching on...

  • Cultiv82Cre8
    Cultiv82Cre8 Month ago


  • JoshQun Benal
    JoshQun Benal Month ago

    Breathe to heal but how worst Ted video I ever watched. People know what is wrong what needs to be done. How you do it is the importance. Don't find this educational.

  • TheKotridge
    TheKotridge Month ago +1

    Where do you concentrate the air during holding? If miss guided this can cause alot of damage like piles, hernia, etc.

  • Tasks Schnur
    Tasks Schnur Month ago

    Thank you forma sharing those breathing techniques. Tried todo do ir. But ir was hatd at fiesta. Since I'm not usted to breath well. Un factor ,I hace problema when breathing.
    However, after two Trieste I couls really do the breathing exercise! I'm perplexed! Ty.

  • Jason Karamo
    Jason Karamo Month ago

    Is there a breath that can heal COPD?

  • That SriLankanGuy
    That SriLankanGuy Month ago

    I nearly wept after the exercise

  • Tamika Driver
    Tamika Driver Month ago

    Cartels, medical implants, torture technology, cops targeting blacks, no help for whistleblowers, exposing blacks to poison chemicals on PURPOSE, Genocide 2019 in full affect government pure created manufacturing illness,and crimes for new world order

  • Michael B
    Michael B Month ago

    Brilliant presentation and the voice and talking speed of this guy, superb!. My jaw felt on the floor when he told the story about grief since the same story happend to me. I will pay more attention on my breathing from now on and hope sincerely that it helps. thanks Mr. Strom

  • William Wells
    William Wells Month ago

    I can't hold my breath that long.

  • Sterling Paul
    Sterling Paul Month ago

    Only by letting go can you take hold.

  • Oladayo Oladele
    Oladayo Oladele Month ago +13

    Watching in June 2019 and this already true. Depression and anxiety every where

  • white tiger
    white tiger Month ago

    The world can't sleep because of the blue light in the cellphone, TV, laptops etc.

  • Herecomeoleflattop
    Herecomeoleflattop Month ago +3

    It would be interesting to meet the 600 plus persons here who gave this a thumbs down. May they find THEIR breath of air.

  • icyicecubebaby
    icyicecubebaby Month ago

    now its 1 year left lol

  • General Opinion
    General Opinion Month ago

    It’s actually yoga

  • Madeline
    Madeline Month ago

    Thank You.

  • Xero Punt
    Xero Punt Month ago

    clicked, thought he better have a smooth deep voice, if he is talking about deep breathing & anxiousness. Checks!

  • andrewkryzak84
    andrewkryzak84 Month ago +3

    Max spits serious truth in this video! Respect...

  • Umana Tabassum
    Umana Tabassum 2 months ago

    Where do we have to breathe from? Mouth or nose???

  • Tony Robinson
    Tony Robinson 2 months ago

    The last breathing lesson you did i used to combine that with walking with the aid of a heart rate monitor. After a while it felt like i was going into a trance. Thankyou for reminding me of this.

  • 300096586
    300096586 2 months ago

    I would've scoffed at his statistic about depression at the of this video "can't be me!" - 4 years later I am also a victim. It is a subconcious thing the therapist said often nothing in your life directly contributing to how you feel - which can make this so much more difficult to deal with.

  • Steve Owen
    Steve Owen 2 months ago

    i get dizzy on the last 2 seconds of holding the breath, is that normal?

  • smilingdancinggirl
    smilingdancinggirl 2 months ago +1

    Awesome! I so need to hear this talk right NOW! Breathing important not new information but I really heard it this time. Thank you, Max! Sigh....

  • Chinyere Onita
    Chinyere Onita 2 months ago


    GINGANINJA 1535 2 months ago

    He shouldn't be teaching mouth breathing

  • Sangeeta Vasandani
    Sangeeta Vasandani 2 months ago +7

    I love your voice - it’s soothing and calm. Keep up the good work!🌸

  • eray kılıç
    eray kılıç 2 months ago

    what is the name of this pranayama?

  • Niekoue
    Niekoue 2 months ago

    The root of the word respiration is 'spirit'. This will change everything you know about spirituality. It is about breath and atmosphere (the place from where the breath is drawn), not some hokus pokus imaginary world.

  • Evelina Pehrman
    Evelina Pehrman 2 months ago +2

    "Some doors only open from the inside"
    I love you!

  • CaptainKarma1972
    CaptainKarma1972 2 months ago

    This is brilliant ! Thank you for this !

  • Kojiro Vance
    Kojiro Vance 2 months ago

    Mindfulness is what allowed the speaker to go out on a high note with George Costanza.

  • Rohanrajan Vadivelraj
    Rohanrajan Vadivelraj 2 months ago +1

    That is why here in india we cry out the grief. If anyone close to the deceased doesnt cry, the people around ask them to cry as much as possible!

  • Algoriptimus
    Algoriptimus 2 months ago

    It's funny that in Turkey, breaks are usually called "Getting breath" or " Breath taking".

  • lady bugz
    lady bugz 2 months ago

    Great speaker!!!!!

  • Rea Trigg
    Rea Trigg 2 months ago

    Very helpful ,thank you