Breathe to Heal | Max Strom | TEDxCapeMay

  • Опубликовано: 7 дек 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

Комментарии • 681

  • Kinga Gorski
    Kinga Gorski 11 часов назад

    I'm glad I came across this again! Such a great talk. Proper breathing is amazing for our wellbeing.

  • Trevis Robotie
    Trevis Robotie 22 часа назад

    dude don' look healthy tho'......learn how to breathe to heal from Wim Hof......+ cold showers

  • Vamsi sir
    Vamsi sir День назад

    So finally the world is looking at ancient Indian techniques. Great India.

  • Richard Bouska
    Richard Bouska 3 дня назад

    This guys voice is so freaking calming i almost fell asleep just by his voice!

  • sebastian C
    sebastian C 3 дня назад

    Thanks, master. 🙏🏼💨🍃

  • Dooley David
    Dooley David 5 дней назад

    AIR=And I R-elax
    AIR=A-mazing I-nspiring R-eality

  • Robert Matsumura
    Robert Matsumura 6 дней назад

    I started getting really emotional when he was discussing grief.

  • Cliff P.
    Cliff P. 6 дней назад

    Good stuff

  • Jayde Dee
    Jayde Dee 6 дней назад

    Excellent, thank you!!!

  • Anarchist
    Anarchist 6 дней назад +1

    He sounds like Hans Zimmer.

  • Clemens Frede
    Clemens Frede 7 дней назад

    18 Minutes of self-promotion, assumptions, generalizations, suggestive reasoning, anecdotes, borrowed insights... cute, but... eh...

  • Gavin Yates
    Gavin Yates 7 дней назад

    Meditation, prayer, chant, mantra, it's all the same. Repeating something to yourself to open up your subconscious. Think about it.

  • Sunrae McDonald
    Sunrae McDonald 8 дней назад

    It was interesting how I found my heart beat at the same beat he was counting.

  • Jennifer De Smidt
    Jennifer De Smidt 10 дней назад

    Max Strom has just launched the Breathe to Heal online course... check it out.

  • Shelley Charlesworth
    Shelley Charlesworth 11 дней назад

    Wonderful talk. This man is so right- we do not know how to deal with grief.

  • doreen miller
    doreen miller 14 дней назад

    Well, this took an unexpected much needed turn.

  • Nina S
    Nina S 15 дней назад

    First of all , the voice is amazing. Shouldn't air be entering and exiting the body through proper channels i.e. nostrils, the perfect apparatus which filters and regulates the air temp. and then to send it into lungs. What I'm practicing and learnt is: Put your hands on your tummy, breathe in, your tummy bulges out and then hold it (breath) for 2 seconds and gently breathe out through nose ,you'll feel your tummy subsiding. This can also check snoring problem. Is breathing through mouth some different technique which I'm not aware of ? Please guide, Thanks

  • Brandon Bosch
    Brandon Bosch 15 дней назад

    WOW. I was doing a breathing exercise while listing to this and when he told the story about the CEO losing his brother I started balling for the first time in months. I've been suffering from Exploding Head Syndrome and Chronic Sympathetic Arousal for a long time and I think I've finally found the key. I must train myself to breathe through my nose and into my belly while I sleep. How? I'm all ears (and nose). Thank you so much for this video and my revelation!

  • Paulina Undurraga
    Paulina Undurraga 17 дней назад

    Very interesting information, great message. Can you tell us what your educational background is please? Do you have a health sciences background? Namaste

  • Dr S Ranjan
    Dr S Ranjan 18 дней назад

    13:33 Hug or, Touch any part of Body n Say, I am here with you.
    Breathing Exercise- Hand on side rib/ bra strap and Breathe n Expand chest to side.
    4:7:8 (inhale counting 4, Hold counting 7, Exhale counting 8)
    - Dr. Andrew Weil

  • Emiliano Gomide
    Emiliano Gomide 18 дней назад

    Thank you, Max Strom. I am grieving my grandmother's death. I believe your exercise will help me.

  • dchait
    dchait 20 дней назад

    Shouldn’t it be free to learn it

  • kusum kumar
    kusum kumar Месяц назад

    A very useful exercise

  • Tabby Lynn
    Tabby Lynn Месяц назад

    Some doors only open from the inside,breath is a way to access that door.... Great stuff Max...thank you!

  • Dina M
    Dina M Месяц назад


  • Madeleine Grayson
    Madeleine Grayson Месяц назад

    Max is such a beautiful teacher. If you have not experienced his yoga guidance please seek out his videos.

  • See Plush
    See Plush Месяц назад

    Got damn that was beautiful

  • Jesus Aguilar
    Jesus Aguilar Месяц назад

    Who watching in 2040?!

  • aashka G
    aashka G Месяц назад

    👏👏👏 this gave me hope :)

  • A You
    A You Месяц назад

    Man got dizzy but helped a lil

  • purple8348
    purple8348 Месяц назад

    excellent and what a voice !

  • Hippie Island
    Hippie Island Месяц назад

  • Jimmy Tailor
    Jimmy Tailor Месяц назад

    Its funny how some people think this is funny, these really does work for everyone if needed,....

  • Burre Ifort
    Burre Ifort Месяц назад

    With the help of God first and these breathing exercises second, I hope I will get somewhere good.

  • Bad Habits
    Bad Habits Месяц назад

    this is amazing!

  • ItsMikeyyyg
    ItsMikeyyyg Месяц назад

    strong piece bro

  • Marjolein van der Perk
    Marjolein van der Perk Месяц назад

    I'm so glad I was led to this video.

  • V.S. Gopalakrishnan
    V.S. Gopalakrishnan Месяц назад

    A very purposeful talk.

  • Tyrrhenus d'Etruria
    Tyrrhenus d'Etruria Месяц назад

    I want this man sitting by my bed every night reading for me

  • Salaam Ansari
    Salaam Ansari Месяц назад

    Cape May, New Jersey? Sounds Just Like It..

  • Danny Hughes
    Danny Hughes Месяц назад


  • Devin Jones
    Devin Jones Месяц назад

    Thank you

  • Avery Joycelyn Barakuda Block
    Avery Joycelyn Barakuda Block Месяц назад

    OMB! We all know what medicine laughter is. 'Just tripped upon this vid which had previously really irritated me. (A supercilious air)? Scrolling down I see all of the Comments of the Aurally Captivated. Even though I still find him the same, I do get the voice thang. Thanks to everyone for seriously cracking me up.
    Talk about enhanced breathing - - laughter is such a blessing and for me, here: unintended magic.

  • Dimitri Smotrov
    Dimitri Smotrov Месяц назад

    20 veteran suicides?! That's a lot more than the number of all those "bad guys" that the vets were sent to kill in the first place.

  • K. Ganesan Ganesan
    K. Ganesan Ganesan Месяц назад

    Breathing is a good tool to cure all diseases. Change situation.

  • Pallavi Mehta
    Pallavi Mehta Месяц назад

    How to heal dysautonomia

  • Ramsés Vásquez
    Ramsés Vásquez Месяц назад

    Visualization is also an unspoken of aid. I read from "No Matter What" that the breath out has to equal in strength the in breath Thank you Max, you did Great

  • Sonic Broom
    Sonic Broom Месяц назад

    Probably one of the most important TED talks of all time.

  • Jodi Baxter
    Jodi Baxter Месяц назад

    What a fascinating topic that can help many people here. Like many of us, I have also been in an unhealthy situation due to negative energy forced into me by so-called caretakers in early life. However, over the last 10 years I have been getting rid of it by using a breathing technique called recapitulation. This involves mentally putting yourself into the situations of your past and intentionally breathing out feelings (energy) others have put into you and breathing in energy that you've lost. You may want to randomly breathe through feelings as they come up. Human beings are essentially energy bodies with “filaments” of energy - some of which are foreign. The goal is to clean up your energy. It may seem rather abstract, and for me it has been a constant intense battle; but the healing has been tremendous, changing me and bringing joy back into my life. Try it!

  • Ben Hechter
    Ben Hechter Месяц назад

    Thank you, this is profound.

  • Dan Blaize
    Dan Blaize Месяц назад


  • Raja Bhat
    Raja Bhat Месяц назад +2

    Jump forward to 14:00 to learn one of the breathing techniques he teaches. And I find it poor advice. Breathing in to expand the ribs outwards, is not going to help and heal. It is relaxed, belly (diaphragmatic) breathing that truly relaxes, lowers the stress response. I have taught this to many many of my patients, and I've seen blood pressure drop from 200/100 down to 130/80 in just minutes. Just the other day I had a man come in with a BP of 170/90. I said to him, I've never said this in the 25 years I've known you, but do this: just relax, smile, gently make yourself smile, imagine your whole body is radiating a smile. He did. In 4 minutes his BP was 130/80. So it is NOT JUST BREATHING technique. It will take an attitude of relaxation, letting go, and above all, gentle belly breathing. I call it a "baby belly breath": just look at a baby, they only breathe through their bellies. Then they get older, get stressed, then they start using the ribs. I've been an Internist for 40 years, studied yoga, chi kung, and so on. I hope you will experiment for yourselves and learn that what I am saying is the truth. Oh, here's another secret I've taught to many people: gentle diaphragmatic breathing helps alleviate acid reflux!

    • Raja Bhat
      Raja Bhat День назад

      +Dipika Gupta gentle diaphragmatic breathing is so good for asthma...

    • Dipika Gupta
      Dipika Gupta День назад

      Do you recommend any breathing exercises for asthma?

    • Hayden 1
      Hayden 1 2 дня назад +1

      Excellent advice Raja.

    • Lorna GD
      Lorna GD 11 дней назад

      Raja Bhat how do you do diaphragm breathing pls? Thank you.

  • BenJamin Craig
    BenJamin Craig 2 месяца назад

    So great!! We will get through this together!! So powerful! One critique though, we aren’t supposed to be mouth breathers. Breathing through the mouth initiates the flight or fight response. Deep nasal breathing is the calming meditative breath. Love this tedtalk though. Crying and working through grief is super important to good health.

  • Gaurav Singh
    Gaurav Singh 2 месяца назад

    Come in India , Indian will tech you thousands of different way of breathing...

  • Leanna Mill
    Leanna Mill 2 месяца назад


  • Prunk Doo
    Prunk Doo 2 месяца назад


  • S C
    S C 2 месяца назад

    Thank for breathing we are alive💚.🙏🏼💙

  • Toribot
    Toribot 2 месяца назад

    you don't need intemacy you just need be calm and straight in the present.

    • Toribot
      Toribot Месяц назад

      future self while high you need some

  • Toribot
    Toribot 2 месяца назад

    I have gotten rid of a lot of physical symptoms just by breathing and getting my focus back I feel like the master lol

  • 眩暈夢
    眩暈夢 2 месяца назад +2

    18:07 sorry that was me

  • j b
    j b 2 месяца назад

    Dat voice though! 😍

  • Dirk M
    Dirk M 2 месяца назад

    So weird, maybe I am over anxious ..... I tried breathing with the speaker, but can't hold my breath for 7 seconds .. I get too dizzy
    Maybe my body is not used to deep breathing. I've noticed the same when I go to a doctor, and they ask me to inhale / exhale.

  • David Tinnerello
    David Tinnerello 2 месяца назад

    The first deep breath I have ever REALLY taken, my entire world was immediately flipped. Pain GONE anxiety GONE worry GONE. I just hope to never forget to breath. Please remember to just breath.

  • David Tinnerello
    David Tinnerello 2 месяца назад

    When they say "people forget to just breathe"... They may or may not understand how true that is.

  • Ryan Leslie
    Ryan Leslie 2 месяца назад

    Nasal breathing is much more beneficial than mouth breathing you know.

  • David Collins
    David Collins 2 месяца назад

    Terribly long prologue. The breathing exercise begins at 14:30

  • Joanne Olivia
    Joanne Olivia 2 месяца назад

    Amazing talk, thanks for that!

  • joris mous
    joris mous 2 месяца назад

    love, compassion and breathing

  • Kev the Rev
    Kev the Rev 2 месяца назад

    Not mere breathing, but INTENTIONAL breathing.

  • Drift
    Drift 2 месяца назад

    I love you!

  • Granma's Garage
    Granma's Garage 3 месяца назад

    lol white men have the simplest ideas of healing it's almost cute if it weren't so patronising.

  • kachetil
    kachetil 3 месяца назад

    nice actor!

  • RKM System
    RKM System 3 месяца назад

    *===ДЫХАНИЕ 4-7-8 2018.11.15.(312)*

  • Grey Jay
    Grey Jay 3 месяца назад

    In my opinion, there is too much force, focus, and rigidity in this method. Instead, I use an old pre-meditation breath: Breathe out, then in, through one nostril, then change to out, then in, through the other nostril. Use finger or thumb, to close inactive nostril. Deep, slow, no force, no abruptness. This cyclic, circular breath can be deeply calming and relaxing.
    As the French say, each to his own. Use whatever works for you.

  • Math Info DZ
    Math Info DZ 3 месяца назад

    what an amazing talk

  • Adriano Sarmento
    Adriano Sarmento 3 месяца назад

    Why talked so much about the year everybody Murphy out there and talk about yourself? I don’t yoga should be simple and direct into the point and selfless! However if you faxed to mention is true and useful for society thanks for that other stuff

  • Cheech Whit
    Cheech Whit 3 месяца назад

    wow, them 4-7 exercises actually made me feel good..

  • Cheech Whit
    Cheech Whit 3 месяца назад

    i dont understand the lonliness epidemic.. I feel more free alone, Im extremely introverted though.. most people describe lonliness as an almost physical pain.. I dont understand that..

  • Cheech Whit
    Cheech Whit 3 месяца назад

    ive always said one reason i could never take my own life is the smell of fresh air And taking deep breaths..

  • Roy Kelly
    Roy Kelly 3 месяца назад

    thanks 4 sharing, kindness, share it 4ward:)

  • Attila Beres
    Attila Beres 3 месяца назад

    A tremendous revelation. YES, it's unprocessed grief that caused my first panic attack and I never realized it until now. This is massive.
    His closing words gave me the chills too.

  • mikael gudmarsson
    mikael gudmarsson 3 месяца назад

    Remember to breathe through your nose instead of the mouth. You can watch the TED talk, Shut your mouth and change your life, for explanation. Thank me later:)

  • Bill Ilkovski
    Bill Ilkovski 3 месяца назад

    The best teacher for learning to breath joy and ecstasy is a flute such as a shakuhachi, kaval, ney, nay, bansuri, silver etc.

  • Henrik Sahlén
    Henrik Sahlén 4 месяца назад

    Wow! Fantastic speech, thank you :)

  • Vijayakumar P
    Vijayakumar P 4 месяца назад

    Only Yoga and Spirituality will save the world, peace and harmony will do, through Calm breaths- pranayams.

  • MAther Trishna
    MAther Trishna 4 месяца назад

    Thank you !!!

  • Czech Death
    Czech Death 4 месяца назад

    So does the intro mean, that it is all lies? Not very smart choise IMO =D

  • Ivan Kolesov
    Ivan Kolesov 4 месяца назад +17

    My take:
    Breathing exercise:
    1) Seat straight (off a backrest)
    2) Put your hands to your ribs (at the sides)
    3) When you inhale, make your ribs go out to the sides (not upfront)
    4) When exhale, sit taller
    5) Do a 4-7-8 breathing
    Inhale for the count of four
    Hold for seven
    Exhale for 8
    When someone is in grief:
    1) Don’t try to cheer them up
    2) Say: it’s gonna hurt really bad for a while and I’m not going anywhere, I’m here. This year it’s your turn, next year it might be my turn. We’ll all get through this together.

  • jen filling
    jen filling 4 месяца назад

    Awesome. I would much rather learn breathing techniques than take pills.

  • jonathan delgadillo
    jonathan delgadillo 4 месяца назад

    calm isolate inhale

  • Will Grant
    Will Grant 4 месяца назад +2

    Amazing video. Love this 👌

  • Dorian Lovell
    Dorian Lovell 4 месяца назад +1


  • Brendan Hughes
    Brendan Hughes 4 месяца назад +2

    "Some doors only open from the inside" - thanks for that gem!

  • HubsAlgarveKnives
    HubsAlgarveKnives 4 месяца назад +2

    Read Max Strom's book "The heart of Yoga" ,its not so much about Yoga, but about how to come into balance!

  • Sebastian Maharg
    Sebastian Maharg 4 месяца назад

    "We lose twenty veterans a day to suicide." Wait. What? That can't be right. 6:35

  • Gaia Love
    Gaia Love 5 месяцев назад

    Having to Count while focusing on the breath, is counter productive for me.

    SYLVIA MATTAR 5 месяцев назад +2

    What a voice!!ever so soothing👌Thank you Sir👌

  • Dee Raven
    Dee Raven 5 месяцев назад

    Thank You! 💕

  • Solar T. Tauri
    Solar T. Tauri 5 месяцев назад

    I didn't want this to end.

  • Alejandra Jones
    Alejandra Jones 5 месяцев назад +1

    Amazing amazing, thank you so much my brotha