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Breathe to Heal | Max Strom | TEDxCapeMay

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.

As we don’t think about blinking our eyes, digesting our food. certain patterns of breathing that change how you feel internally. the world health organization has stated that by 2020, worldwide, antidepressant medication, anti-anxiety medication, or both; that sleep dysfunction is now at an epidemic level. from beijing to berlin to tel aviv to cape town, it’s the same

Problem. which is free, once you learn it, and has no side effects, where you see people wearing white, running down the beach marketing people, and even corporations; the entire corporation – they are chronically depressed, they get flus and colds all the time; when i privately meet with the ceos, they say the same thing; people feel alone more than they’ve ever felt

In their life. we host people, 50%, approximately, less than ten years ago. videos are great, you can learn from them – i learn from them – if you’re going to hire a babysitter, you want to meet the person, i wouldn’t say, “go to the best school, get a great job; there have been some studies done recently on breathing. where they took people with post-traumatic stress

Syndrome, the facilitator, emma seppälä, who’s a stanford scholar, and their symptoms, post-traumatic stress syndrome symptoms were gone, so the way we have been treating them through mainly medication and therapy the defense department is now advocating breath and yoga for veterans. and when i say breathing, i don’t mean what we’re doing now, and one of the first things

I teach them is breath-work. but if you take someone who’s stressed out of their mind so meditation is not wrong to teach, but i think it’s more advanced. then, people can sit and meditate without a problem. or as they say in japan, “kriya ki,” the life force energy that moves through us and i’ve started having panic attacks for the first time in my life, you can’t sit in

A board meeting and suddenly feel your neck get stiff, when you suppress grief, which you’ve learned to do,” i said, “your anxiety, your panic attacks are because of your grief.” and i realized you were right, i did need to grieve my brother.” you can time it, it usually takes three to five minutes; if you think about it, we’ll express anger much more readily than grief.

“I’m sorry, i don’t know where that came from. i’m sorry.” on top of that, no one ever taught us what to do when our friends are grieving, and you don’t have to say anything to someone who’s grieving. that’s one of the chief things i think we need to do as a society, when i go into a corporation, believe me, if it didn’t work, they’d say… please sit up straight. take

Your back off the backrest. we’ll do one round now; we’re going to go at this speed. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, exhale, eight; people take cigarette breaks, you can take a breathing break.

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Breathe to Heal | Max Strom | TEDxCapeMay By TEDx Talks