Around 2007 I reached a point in my life where I could comfortably state that I am a teacher. That what I have to say matters to others. One would think that having my name on 2 books and 3 TEDx talks would be convincing enough, but to the contrary, it took a very long time for me to embrace that part of myself. And that part of me didn’t have so much to do with accomplishments in the present, because it was my inner child who refused to believe that he was worthy of being seen and loved.
I remember much of my childhood in detail, and what stands out the most is feeling like I was the odd one out, the weird one and I experienced deep loneliness because of it. From the age of 14 I was already reading philosophical and spiritual books, trying to make sense of life. Unusually tall for my age and my athletic appearance didn’t resemble my inner world, making me feel like a 19th century philosopher in a Tarzan-like body. It was hard connecting with my peers and friendships never felt satisfying on a deeper level. I wasn’t understood by my friends nor by my family who treated me very harshly for not meeting their expectations. This planted a tenacious seed of low self-esteem, a nearly complete absence of trust in myself and the belief that I was unlovable for who I really am.
Fast forward a few years: after a career as a lead singer in my own band, and then a screenwriter, I was 38 when I took the first step on my path as a yoga teacher. Pushed into it by friends I was still very insecure as I taught my first few classes. I’ve come a long way since then as a speaker and teacher and I credit this to the inner work I have done. I eventually realized that if I didn’t heal the boy inside me that still felt unloved and unworthy, I was never going to be able to step into my light and fully take up my space in this world. Through breathing techniques, meditation, inspiring spiritual teachers and writing, I reconnected with my inner child and learned how to give him the love and understanding that he so desperately needed.
Now I have found my voice. From feeling like an odd and insignificant loner, I have found the teacher, leader, and the storyteller in me. Sharing my personal stories with people from different cultures, religions and backgrounds creates understanding and connection. Ultimately, we’re not that different from each other and I believe that when we learn to understand one another, we learn to understand ourselves. We are all teachers in our own way, and we all matter.
Having been on the cutting edge of breathing and breath initiated movement for over 26 years Max shared his teaching in over 25 countries and 150 cities around the world as a teacher, speaker and author.
“In the tumultuous journey of life, Max offers a beacon of wisdom, compassion, and grace through simple and effective rejuvenating modalities. Max’s teachings altered the trajectory of my life; enabling me to heal and revel in the daily miracles we often overlook.”
"I have been repeatedly amazed at the effect the techniques of Max Strom have had on all who attended. In his simple, no frills format, he has a gift of immediately being relevant and motivating to all who meet him. His teachings are very relevant to all struggling with modern life, its complexities and challenges, whether they are professional or personal."
"Max Strom’s breathing practices are nothing short of masterful. Learning these techniques can bring you back to balance, and a state of true health because your rate of breathing and your state of mind are integrally linked. I have witnessed Max create palpable states of peace in his workshops, time and again. I feel blessed to have him as a teacher and friend. He offers us true healing through his work."
"Max Strom is a leader in his field. His Inner Axis breath work teaches us how to resolve our emotional challenges and calm our nervous system. It is a must for individuals and organizations wishing to realize the many benefits of stress reduction."
“I was barely surviving when I came upon Max’s book "A life worth breathing”. Worn down to the bone by depression and PTSD, Max’s breathing techniques and wisdom helped me to heal and provided me with priceless and practical insights. I’m truly grateful and I will never forget the impact Max has had on my life."
"After 20 years of severe anxiety and panic attacks every night while trying to sleep, Max has taught me how to breathe to heal and to connect with myself and find my life's purpose. I am so humbled and grateful."