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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602399808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602399808
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I love the energy and flow of Max Strom’s yoga classes . . . but perhaps above all, I respect his quiet strength and deep humility.” (Ali McGraw)

About the Author

Teacher, speaker, and author of A Life Worth Breathing, Max Strom is known for inspiring and positively impacting the lives of his students and readers, and he has become a new voice of personal transformation.  Due to an ever-increasing demand for his teachings, Mr. Strom travels extensively teaching and lecturing on transformation, spirituality, and yoga.   His system guides us to live the daily experience of a meaningful life and includes a philosophy for living, self-inquiry, breath-work, yoga postures, and meditation.  His book A Life Worth Breathing is available in five languages.  Max Strom has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and forums.  Among his 2011 and 2012 speaking appearances were two TEDx events, and a keynote speech on ethics in business at the Lu Lu Lemon management conference.  His articles and interviews have appeared in The Utne Reader, Huffington Post, Whole Living, Happinez, Yoga Journal (USA), Yoga Journal (DE), New York Times, and other online and print media.  

 


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Born with severe clubbed feet, Max Strom spent much of the first six years of his life with his feet confined in plaster casts and braces. Today, he is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of his students and has become one of the most respected teachers of personal transformation and yoga worldwide, guiding his students to grow into happier, healthier, and empowered human beings. He has taught tens of thousands of students, and trained several hundred teachers. He is the author of the new release, A Life Worth Breathing, Skyhorse, 2010. You can see more of his work on his DVDs, Learn to Breathe, to heal yourself and your relationships, and, Max Strom Yoga - Strength, Grace, Healing. www.maxstrom.com

When we are in pain, we become self-centered and myopic. When we heal, we become more empathetic, self-less, and sympathetic to the pain and welfare of others. It is our gift to others to heal ourselves. ~ Max Strom

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A Life Worth Breathing is a true gift, thank you Max Strom!
A. Deemer
A powerful transformative tool, conscious breathing brings healing and balance.
Mia
Read this book out loud to yourself and to whomever else will listen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jamie B. Elmer on March 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is so refreshing to read Max Strom's observations and ideas on living authentically and spiritually. With Max's life experience, yoga experience and time as a teacher he brings many great tools and practical ways to enhance our authentic life in every day life. This book touches upon subjects such as health, relationships and politics to stretch our idea of what living authentically and honestly means for us in all areas of our life. I knew after reading just a few pages that I'd be giving this book to friends and family in the coming years and that each and everyone I know would enjoy and benefit from the contents. Thank you for your inspiration, Max.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Weaver on April 6, 2010
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With this book, Max Strom makes an invaluable contribution to the existing yoga literature. In a very practical way, he shows us how different yoga practices can work to counteract the modern plagues of sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, and apathy. This book includes an extensive discussion of ethics and the importance of living one's life, on and off the mat, with a "code" -- leading by example, or in the words of Gandhi, being the change one wishes to see. The book's philosophy is universal and ecumenical: Strom draws on traditional yogic teachings and also early Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, and Taoism.

What really sets this book apart, perhaps, from other yoga books, is its emphasis on yoga breathing. Readers will learn how and why breathing is such a highly effective tool for healing. Almost anyone can do and benefit from the breathing practices Strom describes, which is what makes them so beautiful. You don't need to be able to do headstand or scorpion pose or one-armed handstand; you just need to breathe. Essentially, Strom's point is that when we breathe well, we heal ourselves; when we heal ourselves, we heal our relationships, our communities, maybe even the world.

"The ancient yogis said that the breath was our direct energetic connection to spirit, or God. If this is so, then if you focus on your breath with spiritual devotion, hatha yoga becomes a spiritual practice, a wordless prayer. This is because as you fill your body/mind with breath, you are also filling yourself with spirit and the breath of God. Your body then radiates who you are from your soul, and what you stand for in this world." (p. 121)

Highly recommended for beginners and experienced practitioners alike!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Delaney on March 29, 2010
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This book was easy to read and so refreshing. This books gives simple stories and tools to help open our eyes to the world around us. I have already read the book twice and we sold 10 copies in two days at our yoga school. Anyone who is looking for a place to begin or a place to grow, this book is it. I am glad Max has chosen to share his insights with us.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. McRoberts on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been practicing yoga for almost a decade. When I started, I could barely touch my knees, let alone my toes. My body has changed and I feel healthier in many ways BUT I didn't really get the deeper meaning of what I was doing until I read Max's book. Not only is he a master yogi, he is a master writer. This book isn't just for people who practice yoga, it's for people. Even if you've never been on a yoga mat, it will make you look at the world and your life in a whole new light. I want to buy a copy for everyone I love. I cannot recommend it enough.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mia on April 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Each of us has a place on Earth, where breathing feels easy and free of sorrow, albeit replete with meaning. One would call it "the place of meditation", of birth, of clear sight, where beloved beings and once cherished mountains or seas still exist. It can be a place of intrinsic beauty that you build while praying, a silent apartment in small-town Eastern Europe, a beach in Key West, a cobblestone street in Amsterdam or a Kabuki play with no end.
Max Strom's new book takes each of us, and all of us together, to this realm of calm reflection and effortless breathing. His book in itself is such a place. It transcends doctrines, to bring a multitude of colors together: the rainbow of awareness and healing. But beware: as such, it starts a quiet and perhaps irreversible opening of the heart - even for those comfortably sitting in their favorite chair with a cup of green tea by their side (not coffee, never coffee, Strom recommends: it promotes reactive behavior).
Written in an accessible style, that a novice will no doubt find comforting, the book nonetheless delves deep into the essence of living and yoga practice. Thus, it will also appeal to the experienced yogi and spiritual practitioner. It is not born from the mold of self-help or self-improvement literature, nor does it describe a quick pathway to bliss. Max Strom guides you through examples taken from daily life, surprising metaphors, personal wisdom- and that of other sages. The words of Jesus, Buddha, St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, Sufi saints and Lao Tzu are skillfully evoked to illustrate universal principles. This fluent, serene discourse does a lot to dissipate the subtle uneasiness that befalls the Christian venturing into the yoga studio or starting a personal practice.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Spitzer on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! Well, love it ... I am reading it again.
Its a shame there is no preview but basically this is how it goes:
Chapter 1 The Yoga Revolution
Chapter 2 Our Situation
Chapter 3 Three Pillars of Transformation
Chapter 4 The First Pillar - The Mind
Chapter 5 The Second Pillar - The Emotions
Chapter 6 The Third Pillar - The Body
Chapter 7 Mind Emotions and Body - Integrating the Three Pillars
Chapter 8 Having a Code
Chapter 9 Ethics at work
Chapter 10 Avoiding a near life experience
Chapter 11 Activism
I just loved this book. I am doing a Yoga Teacher Training Course this year, so it was refreshing to read about a Yoga Master and how he has applied these principles, also the book asks you to look at aspects of your life, which I enjoyed.
Its like a good red wine, it just keeps unfolding as you read it.
Great book, thank you Max Strom.
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