As some of you may know, I am an ardent student of Max Strom – the American Yoga Teacher, Author and Lecturer. Many people know him for his two inspiring books: ‘A Life Worth Breathing’ and ‘There is No APP for Happiness’, his most recent title addressing the challenge of finding meaning in the digital age.

And personally, many of my yoga students know him for his ability to make me cry as I read aloud from his work. Every time (and I mean EVERY time) I read his books I find a word, a sentence or a paragraph to inspire me. I’ve since made ‘A Life Worth Breathing’ required reading for my StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training so all my yoga teacher trainees know him too.

When I first read the book, I got out of bed, onto the computer and looked him up to discover he was delivering teacher training in Galway. I moved heaven and earth to get there and came back from that event changed forever. It was the first time, in my 30+ years, that I breathed correctly.

Well, this is his latest TED Talk where he advocates the benefits of breathing to reconnect with ourselves. It’s just over 18 minutes long and it gives a fascinating glimpse into some of what I learned from him.

“Some doors only open from the inside. Breath is a way of accessing that door.” ~ Max Strom

Drumroll please…

I am thrilled to announce that I am hosting a weekend with Max in Edinburgh on 21-23 October 2016 which is open to everyone, not just my yoga teacher trainees or even my yoga students, and which will explore his thoughts on breathing, yoga and life in more depth.

The event takes place in Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh, ideally located just off the east end of Princes Street, next to Waverley Train Station and close to St Andrews Square Tram Stop & Bus Station, and we’ve even organised a cheaper room rate for out-of-town visitors. (Just email me back for the discount code).

So, if you feel like a wee trip to bonny Scotland I’d love to see you there. Further details of this event can be found here: and if you book now you will receive a £50 discount (and be able to get better flights and hotel rooms deals).

If I could give you one thing to improve your physical, mental and emotional health it would be to let you experience Max Strom’s teachings. Please take me up on that opportunity and join me this October in Edinburgh.