The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes
By Derek Beres
Derek Beres has yanked yoga’s ethical mandates out of the museums of academia and orientalist romance to squarely look at their meaning and value in the here and now. In this well-referenced and pragmatic gem of a book, Beres holds the yamas and niyamas to the light of recent discoveries in neuroscience and biomedicine, and to the fire of our thorniest ethical dilemmas. His deft writing thrusts and parries towards a lucidity that is neither overdetermined nor abstract, empowering the earnest reader at every turn to think critically, independently, and in resistance to the same old normative crap. This is an essential volume of moral philosophy for yoga students everywhere. I’ll be strongly recommending it to every training director I work with worldwide, because it proves that through the doorway of asana, a vibrant heritage of dignity through discourse still awaits us.”—Matthew Remski, author of Threads of Yoga and the WAWADIA project
In The Warrior’s Path, veteran author and yoga instructor Derek Beres explores these ten yogic codes by looking into what these disciplines once entailed as well as, more broadly, investigating their role in modern culture through the lens of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and moral/developmental psychology. The creator of Flow Play, a national program at Equinox Fitness spotlighting the intersection of yoga, music and neuroscience, Beres uses his research as a springboard for looking into how our brains and bodies operate and what that means for yoga today. An inquisitive and insightful work, The Warrior’s Path not only aids us in understanding the roots of yoga better, it helps the modern yogi practice the ethical and moral sentiments in this millennia-old practice while teaching us how to relate to others and deal with our own emotions, subsequently strengthening our relationship to the planet itself.
“Beres uses the Yoga Sutras’ yamas & niyamas as a jumping off point for a rich and varied discussion of evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, ethics, social systems, and self-transformation…. A well written and a stimulating read. Patanjali made relevant as a way of organizing some key areas of modern inquiry! His style is neither pedantic nor tinged with religiosity, and certainly not prey to the usual idealizing of ancient otherworldly claims and the mysteries of the East. It rather has a journalistic tone that surveys current thinking from a dizzying number of research-based sources to make fresh again the contemplation of central questions that should be part of any considered life.”—Julian Walker, author of Devil in the Details and Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind
Exploring the Heart & Mind of Yoga
Engaging Our Emotional Landscape Through Movement, Music & Meditation
Prana del Mar | Baja, Mexico | Oct 11-18, 2014
Join Derek Beres and Philip Steir for this weeklong gathering at the beautiful Prana del Mar in Baja, Mexico, on Oct 11-18, 2014. (Really, it’s beautiful. See for yourself.) This unique retreat will expand upon the work in yoga, music, neuroscience, meditation and emotional processing that the duo used in creating their groundbreaking class, Flow Play, currently being taught exclusively at Equinox Fitness clubs in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco.
Two daily yoga and meditation sessions uncover how we can use music, movement, meditation and mythology in helping process, come to terms with and experience our emotions in a way that benefits our overall sense of well-being and long-term health. The result is a system that helps us articulate and utilize a range of emotions to help train our brains for resilience, clarity, calm and insight. By focusing on this variety—beloved feelings of Motivation and Compassion, perceived ‘negative’ sensations of Sadness and Anger, as well as our brain’s systems of Seeking and Play—we will thread together a well-rounded exploration of who we are and how we move through the world.
Plus plenty of yoga, sunshine and good people and food. There’s even an ocean we’ll be next to the whole time. Dive in.