The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes
By Derek Beres
To be published Sept 2, 2014
Yoga has become one of the most popular exercise routines in America, as well as big business: $10.3 billion is generated each year from this growing industry. While hundreds of styles and philosophies have emerged, a writer named Patanjali set the stage in the second century when compiling the Yoga Sutras. While most Americans begin with his third rung, asanas (postures), the first two are little discussed: the yamas (prohibitions) and niyamas (disciplines) serving as the moral foundation of yoga.
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.
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.