Derek Beres is a multi-faceted author, music producer, and yoga/fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. He is the creator of Flow Play, an innovative program that fuses yoga, music, and neuroscience, offered nationally at Equinox Fitness. His latest book, Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health, was published by Carrel/Skyhorse Publishing. Derek is ACE, AFAA, Schwinn, and Kettlebell Athletics certified. A former world music magazine editor, he has written for dozens of publications, including MTV, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Women’s Health, and Yoga Journal, and is currently a columnist for Big Think and 24 Life. He leads teacher training modules in yoga philosophy and music, movement, and neuroscience at Yogis Anonymous, Strala Yoga, and Buddhi Yoga. He was the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music, and has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Vogue, Shape, Fitness, NPR, and numerous other outlets. Alongside David ‘Duke Mushroom’ Schommer as EarthRise SoundSystem, the duo has released three albums and four EPs. Derek has also produced albums for Six Degrees Records and Vieux Farka Toure. He tours internationally with GlobeSonic, and was a regular guest at the legendary Turntables on the Hudson parties and resident DJ of Kollektiv with Karsh Kale. He served as music supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and is the host of the EarthRise Podcast.
“Derek Beres brings his whole self along with loads of education, research, and contagious passion to mind-body wellness. He shows us with Whole Motion how we can regenerate ourselves and live a full and radiant life with regular training of our mind and body.” —Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga
Two groundbreaking developments in fitness are the effects of exercise on the brain and the importance of regeneration. Harvard clinical Professor John J Ratey believes exercise benefits the brain more than any muscle or organ, and that we need to include neurochemistry when discussing fitness. Meanwhile, with a deepening awareness about the role of recovery changing the way elite athletes and fitness fanatics approach their workouts, creating new neural pathways is the future of fitness. These two interrelated topics have been established, but have never been implemented completely in a practical book, and are at the heart of Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health.
The science is simple: treat your brain properly and your health thrives. In Whole Motion, Derek Beres uncovers the latest research in how your brain is affected by a number of different exercise formats, offering sample workouts designed to give your brain the greatest stimulation (and regeneration) possible. He then applies that science to life beyond exercise, creating a holistic and integrated approach to fitness.