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 reporter and 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. Derek is also the music specialist for 24 Hour Fitness, and served as the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. He 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 has performed alongside Jamiroquai, Ojos De Brujo, Sidestepper, Brazilian Girls, Yerba Buena, Antibalas, Cheb i Sabbah and more. He served as music supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and is the host of the EarthRise Podcast.
Beres is a powerful and animated speaker; his many appearances include both editions of the Mythic Journeys conference in Atlanta, as well as colleges such as Harvard, the University of Alabama, and NYU. He founded Outside the Box Publishing with writer Dax-Devlon Ross and EarthRise Arts with painter Craig Anthony Miller. His play, Burning Trees, was featured in Danny Hoch’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2002.