Derek Beres is a multi-faceted journalist, music producer, and yoga instructor based in Los Angeles. He is the creator of Mosaic Method and Flow Play, an innovative Vinyasa-based class that fuses yoga, music and neuroscience, offered nationally at Equinox Fitness. He has published eight books, including The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes, Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music, and the latest novel, Shadowstone. Derek has written for dozens of magazines and websites, including Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone Middle East, Departures, AOL and MTV. He worked as the Managing Editor of Global Rhythm magazine, and writes the 21st Century Spirituality column at Big Think—Derek received a degree in Religion from Rutgers University in 1997.
Derek is one half of global music producers EarthRise SoundSystem. He is on the teacher training faculty at Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica and Strala Yoga in New York City. He also served as the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music, and is ACE and AFAA certified. Derek has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, People, Self, Shape, Fitness, Glamour, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, Newsday, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, KTLA, NY1, MTV, NPR, and PRI.
Alongside David ‘Duke Mushroom’ Schommer as EarthRise SoundSystem, Derek has released three albums. In 2010, he produced InnerVersions: A Six Degrees Yoga Compilation on Six Degrees Records, and has previously produced albums by Vieux Farka Toure and on Australia’s One World Music. Derek tours internationally with GlobeSonic alongside Fabian Alsultany. While living in NYC, Derek was a regular guest at the legendary Turntables on the Hudson parties, as well as a 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 also served as the Music Supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
Regarding his writing, singer Krishna Das said, “Derek Beres is part reporter and part prophet standing in the middle of the eye of the World Music storm that is raining new musical genres on the Earth today, each one fused by the love of song and spirit,” while author Daniel Pinchbeck stated, “Derek Beres is a terrific writer whose work is replete with penetrating insights and gem-like details … Beres adds a unique perspective to our cultural mix, and Sound Against Flame deserves to reach a large audience.”
Beres is a powerful and animated speaker; his many appearances include both editions of the progressive 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. In the world of theater, his play Burning Trees was featured in 2002’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival, produced by Danny Hoch.