Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga and mythology as a means of creating better individuals and a more understanding global culture. A multi-faceted journalist, DJ and yoga instructor, he has published six books, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and websites regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music, religion, yoga and health, including Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone Middle East, Departures, AOL and MTV. He spent two-and-a-half years as Managing Editor of Global Rhythm magazine, and currently writes a weekly column for Big Think, 21st Century Spirituality.
Derek is one half of global music producers EarthRise SoundSystem, which creates innovative contexts for 21st century music and cultures to be explored. The duo’s debut album, The Yoga Sessions, reached #5 on the iTunes World charts, and has helped to introduce the American yoga community to a new way of exploring yogic movement through global sounds. He is the creator of EarthRise Yoga, which he has taught at Equinox Fitness since 2004, where he co-founded the Sacred Strength EarthRise Yoga School in 2008.
Residing in Los Angeles, he continues to teach at Equinox, as well as Yogis Anonymous, where his classes are streamed weekly. Derek’s yoga classes and music have been featured by the NY Times, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC and NY1, as well as in print and online by Fitness, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, AOL’s Spinner, Newsday, MTV, NPR and PRI.