Etiquette in Yoga (and Life)

Ground rules for yoga pulled from Derek’s fourteen years of teaching. Stay in touch at

37: The Future of Yoga

Yoga Journal recently published an article in which senior teachers speculated about the future of yoga. Derek responds. Stay in touch:

36: The Role of Music in Yoga

The intersection of yoga and music has defined much of my movement career. In this episode I discuss the basic foundations of music in a yoga class, playing samples of tracks that work well during different phases of the flow. Stay in touch at

35: Why Buddhism Is True with Robert Wright

Robert Wright is the author of The Moral Animal, Nonzero, The Evolution of God, and most recently, Why Buddhism Is True, the subject of this episode. We discuss mindfulness meditation, Buddhist philosophy, identity, essentialism, tribalism, and techniques for overcoming the perceived unsatisfactoriness of life. Stay in touch at

34: I Love Yoga and Hate Everything About It with J Brown

The title of this podcast is taken from Brooklyn-based yoga teacher J Brown’s blog, which he runs at J is the owner of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn and is a prolific blogger and podcaster. I find myself reading all of his articles, and so reached out to take our online chats into the “real” world. Stay in touch at

33: How Emotions Are Made with Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and the author of the new book, How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. There are few books I’d say truly push the boundaries of neuroscience and psychology, but this is one of them. We chat about categories, perception, essentialism, concepts, and predictions to set the stage before diving into how emotions affect race, health, and the law. We also briefly discuss yoga. Find out about her work at and stay in touch at

32: Yoga & Capitalism

A recent comment on a post about yoga and capitalism spurs on some thoughts about the two—their inseparability, as well as forgoing the notion that a “pure” yoga exists. Stay in touch at

31: Tune Up Your Yoga with Jill Miller

Jill Miller is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the corrective exercise format Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method®. With more than 28 years of study in fitness, yoga therapy and anatomy, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, and pain-management. Her innovative techniques have catapulted her to a sought after leader in the field of mind-body fitness and pain relief wellness.

30: Yoga’s Healing Power with Ally Hamilton

Ally Hamilton is the co-founder of Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica and author of Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth & Peace. We talk about yoga’s shifting tides over the last few decades and how to use the discipline for achieving contentment and growth.

29: Diversity is a Discipline

Diversity is essential in both the world and in our movement patterns. In this episode Derek investigates the many layers of diversity, entertaining the idea that moving as broadly as possible—cultivating a discipline that allows for constant new challenges—opens your mind to a more diverse way of existing in the world.