41: Why Attention Matters

We talk about fitness often, yet the most important aspect is often left undiscussed. Attention matters in physical, cognitive, and emotional health. This is the first half of my keynote lecture at Shape Michigan 2017. Thanks to Brian Tass for inviting me to speak and teach a movement class. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.

40: Hacking the American Mind with Robert Lustig

Robert Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist and author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. A professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specializes in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity, his 2009 lecture, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” has been viewed over 7.3 million times on Youtube. His new book is The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.

39: American Dreaming w/DACA Recipient Will Lopez

Will Lopez is a 20-year-old Political Science major at UCLA who was born in Mexico. He is also a DACA recipient. We talk about what it’s like hearing the president call Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, what being a Dreamer entails, and his own political ambitions in California. Stay in touch at www.derekberes.com.

38: Etiquette in Yoga (and Life)

Ground rules for yoga pulled from Derek’s fourteen years of teaching. Stay in touch at http://www.derekberes.com.

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: http://www.derekberes.com.

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 http://www.derekberes.com.

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 http://www.derekberes.com.

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 jbrownyoga.com. 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 derekberes.com.

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 https://lisafeldmanbarrett.com and stay in touch at http://www.derekberes.com.

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 http://www.derekberes.com.