24: Art in the Age of Trump with Bill Bragin

Bill Bragin is, in his own words, an agitador cultural. He is the Executive Artistic Director at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Before that he worked for Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, and Central Park Summerstage presenting thousands of shows to global-minded audiences. We talk about how the Arts can contribute to civic conversations and tackle subjects such as global warming, how social media is beneficial and damaging as a political platform, the differences between presenting in the US and the Middle East, the role of empathy in understanding foreign cultures, and how being a presenter is like DJing.

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23: Yoga and Memory

One of the main benefits of yoga is understanding identity, but what is identity other than a collection of memories? In this episode Derek explores how memory works and why yoga is a powerful tool to keep our memory system healthy.

22: Yoga, Trend-Drive Fitness, and Sustainable Health with Trina Altman

Trina Altman is the founder of Pilates Deconstructed and leads teacher trainings in Yoga Tune Up, the Roll Method, and Rx Series. In this episode we discuss foot health and the danger of high heels, the necessity of posterior kinetic chain development, safety in pilates and yoga (including the fallacy of ‘hip opening’), trend-driven fitness, and why loaded and varied movement is key in sustainable heath. For more information on Trina visit www.trinaaltman.com.

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21: Judaism and Photography with jdx

jdx has been documenting the transformation of Manhattan’s east village through his unique photography for years. As someone that spends a lot of time thinking about politics and social issues, we open by discussing the appointment of Steve Bannon and Judaism in America, then segue into his upcoming photography book, what it’s like living in a fast-changing New York City, America as a culture of pro wrestling fans, and much, much more. Find his work online at http://www.jdx.me.

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20: Movement Matters with Katy Bowman

Katy Bowman describes herself as a biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart. She has spent years advocating that exercise is not movement, or at least not the type of movement we really need in our lives. In her new book, Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement, Bowman discusses how that our habit of outsourcing movement to people that grow our food and make our clothing, we’re not only losing our connection to nature, but furthering ecological damage by our misunderstanding of what it takes to create the products we simply buy. We discuss this as well as foot health, crawling, tree climbing, and why movement is not medicine. Katy writes at http://www.nutritiousmovement.com.

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19: Yoga and Trump with Matthew Lombardo

Matthew Thomas Lombardo has been a yoga and meditation teacher and trainer in NYC since 2003. As a longtime political and social thinker, he had his reasons for voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 election—a decision that quickly bounced around social media due to his article, ‘Why I Voted for Trump,’ on Elephant Journal. Seeing the vitriol directed at him, and having known him for over a decade, I wanted to hear his side of it. Find Matthew on Instagram @misterlombardo and on Facebook @MatthewThomasLombardo.

18: Open Mind Fitness with Marc Coronel

Marc Coronel is a senior master instructor for TRX and Trigger Point Therapy. Trained in numerous modalities, he is the epitome of fitness, inspiring countless clients and social media followers with his focus on research, variety, and playful yet structurally sound movement. During our talk we touch upon the dangers of hot yoga, the value of failure, the importance of active recovery and regeneration, the role of the instructor, movement as an art form, creating a healthy lifestyle, and shakeweights. You can visit Marc online at http://www.openmindfitness.com. For more on my work visit http://www.derekberes.com.

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17: Cult Indoctrination with Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski is a Toronto-based yoga therapist and Ayurvedic consultant. He is the author of eight books, including Threads of Yoga: a remix of Patanjali’s Sutras with commentary and reverie and the forthcoming What Are We Actually Doing In Asana? Matthew offers razor-sharp insight and commentary into yoga culture at mathtewremski.com, as well as a number of online publications. He also spent time in two cults: the Gelukpa Tibetan Buddhist cult of Michael Roach and Charles Anderson’s Endeavor Academy. He has written extensively on both of these experiences to help others understand the indoctrination process, as well as how to heal after emerging from the spell of manipulative teachers. We started our conversation discussing Will Allen’s documentary, Holy Hell, which details the Buddhafield cult that emerged in Los Angeles in the nineteen eighties and, in another incarnation, still exists in Hawaii today. Needless to say, this is an intense conversation. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.

16: Utopia is Creepy with Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is the author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, as well as The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us. His new book, Utopia is Creepy, is a sliver of his vast collection of blog posts archived at RoughType.com, as well as some twitterings and magazine articles. Carr is a huge influence on my own work, especially his writings on technology’s effects on the very thing it promises: to connect us. In the process much is being lost and many are alienated. This is in part what we discussed in this podcast, along with how GPS takes away our sense of agency, the loss of physicality when we’re always connected, and how social media strips away our ability to develop compassion and empathy.

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15: Addiction Recovery with Tommy Rosen

Tommy Rosen is the founder of the Recovery Online 2.0 Conference, as well as the book and podcast of the same name. Twenty-seven years sober, Rosen has dedicated much of his life helping people suffering from a wide range of addictions—alcohol, opioids, food, sex, pornography—overcome habitual patterns and live rich, meaningful lives. During our chat we discuss the nature of pattern formation, the cue/routine/reward system, overcoming addiction through practices like yoga, the role of abstinence and psychedelics in recovery, and Rosen’s favorite subject, the Grateful Dead.

For more information on Tommy Rosen visit recovery2point0.com.

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