THE WARRIOR’S PATH: LIVING YOGA’S TEN CODES The latest book by Derek Beres Purchase print edition | Purchase Kindle edition “Derek Beres has yanked yoga’s ethical mandates out of the museums of academia and orientalist romance to squarely look at their meaning and value in the here and now. In this well-referenced and pragmatic gem of a book, Beres holds the yamas and niyamas to the light of recent discoveries in neuroscience and biomedicine, and to... Read More
This was meant to be a book about a dead girl. It was going to tell the story of a boy who became a zombie after loving a girl who died. Over the years it grew in length, becoming a memoir about not one but two dead girls and how the zombie boy became a man who wanted to live. I never wrote the book.
Recently I was in a yoga class when we reached the backbending sequence. The instructor then stated, ‘We’re going to do three backbends now. My teacher always does three, so that’s just the way it is.’ Visions of my initiation arose: the mandatory three bridges or wheels that marked the beginning of the ending of […]
Los Angeles is prime real estate for celebrity worship mixing with spiritual salesmanship. The city is built on an illusion: people arrive in droves to get hired to be someone else in order for their original persona to be celebrated. In the process any actual identity gets lost, confusing some to who they really are.
In 1959, after being inspired by the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to learn the principles of nonviolent social protest directly from the great thinker’s disciples. Invited personally by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956, a series of obligations held up the great African-American orator and leader. It […]