AUDIOBOOK: Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

FREE Download*  •  Free Sample Since the release of the first edition in  2001, Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic has quietly become a bestselling book on modern yoga philosophy.  In fact it used as a textbook in hundreds of teacher training programs around the world because of its user-friendly style. Now the much anticipated audiobook edition is available for busy modern yogis. Read by noted Shakespearian actor, Jesse Dornan, this unabridged recording is a great companion on long drives or while doing chores around the house. You can download a copy for FREE* on Audible! It is also available for download on iTunes and Amazon. * Free more »

Remembering Trevor Tice

On Tuesday, shockwaves traveled through the yoga world as news of Trevor Tice’s death arrived on our Facebook walls and in our Twitter feeds.  Those of you who practice at  CorePower Yoga are likely very familiar with Trevor as he founded the chain of studios that began in Denver and quickly opened in cities big and small around the United States.  Currently CorePower Yoga has more than 160 locations. It would be impossible to overstate the number of people who found yoga because of Trevor’s vision of bringing yoga to the masses in a new and modern way.  There are countless people more »

NEW CLASS: Yogic Breathing

Starting April 17, 2016, I will be offering a weekly yogic breathing class.  Pranayama (yogic breathing) is one of the most requested classes, and yet few studios are offering classes dedicated to this important aspect of the practice.   Details Below. Yogic Breathing Sundays • 6:00 ON • Yoga Tree • 1500 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 [map] For thousands of years yogis have known that the breath is the key to mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Often emotionally and mentally cleansing, this class offers the opportunity to focus fully on the fourth limb of yoga—pranayama. By using basic breathing techniques, gentle holds more »

Darren Featured in Yoga Journal

Upping the Ante for Teacher Training Yoga Journal • 10/21/13 Yoga Tree, a large studio chain in the San Francisco Bay Area, will be offering teachers enrolled in its 500-hour teacher training program the chance to declare a major, marking a shift toward a university-style teacher training. The school joins the ranks of other educational institutes upping the ante for yoga teacher training.  Naada Yoga Studio in Canada also encourages its advanced teacher trainees to declare a major, and Loyola Marymount University recently launched a master’s degree program in yoga studies that also satisfies the requirements of 500-hour yoga teacher training certificate. This also comes more »

Passage To India

Passage to India Getting lost in the captivating places of India, the birthplace of yoga, can lead you to find new parts of yourself. By Meera Subramanian and Yoga Journal To travel to India, the land of yoga’s origins, is to enter a country that is in constant transformation, yet somehow timeless. It is a land with a temple or shrine around every corner, where the sacred is revered in every river and mountain, where the search for enlightenment is in the air. For many yoga students in the more »

SF Bay Guardian Features Yoga on the Labyrinth

SF Bay Guardian • Karen Macklin  This beautiful Episcopal cathedral is home to awe-inspiring architecture, stained glass windows of Biblical scenes, and the famous indoor Grace Cathedral labyrinth, the walking of which evokes sweet, honey-glazed mind states. You can cruise the labyrinth any time during regular church hours, take a candlelit labyrinth walk on the second Friday evening of each month, or do yoga in the labyrinth each Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. with Darren Main. Read their other suggestions for cool stuff to do in the Bay Area!

Enlightenmentally Challenged

Blogger Doug Skelton wrote a very funny post about his challenges with meditation and features your truly and my book Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation.  Here’s an excerpt, but you should read the whole post which reads like a David Sedaris essay. About two weeks later, Tracy and I had just come out of a rare late afternoon Friday yoga class – we typically practice either Monday or Wednesday nights with the same instructor, Darren Main.  Walking out of the class, we hear, “you guys are cheating on me!”  We recognize the voice, turn left and see a smiling Darren.  We more »

SF Guardian Highlights Darren’s Work with the LGBT Community

MAIN MAN by Mark B. San Francisco Bay Guardian  “I go to India at least once a year and, you know, it’s so funny,” charismatic local yoga teacher Darren Main told me over the phone, in his almost-preternaturally calm, soothing voice. “And pretty much everyone I went to see said something along the lines of, ‘You live in San Francisco, that’s where all the action is at. Teach me something.’ And I’m like, “I came all this way — you’re supposed to be teaching me! “But we’ve become such a hub of yogic innovation and transformation, that I do honestly think the world now looks to us for the more »

Bay Guardian Highlights Darren in List of Famous Bay Area Teachers

Congratulations to Janet Stone, Jane Austin, Les Leventhal, Pete Guinosso, Mark Morford, Pradeep Teotia, Rusty Wells and Stephanie Snyder who are also featured. -DM   DARREN MAIN: SPIRITUAL AND SINCERE by Emily Appelbaum  • SF Bay Guardian Though he’s definitely made a student or two sweat, Darren truly shines when teaching restorative sessions — especially his donation-based Tuesday night practices in the cavernous Grace Cathedral, coupled with live music like Sam Jackson’s exquisite chorus of a dozen Tibetan singing bowls. The temptation may be not to take Darren seriously: sometimes he slips into that same ethereal quality of voice he uses more »

Journey of Love

ContentsJourney of Love CONCURRENT PLANNING AND THE JOY OF PARENTHOOD A single dad’s journey of loveThe following interview recently appeared in the Family Builders quarterly newsletter. The piece talks about my journey through the adoption process.  In the original article, my son’s name was changed to ‘Joey’ in an effort to protect his privacy. —- Journey of Love CONCURRENT PLANNING AND THE JOY OF PARENTHOOD A single dad’s journey of love Darren Main is a single, gay man who lives in San Francisco. He is both an author and a yoga teacher, though these days, he spends most of the more »