Rolf Gates

Rolf Gates, author of Daily Reflections on Addiction, Yoga, and Getting Well—as well as the best-selling Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga and Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Compassion—is a leading voice in contemporary yoga, and his work is used as a resource for yoga students and teachers worldwide. He conducts vinyasa intensives and 200- and 300-hour teacher trainings internationally. A former US Army Ranger and social worker specializing in  addiction, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his teaching and life. His work has been featured on television and in print, including Yoga Journal, People magazine, and Travel and Leisure. His first children’s book, Yoga Friend: A Pose by Pose Partner Yoga Adventure, was published in 2018.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • The Most Important Thing: Teaching and Living the Yoga Sutras

    Each time we teach might be the only chance we get to help someone, so always teach the most important thing.

  • The Art of Letting Go

    If you are new to yoga, chances are you are wrestling not only with the postures but also with the judgments you pronounce on your efforts, writes Rolf Gates in this book excerpt.

  • Yoga, Mindfulness, and Seeing Clearly

    To explain the skills of yoga to new teachers, Rolf Gates sometimes tell the story of Galileo and how he used a set of lenses to observe the movement of the stars, leading to a number of insights about the size and shape of the earth.

  • Living Our Truth

    As you learn to speak the truth, you will learn to be true to yourself, to all that is best in you.

  • Compassion and Loving-Kindness

    A few years ago, I went on a 10-day meditation retreat in California’s Yucca Valley.

  • Eight Windows into Meditation

    Think of meditation, and you might imagine yourself sitting on a cushion with your eyes closed. But that’s not the only way to do it.

  • The Yoga of Recovery

    Research shows that yoga, meditation, and mindfulness are powerful tools for recovery in healing from addiction.

  • A Vision for the New Year

    New Year's is a time of transition, when we’re teetering on the verge of new opportunities and possibilities. Simultaneously, we’re experiencing the tail...

  • Kripalu Perspectives: Yoga and Meditation for Recovery with Rolf Gates

    Rolf Gates, a yoga teacher and former social worker trained in the field of addiction, tells us how the practices of yoga and meditation can help those in recovery reclaim and trust themselves again.

  • Break the Cycle: How Yoga and Meditation Can Help Heal Addiction

    While there are a range of ways that people break the cycle of addiction, the complementary relationship between the Twelve Steps and yoga is a perfect marriage for healing.

  • The Future of Yoga Education: A Q&A with Micah Mortali

    Micah Mortali, Director of the Kripalu Schools, describes the inspiration for Kripalu's 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, and what it offers teachers.

  • Choose to Breathe

    Rolf Gates, a yoga teacher and former social worker trained in addictions, says the best way to treat our inner worrywart is just to breathe, consciously.