Rolf Gates

Rolf Gates, author of the acclaimed book Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, is a leading voice of contemporary yoga, and his work is used as a resource for yoga students and teachers worldwide. He conducts vinyasa intensives and 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings internationally. A former US Army Ranger and social worker trained in the field of addictions, 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. 

Upcoming Programs

  • November 25–27, 2016
  • Friday–Sunday: 2 nights


  • Compassion and Loving-Kindness

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

  • The Art of Letting Go

    Before our bodies can open, they must first let go; the clenched and guarded muscles must relax. But the mind must let go first.

  • 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.

  • Choose to Breathe

    I’ve been freelancing for more than 15 years now. As often as possible, I’ve focused my work in the natural-health field—as a host, producer, writer, voice...

  • 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

    What characterizes an addiction? Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. —Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now While there are a...