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Rolf Gates, Yoga teacher and expert in yogic philosophy

Rolf Gates, the author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, is one of the leading voices of contemporary yoga in the West.

Rolf conducts vinyasa intensives and 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings throughout the United States and abroad. A former U.S. Airborne Ranger and a social worker trained in the field of addiction, Rolf has practiced meditation for the last 20 years. He is the cofounder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference at the Esalen Institute, has brought his course Yoga and Functional Stretching to the U.S. Department of Defense's Tri-County Summit on Sustainability, and is currently working with the U.S. military on sustainable care for troops and their families.

Rolf works weekly one-on-one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program, and has been featured in numerous magazines, including Yoga Journal, Natural Health, and People. Rolf lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, Miriam Gates, the founder and director of Empowered Kids Yoga, and their two children. He has become an avid surfer and puts his yoga to work on his board and in his roles as husband and father.

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Health & Wellness
Strength and Surrender
April 10 - 12, 2020
What happens when the skills of the heart and the skills of the mind are brought into balance? In this intensive weekend with Rolf Gates, one of the West’s leading voices on contemporary yoga, you will explore the relationship between mindfulness and compassion through powerful vinyasa yoga. This intensive offers a chance to have it all: a clear mind, an open heart, and a vibrant body.

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