Teacher Training with Rolf Gates

200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training for the first time at Pleasure Point Yoga

begins October 11, 2013 (8 weekends, meets once a month, see dates below)

This program is a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training. As such it will be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students to become inspired teachers. You will practice asana, meditation, and pranyama to the point of proficiency and beyond. Your knowledge of Yoga theory will deepen to the point that it will become an aspect of the fabric of your life and of everything you do and say as a yoga teacher. You will learn to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of Vinyasa Yoga. You will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of the therapeutic principles of Yoga and be able to design a class or teach a pose in such a manner that your students will immediately embody those principles.

Vinyasa Yoga expresses that part of us that celebrates the space between the notes. A typical class will move from simple to complex poses, from standing poses and balancing poses, to back-bends, inversions, and hip openers. The teacher and students take this simple formula and make it their own day by day. No two classes are ever alike yet the intention behind the class is always the same. The genius of Vinyasa Yoga is not found in its approach to alignment or sequencing, but rather in the rhythm with which alignment and sequencing unfold. Anchored in the unseen aspects of an asana class, Vinyasa Yoga is uniquely accommodating to the evolution of a teacher; allowing her to bring all that she has learned and all that she is into her classroom. The result is a class that is at once consistent and inspired.

I want to bring special attention to the interplay between the physical and the metaphysical: A yoga class is a three dimensional story that unfolds to the rhythm of the breath. The art of teaching is the art of telling that story. Each of us, always, has a song to sing a story to tell. Of necessity much of what we will be working on will be technical in nature but all of what we do together will be dedicated to supporting you in singing your song.

Namasté and I look forward to the start of this journey with you,


Dates :

The 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification Program will take place over 8 weekends / Once a month – October 2013 – June 2014

October 11th-13th, 2013
November 1st-3rd , 2013
January 17th-19th, 2014
February, 21st-23rd, 2014
March 21st-23rd, 2014
April 25th-27th, 2014
May 30th-June 1st, 2014
June 20th-22nd, 2014 – Graduation!

DAILY SCHEDULE : There will be breaks for meals and integration during the training weekends

Fridays: 6pm-9pm
Saturdays: 8am-7pm
Sundays: 8am-4:30pm


The Training :

How to Design and Lead a Vinyasa Yoga Class

You will gain a thorough understanding of the principals which when applied create a class for all ages and body types. This will include a specific sequence and more importantly the method for adapting that sequence to the infinity of opportunities implied by the word Yoga. This method enables what you teach to grow as you and your students do.

Being the Change

The first Yoga teacher in the U.S. Swami Vivekananda wrote: “You yourselves are the being that you seek.” During this training you will have direct experience of the truth of that statement. When you leave this training you will know how it is people reach their potential and you will be able to apply that knowledge to accomplish your goals. You will be the change you want to see in your life.

Time on the Mat and on the Cushion

One of the joys of being a teacher is that your Yoga practice becomes part of your job description. During this training you will begin each day with asana, meditation, and pranyama instruction and practice. You will be taught the therapeutic principles that will allow you to practice safely with intensity. You will be able to sit comfortably for a 45 minute meditation session during which you will experience what it means to rest in stillness. You will be proficient in breathing techniques that awaken and build heat, preparing the mindbody for asana, and breathing techniques that are cooling and soothing preparing the mindbody for meditation. On your mat the implementation of therapeutic principles will be dramatic. You will experience a vibrant aliveness from which there is no going back.

The Teacher Training Curriculum will include :
  • Mastery of the basic techniques of Asana
  • Mastery of the basic techniques of Meditation
  • Mastery of the basic techniques Pranyama (Breathwork)
  • The therapeutic alignment principles of Yoga
  • Finding alignment within and without
  • The art of sequencing a class flow
  • The proper use of tempo in a class
  • How to use your voice and language for impact
  • Your class as a transformative space
  • The art of themeing in your classes
  • Teaching modifications for all class levels
  • Teaching to beginners
  • The art of hands-on assisting
  • The anatomy and physiology of Yoga
  • Nutrition as a support to practice
  • Study of The Yoga Sutras
  • Cultivation of the Eight Limb Path as a path of action
  • Integrating the three elements of spiritual practice into your life
  • The role of the teacher
  • The role of practice
  • The art of sustaining change
  • Moving from Source
Required Reading List :

Please approach this list by beginning with The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and How Yoga Works

Bhagavad Gita: New Translation, (trans. Stephen Mitchell)
The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary, Chip Hartranft
How Yoga Works, Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Rolf Gates
Yoga Body: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasate

Recommended Reading List :

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, Caroline Myss
Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
The Law of Attraction, Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman


Cost :

Total Cost : $3200

(This fee includes “Meditations from the Mat” and the Teacher Training Manual + Meditations from the Mat: Teachers’ Index. It does not include the additional required reading list materials)

Cost Fee & Payment Options :

  • Option I : $2850 Pay in full: ($350 discount)
  • Option II : $3000** EARLY REGISTRATION PAYMENT PLAN–APPLY by June 1st, 2013 $500 Deposit ONLY–($200 discount)
  • Option III : Payment Plan $500 Deposit with 9 consecutive monthly payments of $300

Full deposit payment of $500 is needed to secure your placement.

Refund/Non-Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made 60 days before the start of the Teacher Training. We can not offer any refunds for cancellations within 60 days of the event, but a credit towards a future Teacher Training Program may be available.


About Rolf :

Rolf Gates, 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 modern yoga. Rolf conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last twenty years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings. Born in Manhattan, Rolf Gates grew up in the Boston area as an avid marathon runner, long distance cyclist and champion wrestler. As the descendant of six generations of ministers, he gained an understanding of service and dedication at a very early age.

Rolf and his work have now been featured in numerous magazines to include Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine and as one of Travel and Leisures’ Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World. A frequent conference presenter, he was the Keynote Speaker at the 10th Annual Midwest Yoga Conference, IL. Rolf is also honored to be a contributor in the newly released Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood being featured nationally on television and in print to include Ron Reagan’s Air America, Fox and Friends, EXTRA and The Tyra Banks Show and more. (All proceeds from this project go to support groups working with men and boys at risk).

Rolf Gates is the co-founder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference, Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA. (Next Upcoming Conference: November 2011) and brought Yoga and Functional Stretching to the US Department of Defenses’ Tri- County Summit on Sustainability. He is pleased to be working with the US Military on sustainable care for the troops and their families. Rolf also works weekly one on one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program.

Rolf now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Empowered Kids Yoga Teacher and Director, Mariam Gates, and two children, Jasmine and Dylan. He has become an avid surfer and puts his yoga to work on his board and as a husband and father.


Registration now open.

Please contact Mariam Gates with any questions at mariam@rolfgates.com or (831)334-3060.

For application submission & registration, visit: www.rolfgates.com