About the Author
Born in Manhattan, Rolf Gates grew up in the Boston area and attended American University in Washington, D.C. In 1987 he received a degree in American history and his commission in the U.S. Army Infantry from Georgetown University. As a military office he became an Airborne Ranger and served with U.S. forces in Germany. Since then he has worked as an emergency medical technician and an addictions counselor, specializing in adolescents in residential programs. In 1997 he became certified to teach Kripalu yoga. Gates directed the Baptiste Power Yoga Studio in Cambridge for three years and now co-owns and directs Baptiste Power Yoga, The Boston Studio, in Boston, MA. In addition to his weekly teaching schedule he is responsible for the supervision and professional development of the teaching staff of the Boston and Cambridge studios. He appears regularly modeling yoga poses in Natural Health magazine and has conducted workshops throughout the United States and abroad. In 2002, he was named “Best Yoga Teacher” by Boston Magazine. He lives in Boston with his wife, yoga teacher Mariam Gates.