This month we are adding a special teacher profile of our newest Visiting Teacher, Rolf Gates. 8 Limbs will host Rolf March 24 and 25 for two days of workshops based on his book Meditations on Intention & Being. Join us! Early registration discount through February 24.
Practicing Yoga Since: 1994
Tell us about the first yoga class you took. My first true experience of Yoga came well after I started taking classes. I attended a 6am class at Kripalu Center in Lenox MA and flailed around. At the end of it I walked to breakfast and began to feel an ease in my body that I had never experienced before. It was pure joy just to walking. I was hooked.
What do you remember of the first yoga class you taught: I was very happy the following morning. I felt confident I had been part of something sacred, beautiful, and powerful.
Who/what are your teachers? Why? The teachers at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center are my primary teachers, and I have many role models. For example the Penn State wrestling team and the surfing legend Kelly Slater both offer me excellent examples of how live with courage and artistry. I study and practice at Spirit Rock because they have been outstanding teachers for me for the past 10 years.
Currently inspired by: I go through different phases depending on the challenges I am facing in my own life. These days I am in the right place at the right time so my role model is a young man who seems to be able to make the best of the best situations named Mark Hall, a two time world champion wrestler at age 20.
Tell us about a time in your life that yoga really supported/helped you. Everyday. We are presently going through a national crisis as an unqualified and seemingly malicious person occupies the White House. I can call upon my experiences with Yoga after 9/11, and during the Iraq war to know that I will be able to grow through this difficult time, help others to do the same, and be able to respond when it is time to heal our world once this tragedy is over.
What is your current yoga practice include/involve and why?
My physical practice combines Yoga Asana, CrossFit, and surfing. My spiritual practice is primarily meditation and service to others. The physical practices help me to live joyfully; my spiritual practices help me to live usefully.
Hobbies/interests: I love reading, for pleasure I read science fiction. For continuing education I tend to listen to podcasts on Dharmaseed.org and study people who inspire me. Sometimes in the form of a biography, sometimes this takes the form of studying the way someone approaches her life and achieves excellence.
What book(s) are you currently reading/did you recently read? Joseph Goldstein’s Mindfulness is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about Yoga.
One secret that helps you stay healthy: Because of my meditation practice I don’t worry and live one day at a time. I believe this frees up the energy I need to work hard, play hard, love as well as I can, and keep learning.
Favorite recipe? Two cups greens, 10 oz coconut water, one serving protein powder, one tablespoon of olive oil.
Anything you want to share with our community? It’s important that we focus on what we are for rather than what we are against. What we are for needs all of our energy.
Join Rolf for a dynamic weekend of Vinyasa, meditation, pranyama and lecture/discussion as we explore the practices that create a life that works. The pose is what we are doing, the yoga is how we are being in the pose. The yoga will be a synergy of the freedom of a powerful Vinyasa class and the structural integrity of yoga’s therapeutic alignment principles.The sessions are intended as a whole weekend workshop, but may be taken individually. All sessions will be based around aspects of Rolf Gates’ newly released book, which will be available for sale: Meditations on Intention and Beings: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion (Penguin Random House, Dec. 2015)
Friday at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill
1:30-4:15pm Teacher Training: The Art of Theming
7:15-9:15pm Meditation: Being Still with Skill
Saturday at The Summit
9am-12pm Vinyasa Session: Faith and Flow
2-5pm Vinyasa Session: Intention and Being
The weekend will also teach the basic skills of mindfulness and compassion, how they can be brought into one’s yoga practice, and how they can brought into your every day life. The pose is what we are doing, the yoga is how we are being in the pose.
Want to see Rolf in action?
Rolf Gates on Spiritual Practice (video excerpt)
Rolf Gates on Karma (video excerpt)
Want to hear Rolf speak at Spirit Rock?
RETREAT CODE: XPJH