It can be so difficult to feel as though you have to live your life being a role that has either been placed on you by others, or that you feel obligated out of expectation to be. For some people they can tolerate living in this dissonance and for others, there is no choice but to be a disrupter to the status quo and choose a more aligned path. In this week’s episode, I talk with Susan Maruffo, who in her late 20’s realized that her marriage and her successful career in advertising were leaving her feeling empty, unfulfilled and turning to alcohol to cope. She uprooted herself and delved into the unknown as began a journey to find her voice and healing through yoga, which came with the ego death of everything she had thought about what her life was supposed to be. Ultimately Susan opened Samasara Center, a community for seekers, in which she facilitates yoga, self-inquiry and her signature course and corresponding retreats, Yoga, Sex & Death which is seeing the world through a yogaic lens of everything being a balance of intimacy and letting go. If you are someone who seeks greater intimacy with yourself, and your life, and are more curious about the questions than you are focused on the answers then this episode is for you.
About Susan: Susan Marrufo, MA, E-RYT 500,left the United States and a job in advertising in 2008 to travel internationally and experience life beyond the confines of her cultural conditioning. She received her first 500-hr yoga certification in Thailand in 2009, where she began her studies of the classical yogic scriptures and delved deeply into esoteric tantric philosophy.
After 2 years of teaching month-long tantric based courses on the banks of the Ganges in India and the Pacific coastal towns of Mexico, Susan returned to the US to begin a residential internship with the Kripalu School of Yoga, where she taught in and project managed several Kripalu yoga teacher trainings as well as received her 2nd 500-hr teacher training certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga.
She has since split her time between India, Thailand, and the US, facilitating trauma-informed group courses in the inquiry of yoga, meditation, intimacy, and shadow work.
She is the founder of Samarasa Center.
Next Yoga, Sex + Death retreat is June 3rd – 10th in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.