Meet the Team

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 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. 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 in 2013.

She since split her time between India, Thailand and the US, facilitating group courses in the inquiry of yoga, meditation, intimacy and shadow work before moving to Los Angeles in 2016 to open Samarasa Center - an online and in-person community of dedicated seekers.

 

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Susan Marrufo

Lucy Wilson

 

While studying dance in college, Lucy Wilson was introduced to yoga as a way to stay healthy – physically and mentally – and her practice carried her through her professional dance career. After completing her 200-hour yoga certification in 2015, she went on to continue her studies with internationally recognized teachers, including Judith Lasater, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow, and Donna Farhi. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she began teaching at Samarasa, where she also served as the General Manager and was first introduced to Susan Marrufo's Yoga, Sex and Death™ course. She is currently pursuing her YSD Facilitator certification, and specializes in helping her students heal through restorative yoga, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, self-inquiry and intuitive movement practices.

 

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Lucy Wilson

Donna Otten

 

My healing journey truly began in 2001 after a debilitating head-on collision. I found Pilates to help me rehabilitate my body. It was such a powerful healing modality for me that I became certified to teach Pilates in 2013. I felt reconnected with my body for the first time in years. In 2017, after a few more years of continued emotional and physical issues, I sought professional help for dealing with past sexual trauma. I was diagnosed with PTSD and multiple autoimmune disease which led me to meditation and yoga. I became certified to teach meditation under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist teacher David Nichtern at Samarasa in 2018.

My YSD journey started in 2019. Every word in the title of this course made me uncomfortable - which was a sure sign that it was something I needed in my life! Plus, I felt comfortable and safe with Susan. If it wasn’t now… when? I dove right in and have never looked back. It felt like every experience I had in life was leading me to that first Yoga, Sex + Death course. It changed everything for me. I started to feel less attached and restrained by my experiences. I realized that those moments didn’t define me. I started to let go of beliefs, identities, and shame. It’s changed my relationship with my partner in ways I could’t even imagine. It has changed my relationship with “self”. I am forever grateful for this work. I believe in this practice so much that I am now working towards my certification to become a YSD Facilitator so that I can share this gift and safely guide others through this transformational process.

 

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Donna Otten

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