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TESTIMONIALS

What People Are Saying

"We first met at a one-month intensive yoga course on the Pacific coast of Mexico. For a complete novice, Susan’s visible passion for yoga quickly lit a fire in me and the clarity of her teaching offered me sound directions to overcome those preliminary reservations of the mind… Yoga is now a major pursuit in my life because of Susan. To this day, I carry her words of wisdom deep in my heart and I could always feel her loving presence no matter if I am on the mat or off in the world. I sincerely hope that more people can have the means to benefit from Susan's teachings - for she is truly a master of yoga alchemy."

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Jacky Li, China

"Susan is a rare jewel - the kind of teacher you come across only a few times in your life, if you’re lucky. She has the rare ability to teach to all levels while cultivating a deep connection with each student. I learned so much without ever feeling overwhelmed and always left each class feeling happy, inspired, and deeply grateful. The whole experience was life changing! Thank you, Susan, for blessing us with the opportunity to dig deeper and supporting us while we explore what lies beneath. You are a gift."

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Amy Foreman, USA

"Sitting and watching Susan and (the other student) do the work yesterday caused a MASSIVE shift in me and I honestly don't think I'm going to be the same. For the first time I understood who I was, apart from my thoughts. I was able to notice that my beliefs weren't the truth and I pulled away all the lies and felt peace I've ever felt before. And I've been carrying it with me ever since. "

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Ally F., USA

"Words do not encapsulate how much I benefited from the Yoga, Sex + Death course I participated in with Susan. My perspective on life has changed in every aspect for the better after working with Susan. I am more aware of who I am as opposed to flying through life as a chain of reactions to my environment. I had some reservations on time commitment due to my job and family, but I am so thankful I overcame my excuses to participate in her course. I ended the six weeks renewed, enlightened and rich with friendship. I feel as though this class should be a prerequisite to life."

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Roxie Benatar, USA

"Susan was such an essential part of my YTT at Kripalu…she created a safe container for all of us, always meeting the group with a calm, clear presence. Her wisdom guided our journey through her wonderful sense of humor, her intelligence, and her ability to offer support and teachings in very meaningful ways. I remember so many of the things Susan told me as she guided me through practice teaches that remain a part of how I think about my teaching today. Her courage and willingness to share so much of herself during experiential pieces set a template for all of us to move through our training with courage, excitement, and absolute awe. I am very grateful to have experienced this very gifted teacher and mentor."

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Dr. Deborah E. Lubetkin, USA

"Susan is such an incredible and inspiring human being. She embodies love and peace. Even during the darkest times in my experience during YTT, her being there was a beacon of hope guiding me toward the truth of love. With her help, I realized that true courage is being able to see any obstacle through the eyes of compassion and gratitude. She inspired and challenged me to wake up to the beauty and grace that surrounds us. Through her actions, interactions and asana teaching, I was able to see the truth of self-love. She is a beautiful sage in this world."

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Melissa Guilfoyle, USA

"Susan is an inspiration and example of how to live life cultivating the harmony, love, and connection to the most deep self. Happiness and love just come out of her so naturally. I always felt so warmed by her presence. She listened to us with no judgments, just with a more holistic understanding of the human realities. I am grateful to have had such a wonderful teacher in the beginning of my long journey."

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Diana Penante, Brazil

"It is very difficult to describe someone like Susan and the great experience of meeting her. She is a completely transparent, charming and loving woman. Learning from her has been very rewarding. Having learned and saved something of Susan inside of me, makes me a better person every day. I discovered wonderful things about life with her. She helped me get deeper, connect with myself and taught me about the spirit and its ranges. Any person who has known Susan cannot feel anything but appreciation, love and respect for this great woman. But it is not only about being appreciative of how brilliant she is as a teacher, but to be grateful to her for having touched hearts with her warmth and having brightened the lives of others."

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Alejandra Robledo Manrique, Columbia

"The first time I saw Susan I was waiting outside the yoga hall in Rishikesh (India) with a cup of chai. A little before the start of the class, she came walking towards the yoga hall. The guy next to me stood up and said, 'That must be the yoga teacher'. I asked him, 'Why do you think so?'. He responded, 'She has that glow!'. And indeed, she turned out to be the yoga teacher. By that time however, I didn't quite understand what he meant by this 'glow'. Now I do. I see this glow as a smile to the world. Living in this moment, and taking things as they come with a certain lightness. After many of the yoga classes with Susan I felt a bit like this. I think Susan is a wonderful teacher because she can awaken a bit of this 'glow' in her students."

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Marlou de Jong, Netherlands

"Susan showed an enormous commitment and devotion in helping me to complete the next level of my Yoga training. In those four weeks I found her to be both a charming and competent teacher, engaging in the yoga sessions in a seemingly effortless and relaxed manner. Her skill and talent in conveying the art of yoga affected me long after the month was over. I can only hope that she will continue to instruct me in future lessons."

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Andreas Blassmann, Germany

"Susan oozes charisma and charm. Brimming with energy, Susan’s teaching style inspires and brings true life and joy to your yoga practice whilst her warm, bubbly personality invites engaging conversation and support deep from the heart."

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Brooke McIntyre, New Zealand

"I have been practicing yoga for a couple of years, and have been privileged to learn from some teachers in India, Israel, China and Thailand. Susan, my teacher in the spring of 2011, is one of the best. She has the natural gift of teaching, of creating a wonderful atmosphere in the lessons, of helping each meeting become a special event, a new experience of learning, a mixture of love and concentration in the various "asanas” while looking deep inside. I had the opportunity to learn theoretical and practical knowledge from dear Susan, all of which were such delightful and peaceful experiences. With all my heart I would recommend participating in the lessons of this devoted, lovely, professional and responsible teacher."

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Nir, Israel

"Susan has such a big heart and a vast knowledge of yoga and universal spirituality. I miss our intense conversations which added greatly to my personal development."

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Ron van Loon, Switzerland

"Susan created a wonderfully safe, kind and loving environment in which I felt fully held and supported during my training. Her care and kindness and the depth of her own practice shone through in her teachings and in all of my interactions with her. I am very grateful to have had her as a guide on my path and hope that our paths will cross again in the future."

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Paula Sheehan, London

"Susan lives yoga. I recommend her highly."

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Julie Berry, USA

"I completed my 200hr Kripalu yoga teacher training (fondly called YTT) in February of 2013… Susan shared so much with each of the 41 students that embarked on this life changing experience. She changed my experience of YTT from feeling like a daunting adventure to an experience of being in a safe place, a place I could call home, while supporting me and cheering me on every step of the way."

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Chris Connolly, USA

"Susan is awesome and I truly, truly, truly treasure meeting her. Her leadership, vision, clarity and heart was an inspiration. She touched my heart deeply. There are certain songs that every time I play, I still think of her."

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Suzanne Shelton, Canada

"Susan is the brightest jewel in the Tiffany store of yoga."

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Archana Prakrash, USA

"Susan is an incredible yoga teacher: she is warm and playful. She guides her students to deepen their own practice, stretch their imaginations as well as their bodies, and walk off the mat with a deeper understanding of themselves. She instructs and inspires!"

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Meg Murray, USA

"When I walked into the yoga studio and first met Susan I intuitively knew I would be transformed by the class she had so diligently prepared to teach. I confess I was nervous in the beginning as I am a generation older than Susan and most of the other participants that were in the class. With the help of Susan's gracious and nurturing spirit she provided a safe haven among our class which allowed us to become comfortable with the vulnerability of sharing our lives, laughter and tears. I have been studying alternative healing modalities for most of my life and I was surprised to discover yoga as another way to heal the body, mind and spirit. Susan taught the anatomy of the energetic body with precision. She was delicately balanced in presenting some of the sensitive material in such a way that I never felt uncomfortable. The information she shared with us, including the asanas was transformative. I left each class wanting more. I have attended many healing classes but never one that allowed me to experience healing in my own body through movement, breathing exercises and meditations so profoundly. Susan has created a very cost efficient class that includes gaining new aspects of transforming your life and opening your mind to unfathomable possibilities."

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Gilda Campbell, USA

"This six week yoga series was a beautiful spiritual gift. I am a 67 year-old practicing Catholic and somewhat progressive. I have some experience with yoga but I am basically a novice. I signed up for the session because I wanted to take a fresh look at my life and the world around me and to learn more about yoga. I wasn’t sure what to expect, given the title of the workshop, but I trusted Susan and believed the time with her would be enlightening. I loved the course!! The weeks flew by as we delved deeper and deeper into the material. It opened my eyes to so many things about myself and the world around me. I loved the format - 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour practice. Susan is amazing. She has an exceptional ability to take a ton of information and make it digestible so that it became something that we could embrace and understand. I felt like we “hung” on every word waiting for the next tidbit. As a bonus, I got to know seven beautiful women and now I have a new yoga family. Many thanks to Susan for making it possible. Overall, a fantastic experience!!"

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Athena Sweeney, USA

"Taking Susan’s series Yoga, Sex + Death was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Her knowledge of yoga practice and philosophy is mind blowing! Her enthusiasm and passion radiates in each lesson/practice. She truly is a beautiful woman inside and out. I feel she really connected with each and every one of us. I left this course with a greater acceptance of myself as well as others and a deeper understanding of the world around me. Susan has had an incredible impact on me and I am so grateful I took the leap!"

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Kara Skinner, USA

"‘Awareness grants you the capacity to choose.’ This course awakened awareness on so many levels and taught me the power of opening into true femininity. It connected me to my Self – through body and emotions, feeling into feelings and allowing them, then learning to let them flow. The practice gave me power and permission to speak in my authentic voice – at first in the sacred space of the group, then bubbling over into my relationships with family, friends and potential lovers… Every class revealed a new insight, a new light bulb, a new aha moment, and it was a joy to be present to Susan’s radiant light and guidance. Not for the faint of heart – you will feel your feelings – but if you are ripe for heightened awareness and seeking ANYTHING new, you will likely find it here. The best part is knowing at the end of the course that the journey has just begun!"

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Anne-Marie Corley, USA

"Gratitude is the pervasive feeling I have been left with after taking Yoga, Sex + Death-- becoming a co- creator for a space which held so much and held my emotions through an intense few weeks was an invaluable experience. I am exhausted-- but am celebrating how raw and open I feel. The course brought my intentions for self awareness to life in ways I couldn’t have predicted-- I am now painfully and lovingly aware of the grieving I have left to resolve but am doing so with patience, self kindness, and joy by practicing vulnerability as I can, when I can… I am light, and open to where these practices will continue to inform and transform my life and connection to the people I encounter."

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Chelsey Mulnix, USA

"Taking this 6-wk course with Susan Marrufo began with my intention to explore my sensuality. Her teachings led to increased self-awareness through the notion of surrender and enhanced my ongoing journey to practice loving-kindness and compassion and to share my authentic voice. Susan helped our group of women connect in a profound way, to cherish our feminine nature, and to let our inner Shaktishine. Susan is tender, and yet strong, in holding space for me and our group to discover aspects of ourselves that we had not already been aware of. One of the bigger surprises for me was the notion of connecting surrender to: death, letting go of old patterns, and letting go with a partner. I would whole-heartedly recommend this course to individuals interested in learning more than just the polarity of feminine and masculine energy, but in re-connecting with and expressing your authentic self."

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Stephanie, USA

"Tantra can be a mystical, spiritual, yet often misunderstood and distorted practice in Western culture. Thankfully, Susan Marrufo brings her extensive background of esoteric tantric philosophy to dispel these myths and explore the sacred, sensuous dance of Shakti and Shiva as a path to improved intimacy with self and others. With her articulate, thoughtful teaching style, she created and held safe space during this transformative 6-week experience that included asanas, pranayama, excellent support reading materials, meditation, lecture, and plenty of time for class discussion and processing. Consequently, I have a better understanding of how to open energy centers (chakras) as well as utilize tantric practices for personal healing and spiritual enhancement. I highly recommend this course!"

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Britt J. Ellis, USA

"The workshop and the work I’m doing with Susan have enlightened and opened me up in ways I didn’t even know were possible. I was so attached to stories about my past that truly no longer served me and no longer matched the woman I am today. The coursework and yoga practice (while it has been work) has been a beautiful journey. I feel like I’m walking around with all this love in my heart when it used to be all this energy that was stored in a much lower place. I feel an ability to love without attachment and am now able to let go of old stories that no longer serve me. Before this workshop I was living in my head so much and worrying about things that were just manifestations of my mind. This course gave me skills to work through that. This course has been life-changing! I am eternally grateful to Susan for this course! My practice now includes living a life of vulnerability which helps me let go of fear, guilt, and shame."

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Kerri Heintz, USA

"I have so much gratitude for having the opportunity to do The Work with Susan! Twenty-four hours later and I'm still feeling like a weight has been lifted."

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Sharon F., USA

"Whenever people use the word “life-changing” to describe something, it always makes me a little suspicious. And I kept hearing people describe The Work as “life-changing”. Then I took one of Susan’s workshops ... and I totally got it. After the workshop, I noticed how much easier it was to get perspective on ... wanting things to be different than the way they are. It was easier to find compassion for myself, and softness around my interactions with others."

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Lucy, USA