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Yoga, Sex & Death October / Susan Marrufo and Keith McGuinnes

October 15 - 22, 2022

This course is a study on the relationship between yoga, sacred sexuality, and death through a deeper examination of the two main themes that connect them: INTIMACY  + LETTING GO

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Part 1 – YogaWe ground the basic foundation of the course in yogic philosophy as we move beyond the physical body towards a deeper understanding of the subtle body. We’ll dive deeply into the chakra system – by first studying a brief overview from the more classical traditions to the new age Jungian concept of the chakra system and its relationship to yoga postures (asana). We’ll apply this knowledge to practice for releasing blockages/tensions (granthis) and purifying subtle impressions (samskaras) in the energy body for more freedom, ease, peace, lightness, clarity, an intimacy with life and a total acceptance/openness to whatever arises.

Part 2 – SexContinuing to build on the knowledge and practices of the subtle body we learn in part 1, we begin to focus more deeply on the vital energy of sexuality and it’s 3 forces – eros, sex and love. We will closely examine our own relationship to each to discover where we’re blocked and experience how these blockages of sexual energy directly relate to all other aspects of our lives. We’ll free up this vital energy so it can begin to flow freely and life can expand beyond measure as a deep sense of connectedness to others emerges.

Part 3 – Death – When most of us think about death (or the groundlessness of life itself), we feel sadness or anxiety in the face of such profound insecurity. In this course, we begin to see that those very feelings are the fertile ground in which we can become more courageous, wise, and compassionate towards ourselves and others. We’ll continue to build on what we’ve learned in Part 1 and 2 to learn about what sacredness means and how to attune ourselves to experience it every day, so that when death comes, it can be a vehicle for fully merging with this limitless wisdom.

Susan Marrufo

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 in 2012 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.

Since then, Susan has split her time between India, Thailand and the US, facilitating group courses in the inquiry of yoga and meditation as well as diving increasingly deeper into her own yogic studies. After many years of travel, she is happy to have found a home in the City of Angels.

She is the founder of Samarasa Center.

 

Keith McGuinnesKeith McGuinnes – MA, E-RYT 500

Keith is known for his heartfelt and fiery leadership style. His passions are intimacy, human connection, and the exploration of mind and consciousness. These passions have guided Keith around the world, synthesizing his background in business and technology with eastern wisdom and mystical traditions. Investing nearly fifteen years of practice into the Zen Buddhist, Tantric Shaivist, Classical Yoga, and Sacred Sexuality traditions, Keith is an authority on remaining grounded in wisdom, presence, and service without sacrificing the joy of daily life.

Keith has influenced thousands of students worldwide, through yoga, meditation and facilitating communication, masculinity, and holistic healing workshops. Keith holds two 500-hr Yoga Certifications, is an Authentic Relating Facilitator, Accelerated Evolution Coach, and Yoga Therapist. He healed himself from a stage III cancer diagnosis in 2020 and is involved in the nonprofit organization RealnessProject.org, fostering and empowering human connection for incarcerated people.

He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.