Astanga Yoga London


Yoga philosophy with Ruth Westoby

Ruth leads yoga philosophy workshops. These sessions explore ideas and practices from the long history of yoga. Classes engage with texts through chanting, identifying the meaning of key concepts and discussing their relevance to our lives. Over the last few years we have looked at the Upaniṣads, the Yoga Sūtras, the Bhagavad Gītā, Saṇkhya, Vedanta, Tantra and Haṭha. These sessions are opportunities to come together and share our intrigue for these ancient and illuminating concepts and technologies.

The sessions are open to all. No previous knowledge is required.

If you have any questions please contact Ruth. Please also contact Ruth if you would like to be added to her email distribution list to receive updates about forthcoming sessions.

About Ruth Westoby
Ruth practises Astanga yoga and motherhood, studies Sanskrit and yoga history and philosophy, and teaches workshops and teacher training modules throughout London. She is Authorised Level Two in the Astanga yoga lineage and holds a Masters’ degree with distinction in Indian Philosophy and Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Through gendered eyes: a yoga philosophy weekend immersion

Saturday 09th September 11.30am – 1.30pm + 2.30 – 5.00pm and Sunday 10th September 2017 11.30am – 2.00pm followed by lunch at Diwana
£100.00 includes materials, tea and lunch at Diwana on Sunday.
£50.00 concession.
Open to all.

Haṭha yoga presents the masculine and feminine energy channels or nadīs, known as ida and pingala, as exiting through our eyes. Through gendered eyes this weekend of workshops will look at ideas of yoga. Taking an arching historical perspective we will discuss gendered philosophy, the subtle or yogic body as gendered, and the relationship of sex and gender to yoga practice. Sessions will include lecture, texts and sharing ideas in a creative community atmosphere.

Topics will include gender in creation myths such as the Nasadiya Sukta of the Ṛgveda, philosophizing separation in Sāṃkhya’s bipolar scheme of puruṣa (consciousness) and prakṛti (everything else), the divine play of Kṛṣṇa and the Gopīs in the Purāṇas, and the delight of Śiva and Śakti in the Tantras, Haṭha yoga’s imagery of the female serpent goddess, Kuṇḍalinī, and bindu—ideas of the elixir of immortality or semen. If the Patāṇjala Yoga Śastra teaches the cessation of mind (cittavṛttinirodha, PYŚ 1.2) then haṭha teaches the cessation of breath (pranavrtti nirodha, Haṭhapradīpikā 2.2) — and of bindu (Haṭhapradīpikā 4.114).

We will search out the women of yoga: those to whom teachings are told, who ask the right questions, who subvert the narrative—the crooked goddess of the Ṛgveda, the Upaniṣadic mistress of enigma, Gargī, the heroic women of the epics, the ideal wife, the goddess, the yoginī. Do these ideas resonate, are they relevant to our experiences and practices? Could they take us beyond gender, beyond human, beyond god?

Please book and pay in advance either by cash or cheque to Ruth or through Eventbrite

Further information

All workshops will take place at Astanga Yoga London, Dharma Shala.

If you have any questions, get in touch: or 07773 767993. More information on