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, Sāṃkhya, Vedānta, 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.

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About Ruth Westoby
Ruth Westoby is a doctoral researcher in yoga and an Ashtanga practitioner. Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. Practising since 1996 and teaching since 2004, in 2010 she received an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS with Distinction. The most influential teachers on Ruth’s practice have been Hamish Hendry, Richard Freeman and Sharat Jois. In 2015 she was authorized by Sharat to teach Ashtanga level 2. Ruth collaborated in 2016 and 2017 with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from a precursor of modern yoga, the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati
( She continues to study Sanskrit and is researching for a doctoral thesis in constructions of gender in Sanskrit texts on haṭha yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. Ruth teaches on some of the principle teacher training programmes in the UK and helps coordinate the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. For workshops, writings and footage please see

Histories and ideas of yoga workshops:
Āyurveda and yoga

Saturday 30th March 11.30am – 2.30pm
£25 (or ask Ruth about concessions)
Open to all.

Yoga and Āyurveda are twinned with one another in the popular imagination but until recently they developed separately with little apparent influence on one another. This workshop will sketch Āyurveda or Indian medicine (literally ‘knowledge of life’) from its roots in the Compendium of Caraka over two millennia ago and consider the modern day’s seeming synergy between yoga and Āyurveda. Ruth will sketch the Āyurvedic understanding of the body (pathways or nāḍīs and humours or dhātus) and the concept of health as a balance between physical, psychological, social and environmental planes of being. We will compare Āyurvedic and yogic conceptions of the body and their proper functioning in terms of health, longevity and liberation. Drawing on recent research we will trace the points on which Āyurveda and yoga converge and the extent to which they differ. This workshop will be part lecture, part discussion but will not be a practical application of Āyurvedic principles of diagnostics.

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