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 Gītī, 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 is Authorised Level Two in the Astanga Yoga lineage. She holds a Masters’ degree with Distinction in Indian Philosophy and Religion from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs philosophy workshops at Astanga Yoga London and teaches history and philosophy modules on yoga teacher training courses. Ruth spends her mornings practising and assisting at AYL, her days with her kids and her evenings studying Sanskrit.

Chāndogya Upaniṣad workshop

Sunday 05th March 2017 11.30am – 2.00pm
£25.00 includes materials, tea and snacks.
Open to all.

The Chāndogya is one of the oldest and most substantial Upaniṣads. Kings teach priests the nature of reincarnation, gods mislead demons that the body is the soul, and Śvetaketu’s scientific investigations reveal tat tvam asi—his eternal essence is the same as that pervading the universe around him.

The Chāndogya is peopled with striking characters – the ill-gotten and honest Satyakāma Jābāla, the obnoxious but enlightened Raikva and the arrogant yet studious Śvetaketu. A competition of the senses reveals breath or prāṇa as the highest faculty, and ‘The light which shines beyond the sky, behind all, behind everything, in the unsurpassed, highest worlds, is the same that is the light within the person.’ CU 3.13.7

In this workshop we will chant, explore the history, stories and teachings of the Chāndogya Upaniṣad and voice our responses. Tea and snacks are provided. All are welcome, no prior knowledge is required. All you need to bring is inquisitiveness.

Please book and pay in advance £25 either cash or cheque to Ruth or through PayPal via the link below.

Copies of some of the verses will be provided. If you would like to read the whole text you could try –
Roebuck, Valerie (2003). The Upaniṣads. Penguin: London.
Olivelle, Patrick (1996). Upaniṣads. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Pay via PayPal using the link above or cash or cheques can be given to Ruth at the shala. Cheques can also be posted to Ruth Westoby, 60 Carysfort Road, London N16 9AP. Contact Ruth with any questions and for concessionary rates (see below for contact details).

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