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.

What is yoga?

Saturday 02nd December 11.30am – 1.30pm
£20.00 / concession.
Open to all.

What is yoga? Where does it come from? Why do we do it? Where is it taking us?

This workshop is an introduction to the ideas and history of yoga. We will explore some key definitions of yoga, locate them in history, and interrogate them in relation to our practices and priorities.

Foundations Workshop
This workshop is designed both for people who have never explored yoga history or philosophy before and those who would like to revisit the foundations.

The workshop will include
– Chanting
– Definitions of yoga through historical stages
– Key Sanskrit terms (yoga, karma, saṃsāra, mokṣa)
– Introduce texts such as Pātañjali’s Yogasūtra, the Bhagavad Gītā, and the Haṭhapradīpikā

Whilst some information will be presented as a lecture, plenty of time will be devoted to your questions – what intrigues you. And drinking tea.

Please book and pay in advance either by cash or cheque to Ruth or through Eventbrite. Please pay less than £20 if that is what you can afford – select ‘concession’ and enter the amount of your choice.

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