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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 Religions 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.

Vedānta

Saturday 22nd April 2017 11.30am – 2.00pm
£25.00 includes materials, tea and snacks.
£10.00 concession.
Open to all.

Vedānta is the most prominent school of Indian philosophy. It has had a profound impact on the development of yoga. Most practitioners and commentators on yoga have been, explicitly or implicitly, hugely influenced by Vedānta. This workshop is an opportunity to explore those influences.

This workshop will introduce the main ideas of Vedānta and the life of its most well-known proponent, Ādi Śaṅkarācārya (c. 788–820 CE). We will familiarise ourselves with the key teachings – brahman as the underlying reality of the world and the liberation we might experience through enquiry into the nature of brahman and ātman – or our innermost essence.

We will tease out the differences between the principle schools of Vedānta – Advaita, Dvaita, and Viśiṣṭādvaita. We will peek at original texts in English translation. We will have plenty of opportunity to voice our responses and debate the relevance of Vedānta to the development of yoga and to our own lives.

‘The most influential school of theology in India has been the Vedānta, exerting enormous influence on all religious traditions and becoming the central ideology of the Hindu Renaissance in the nineteenth century. It has become the philosophical paradigm of Hinduism par excellence.’
Gavin Flood, 1996, An Introduction to Hinduism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 238

Tea and snacks are provided. All are welcome, no prior knowledge is required. All you need to bring is inquisitiveness.

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

The Gheraṇḍa Samhitā

Sunday 02nd July 2017 11.30am – 2.00pm
£25.00 includes materials, tea and snacks.
£10.00 concession.
Open to all.
More details coming soon.
Please contact Ruth to reserve your spot. Please pay before the event – online booking will be available soon.

Yoga philosophy weekend immersion

Saturday 09th September 11.30am – 5.00pm + 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.
More details coming soon.
Please contact Ruth to reserve your spot. Please pay before the event – online booking will be available soon.

Further information

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

If you have any questions, get in touch: ruthwestoby@gmail.com or 07773 767993. More information on www.ruthyoga.co.uk