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 Westoby is a yoga student, teacher and researcher. Ruth practises Ashtanga yoga and is researching a doctoral thesis on constructions of gender in Sanskrit texts on haṭhayoga at SOAS. Please see for workshops, articles, and teacher trainings. Please get in touch at with any questions or to subscribe to Ruth’s (infrequent) newsletter.

Yoga history and philosophy workshop:
Modern yoga – history and critical issues

Sunday 11th November 11.30am – 2.30pm
£25 (or ask Ruth about concessions)
Open to all.

This workshop will focus on the history of yoga in the last 200 years and tease out key trends and critical issues in contemporary yoga. We will explore ideas of Orientalism, Western Esotericism, Vivekandanda’s Raja Yoga, and the predominance of physical yoga postures. Critical issues we will discuss include the medical versus yogic body paradigms, guru-disciple relations, spiritual materialism and (identity) politics. No previous experience is necessary and we will not be doing postures. Tea, snacks and readings will be provided.

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