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 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.

The Gheraṇḍa Samhitā

Sunday 02nd July 2017 11.30am – 2.00pm
£25.00 includes materials, tea and snacks.
£10.00 concession.
Open to all.

‘There is no fetter like illusion, no force greater than Yoga, no friend greater than knowledge, and no enemy greater than ego’ Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā 1.4.

The Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā is ‘the most enclyclopedic of all the root texts of Hatha Yoga’. Rather than haṭha yoga it describes itself as ghaṭastha yoga. Ghaṭa, pot or person, refers to the techniques as working on the body and mind. The text gives us a sevenfold path to perfection of the person – ṣaṭkarma, āsana, mudrā, pratyāhāra, prāṇāyāma, dhyāna and samādhi. Richly elaborate visualisations bring vivid colour to the practices:

‘The yogi should visualize a sublime ocean of nectar in his heart, with an island of jewels in its middle whose sand is made of gemstones’ Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā 6.2.

In this workshop we will chant, explore the history, ideas and practices of haṭha yoga through the lens of the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā. Sri K Pattabhis Jois emphasised the importance of the Patañjalayogaśāstra yet his writings and talks were steeped in the principles of haṭha yoga and Śrī Vidyā, South Indian Tantra (Sri K. Pattabhis Jois, Yoga Mala, North Point Press, New York, 2002).

This workshop is open to all and no prior knowledge is required. Sections of the text and snacks will be provided. All you need to bring is inquisitiveness. If you would like to look at the full text before the session please get hold of James Mallinson’s The Gheranda Samhita published in 2004 by

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

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: or 07773 767993. More information on