Ruth Westoby is a doctoral researcher and an Ashtanga yoga practitioner. In 2010 she received an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS, University of London, with Distinction. As well as offering workshops and lectures at studios and conferences, Ruth teaches on some of the principal teacher training programmes in the UK and beyond. Ruth is researching a doctoral thesis on ‘Bodies in Haṭhayoga: Gender, Materiality and Power’ at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson and serves on the steering committee for the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. Ruth collaborated with the Haṭha Yoga Project’s ‘embodied philology’, interpreting postures from an 18th-century text teaching a precursor of modern yoga, the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati, in 2016 and 2017.
Ruth began to explore yoga practices in 1996 and started teaching postural yoga in 2004. Ruth has studied closely with Hamish Hendry and Richard Freeman and in 2015 was authorized by Sharat Jois to teach Ashtanga level 2.
Ruth brings the Yoga philosophy modules of our courses to life in her "seriously awesome sessions", giving a fascinating overview of yogic history and philosophy from modern day yoga to the Vedic or Pre-Classical period. Ruth's "passion and knowledge of the subject... is exhilarating to witness". She has an astonishing depth of knowledge and she makes her subject accessible, exciting and engaging, with plenty of discussions, "meditation breaks", chanting and opportunities to ask questions.
"I have loved the philosophy with Ruth so so much! It's been the start of an amazing journey for me."
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