Ruth Westoby is a doctoral researcher in yoga and an Ashtanga practitioner. Ruth teaches yoga history, philosophy and critical theory in workshops and on some of the principle teacher trainings in the UK and beyond.
Ruth is researching for a doctoral thesis on ‘Bodies in Haṭhayoga: Gender, Materiality and Power’ at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. She serves on the steering committee for the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies
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. In 2010 she received an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS, University of London, with Distinction. In 2015 she was authorized by Sharat to teach Ashtanga level 2. 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