Yoga Philosophy | Yoga & Critical Thinking

Join Ruth Westoby on this Deep Dive session covering teaching and the exploration of critically thinking yoga history and philosophy.

Yoga Deep Dive | Session 4

14th August 2021 | 9 am - 12 pm | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM with Ruth Westoby

This session can be attended by anybody, as a stand-alone workshop or as an optional module on our 300-hour programme in conjunction with our Foundation Yoga Philosophy course.  

Course Overview

Yoga, as formulated and practiced over the last two and a half thousand years, offers a vision of freedom and how to achieve it. Modern critical theory uses philosophy and the social sciences to study how human beings can become more free. This session places side by side Indian and contemporary approaches to freedom. Ruth presents ideas on philosophy, time and liberation in the Indian tradition drawing on the darśanas, or schools of thought. Ruth brings these ideas into conversation with contemporary approaches from the humanities to explore the possibilities and paradoxes of yoga for enabling us to become more free.

 

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Course Content

Suitable for anybody interested in this subject matter. Join us to delve deep into the topic and take part in discussions and gain knowledge from Ruth Westoby- Doctoral Researcher at SOAS and Ashtanga practitioner

 

Practicalities

  • A 200-hour yoga teacher training is usually a prerequisite for joining any of our Level 2 trainings but not essential 
  • This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our 300-YA accredited programme
  • The course VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM with catch up sessions available for 7 days if you cant attend
  • If you do the Yoga Philosophy Foundations training and 3 deep dives you will gain a 20hr certificate and five deep dives for a 30 hr Certificate with Yoga Allicance
  • Once you have completed your 300-hour training you can register as a RYT 500 teacher
  • Teacher Bio

    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

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    Course Dates

    The course has the following modules scheduled:

    Saturday 14 August 2021

    VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
    9am–12.00pm VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM

    Pricing

    All of our Deep Dives cost £40 per session including access to recordings for 7 days after

    • The deposit is non refundable but can be transferred to another person 
    • The remaining balance is refundable up to 1 month before the event.  
    • Cancellation 2 - 4 weeks before the event: 50 % of the balance in refund only
    • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event: no refund
    Trainings at the Shala are run independently and all payments for training services are accepted on behalf of the individual teachers. 
    • The livestreamed elements of this training will be recorded and anyone who is unable to attend this part can email us to request a link to the recording, which will be available for 7 days after the event. 
    • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended. 
    • In the event that a training is cancelled by the Shala you will be offered a refund or the option to be transferred to an alternative event
    • The course leaders and the Shala reserve the right to photograph or film during the programme and to use these images for our website and marketing purposes