Yoga Philosophy | Yoga in the Kaṭha Upaniṣad

Join Ruth Westoby on this Deep Dive session on Yoga in the Kaṭha Upaniṣad

Yoga Deep Dive |Session 7

13 November 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

The Upaniṣads are a series of texts, the ‘culmination of the Veda’, which comprise speculative philosophy and internalise earlier ritual. The Kaṭha Upaniṣad, composed in the centuries before the Common Era, contains the first definition of yoga as a set of meditative practices. Here yoga is the reining in of the senses, for ‘When senses are firmly reined in,/ that is Yoga, so people think/ From distractions a man is then free,/ for Yoga is the coming- into-being,/ as well as the ceasing to be’ Kaṭha Upaniṣad, 6.11. translated by Valerie Roebuck.

Course Content

In this session Ruth will describe the history and theory of the yogic body, read textual descriptions

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



    • 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 13 November 2021



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