Yoga Philosophy and Practice Intertwined with Ruth Westoby

Āsana and Philosophy Workshop

In this three-hour workshop Ruth will weave together philosophy, mythology, history and practice. The session will begin with outlining the key doctrines of yoga philosophy and share mythological maps which can add depth to our practice. Ruth will use sitting and moving practices to explore not only philosophy and mythology but to give a sense of the historical development of practices over the last 2000 years. We will conclude the session by reviewing the integration of history and philosophy into practical sessions and have plenty of opportunity for discussion. Yoga has the potential to become embodied philosophy, illuminating and expressing ourselves and resonating throughout our lives.

About Ruth

Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. She is a doctoral researcher in yoga and an Ashtanga practitioner. Ruth began exploring yoga practices twenty-two years ago and has taught for over thirteen. She teaches history and philosophy on workshops and yoga teacher trainings.

The teachers who have been most influential for Ruth are Hamish Hendry, Richard Freeman and Sharat Jois. Ruth was awarded an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS in 2010 with distinction since when she has been studying Sanskrit. Ruth collaborated with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from the 19thcentury Sanskrit text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhatiwhich will be released as a documentary in 2019. She is currently working on doctoral research into gendered constructions in haṭhayoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. Ruth helps coordinate the Sanskrit Reading Room and SOAS’s Centre of Yoga Studies.

For writings, films and workshops please see www.enigmatic.yoga.

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