Ruth Westoby is a doctoral researcher in yoga and an Ashtanga practitioner.

Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. Alongside her practice and research Ruth runs workshops and teaches on some of the principle teacher training programmes in the UK, and helps coordinate the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. Please contact Ruth with any queries ruthwestoby[at]gmail.com.

Practising since 1996 and teaching since 2004, in 2010 she received an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS with Distinction. The most influential teachers on Ruth’s practice have been Hamish Hendry, Richard Freeman and Sharat Jois. In 2015 she was authorized by Sharat to teach Ashtanga level 2. Ruth collaborated in 2016 and 2017 with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from a precursor of modern yoga, the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati (http://hathabhyasapaddhati.org). She continues to study Sanskrit and is researching for a doctoral thesis in constructions of gender in Sanskrit texts on haṭha yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. 

Ruth is the course facilitator for Yogacampus’s online course A History of Yoga: The Latest Research. She is working on teacher trainings with Bridget Woods-Kramer at triyoga, Naomi Reynolds at Yoga on the Lane and Gingi Lee at The Shala, Heather Elton in London and Nepal (https://www.eltonyoga.com/nepal-yoga-teacher-training/), and triyoga’s advanced teacher training. As well as helping coordinate the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies (https://www.soas.ac.uk/yoga-studies/) she is working on SOAS’s Yoga Summer School. Ruth has helped run the Sanskrit Reading Room (https://sanskritreadingroom.wordpress.com) and written regularly for Pushpam (http://www.pushpam.co.uk).