Ruth Westoby is authorised level two in the Aṣṭāṅga lineage and a doctoral researcher in yoga
Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. She began exploring yoga practices twenty-two years ago and has taught for over ten. As well as posture-based classes she teaches history and philosophy on yoga teacher trainings (since 2014) and workshops.
She was awarded an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS in 2010 with Distinction. Since then she has been studying Sanskrit and caring for her young family. In 2015 she was authorized by Sharat Jois to teach the Aṣṭāṅga method, level 2. Ruth’s main teachers are Hamish Hendry whom she assists, Richard Freeman, Sharat Jois, and the late Śrī K Pattabhis Jois.
Ruth collaborated in 2016 and 2017 with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from the Sanskrit text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati shortly to be released as an educational documentary. She is currently working on doctoral research into gendered constructions in Sanskrit texts on yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. She is engaged as moderator on Yogacampus’s online course A History of Yoga: The Latest Research. The teacher trainings she is currently working on include Bridget Woods-Kramer at Triyoga, Naomi Reynolds at Yoga on the Lane, and Gingi Lee at The Shala. Ruth also helps run the Sanskrit Reading Room at SOAS.