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 and workshops.
Ruth’s main teachers are Hamish Hendry whom she assists, Richard Freeman, Sharat Jois, and the late Śrī K Pattabhis Jois. 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. She writes for the practitioner journal Pushpam.
Ruth recently collaborated 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 conceptions in Sanskrit texts on yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson.