Women in Yoga with Ruth Westoby
In 4 sessions Ruth will explore the roles women have made in the history of ancient and modern yoga practice.
- Session 1 – Ruth discusses themes such as power, control and purity, types of female practitioners and their relation to modern practitioners.
- Session 2: Ruth discusses the role of gendered polarities in the traditions and the metaphysics of gender.
- Session 3: In this session Ruth explores the gendered yogic body.
- Session 4: In this session Ruth discusses the issues of women in globalised modern yoga
Ruth Westoby is a doctoral researcher in yoga and an Ashtanga practitioner.
Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. Alongside practice and doctoral research Ruth runs workshops and teaches on some of the principal teacher training programmes in the UK. Ruth is researching for a doctoral thesis in constructions of gender in Sanskrit texts on haṭha yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. To this end she continues to study Sanskrit. Ruth has convened study groups on yoga and gender at SOAS to share the work of new and leading researchers in the field.