London Yoga Workshops

The History and Philosophy of Yoga Part 3: The Pātañjalayogaśāstra and Buddhism

with Ruth Westoby


Sun 18 Nov 2018 | West London Buddhist Centre

London Yoga Workshops: The History and Philosophy of Yoga Part 3: Pātañjalayogaśāstra and Buddhism


Sunday 18th November 2018

1:00pm – 5:30pm


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RUTH WESTOBY WILL PRESENT THE CORE TEXT OF CLASSICAL YOGA, the Pātañjalayogaśāstra and then discuss the principle teachings of Buddhism. Compiled around 350CE. The Yogasūtra builds on the metaphysics of Sāmkhya and presents many practices for stilling the movements of the mind and achieving a meditative state of introversion, samādhi or aloneness, kaivalya. The Pātañjalayogaśāstra has been acclaimed the most iconic text on yoga.

Buddhist teachings are closely woven into the fabric of the Pātañjalayogaśāstra. The section of this session on Buddhism will present an overview of the history and doctrines of Buddhism focusing on Early Buddhism and Mahāyāna Buddhism. We will explore the intimate relationship between yoga and Buddhism, reflecting on the popularity of mindfulness practices and their integration in the modern yoga scene.

The lecture will be accompanied with rich visual images. Primary sources, key concepts and further reading suggestions will be given. The best text to accompany these sessions is James Mallinson and Mark Singleton’s Roots of Yoga, published by Penguin in 2017.


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 19th century Sanskrit text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati which will be released as a documentary in 2019. She is currently working on doctoral research into gendered constructions in haṭha yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. Ruth helps coordinate the Sanskrit Reading Room and SOAS’s Centre of Yoga Studies. For more information about Ruth, visit our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty page.

Special offer!

You can either book just this event using the form below, or you can book parts 1-5 together for the discounted price of £125. Click here to book parts 1-5.


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Royal Oak House
45a Porchester Road
London W2 5DP

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