Ruth has developed a unique style of teaching that unites pupil and teacher in an atmosphere of happiness and well-being. She teaches with enthusiasm and a sense of fun, and brings the same warmth and clarity to her talks and demonstrations. She is well known for her attention to detail, and has the ability to enable people to see through their limitations, achieve their full potential and experience a sense of freedom.
In her teens, Ruth had chronic back problems and as she says "happened to fall at the feet of a master". At that time Iyengar held classes in London homes, sometimes with as few as 12 students. He showed Ruth how to work to be free of the pain.
She was so inspired by his teaching, that she travelled to Poona, India, and was later given a senior teaching certificate. She taught Iyengar's teacher training classes and assessed students for their certificates. She has since made a number of trips back to India to teach and study.
Ruth met her husband John at the School of Philosophy, in Queensgate, London, (now in Oxford Circus) a school for householders who wish to 'wake up'. John, a shoemaker and student of philosophy, spent 9 years as a child in India. A natural teacher of Indian philosophy and yoga, he was also taught by Iyengar and awarded a teaching certificate.
The philosophical side of yoga (which includes meditation) is based on the Advaita tradition, as taught by the Shankaracharya of North India. Advaita, which means non-duality, heeds Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga including pranayama and meditation.