Core Staff & Faculty

piwebhRamesh Bjonnes is the Director of the Prama Wellness Center where lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified yoga detox theraphist from the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).


NityaPrema3Pamela Nemon is a professional educator and school administrator. She worked for many years in international relief and development, supervising community projects for disadvantaged populations in Latin America. She received extensive training in early child education and emergency health care and has managed pre-schools in Latin America, Europe and the US.


howard2Howard Nemon was initiated into yoga meditation in 1972. He recevied extensive training in yoga philosophy and practices in the US and in India. For over 35 years, he has shared his deep knowledge of yogic practices through lectures, workshops and retreats in Asia, South America, and the US.  Howard has assisted hundreds of people in adopting a diet that is more conducive to their physical, mental, and spiritual development.

radhika2Rachel Maietta is the office manager at Prama Wellness Center, office assistant at Prama Institute, and a dedicated mother.  She holds BA in Developmental Psychology from Suffolk University.  She started her interest in health and wellness when starting her yoga and meditation
practice 18 years ago.  Since then she has attended many workshops, retreats, and trainings on the subject.  She has happily lived and worked in the Prama community with her husband, Alex and their two young boys for the last three years.

Sid4Dr. Sid Jordan has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher since 1971. As a clinical psychologist, he taught psychotherapy and community psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and served as director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services in a community center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC over a period of 25 years. Since 1994, he has been developing a green intentional community north of Asheville on 140 acres of land.

chrishead1Dr. Chris Guthrey is a psychologist trained in transpersonal psychology and believes in a holistic approach to well-being. He specializes in mindfulness and has maintained his own daily meditation practice for over four years. He values guiding others through example and embodies wellness by living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Currently Chris has a counseling practice in Asheville as well as works for Prama Wellness Center as a counselor and retreat manager.

jagatAlex Dickie is the web designer and marketing director for the Prama Institute and Wellness Center.  Alex holds a Fine Arts Degree from York University in Toronto Canada and is the father of 2 boys.  In his spare time Alex like to sing and record Kirtan.  Listen Here

radhikaRadhika Banu Bjonnes is an experienced and dedicated yoga and meditation teacher, aromatherapist, and a practitioner of various creative movement arts. She has been practicing yoga and meditation daily since 2001.  Radhika holds a 60 hour certification and a 400 hour Diploma in Rajadhiraja Yoga from AMYA, and a 100 hour certification in Yin Yoga led by Victor Chng.

Massage Therapists

Prama has assembled a great team of local massage therapists.  Massage can be a great addition to one of your stays with us or something to offer your participants when renting our facility.  Our massage therapists are certified and offer a wide range of massage types.  Call or email us for availability and prices.

eddieErhard Schoeffmann graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga where he received 675 hours of training including 100 hours of Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. He specializes in integrative bodywork with focus on deep tissue and trigger point therapy while incorporating elements of myofascial release, sacriocranal and thai modalities.  Erhard works out of his private practice in downtown Asheville and can be requested through regional retreat centers such as Shoji Spa and Lodge in Asheville and Prama Institute and Wellness Center in Marshall, NC.
danielleDanielle Rottenberg graduated from the Asheville School of Massage and Therapy in 2010. As a massage therapist, Danielle integrates myofascial, swedish, deep tissues and trigger point therapy. She enjoys individualizing the massage style with that of the clients needs. She has found massage therapy to be an integral part of healing and well being. Since 2010 she also has received training in Abhyanga Massage and  CranioSacral at the Upledger Institute.

Jess Ames has been practicing massage and bodywork since 1994. Certified in Kripalu Bodywork and Yoga instruction, nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and trained in Reflexology and Shiatsu, she combines modalities depending on what the client needs and requests. An avid student of plant medicine, Jess loves gardening, hiking, foraging and making medicines and natural skin care products from what she grows and finds.

Yoga Instructors

Prama has assembled a few of the regions top yoga instructors to facilitate yoga classes during our events.  If you are in need of a yoga instructor for one of your personal events please call or email for more information.

radhikaRadhika Banu Bjonnes is an experienced and dedicated yoga and meditation teacher, aromatherapist, and a practitioner of various creative movement arts. She has been practicing yoga and meditation daily since 2001. As part of the growing “slow yoga” movement, she believes that a gentle yoga practice reaches deeper, makes us calmer and stronger. Before settling in the US, she taught yoga at the Ananda Marga Yoga Academy (AMYA) in Singapore for over 10 years. It was there that she immersed herself in the study and teaching of Rajadhiraja Yoga, a therapeutic and traditional system of yoga focusing on holding poses for a certain period, often with breath retention and deep, slow breathing. Radhika holds a 60 hour certification and a 400 hour Diploma in Rajadhiraja Yoga from AMYA, and a 100 hour certification in Yin Yoga led by Victor Chng. In addition, she has attended intensive workshops and classes in the Iyengar style of yoga with world renowned teachers Gita Iyengar (the daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar), Jawahar Bangera, and Anjani Shah. While continuing her lifelong study in all of these traditions, especially with her main teachers Anjani Shah and Victor Chng, Radhika is a detailed-oriented and passionate teacher with a personal, caring and friendly style of imparting her lessons.

becca2As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Registered Yoga Teacher, Becca Odom combines clinical therapeutic methods with mindful yoga techniques to create a space for deep emotional, physical and spiritual healing for her students. Becca is the Owner/Founder of Soulful Mountain Yoga and Co-Founder of Yoga for Trauma.



kris2Kris Moon has been a dedicated student of yoga since 2007 and a certified teacher since 2011. In India, she immersed herself in yoga & Ayurveda, and studied vipassana and Zen meditation. She balances her training in the East with continued study in the West.

Lindsay discovered yoga in 1998 and hasn’t got off the mat since then. She completed her 500-hour teacher training in 2016 and her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 through Lillah Schwartz’s Transformation Yoga Trainings. Lindsay has studied with Roger Cole, Elise Browning Miller, Simon Marrocco, Matthew Sanford, Mary Obendorfer, Eddy Marks, and many other notable teachers.  She teaches in a variety of settings from group classes, wellness retreats, and one-on-one privates.

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