Core Staff & Faculty
Ramesh 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).
Pamela 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.
Howard 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.
Rachel 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Alex 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
Radhika 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.
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.
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.
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.
Radhika 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.
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.
Recent Blog Posts
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We have been nurturing a meditation or contemplative practice for our entire life span. As babies we started with repeating sounds in a singsong fashion. In a recent NPR interview on Krista Tippet’s On Being program Alice Parker, a renowned chorale leader, commented on singing- “It’s one of the things that we’re born with.read more