Prema Murthy first experienced the deep, healing aspects of Ayurveda over 15 years ago in India, as part of her training in Kalaripayuttu, a martial art of Kerala, and later in Mysore while studying Ashtanga Yoga. Inspired to learn more about this ancient science of well-being, she immersed herself in the teachings of re-knowned Ayurvedic practitioners Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Robert Svoboda and Maya Tiwari. Over the years, Ayurveda and Ashtanga have grown to become a part of her daily ritual. She returns to India regularly to continue her lifelong study of Ayurveda and to practice Ashtanga with her teachers, Saraswathi Jois, the daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, his grandson.
Nature and a rich ancestral history have been a continuous source of grounding and inspiration for Prema since she was a young girl. She was born in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by old-growth trees and mountains, to parents of Filipino and Indian descent. Prema's maternal grandfather was a respected healer in the medical field on the island of Bohol, in The Philippines. Her paternal grandfather was a Brahmin priest in the Vedic tradition, serving in a small village temple outside of Bangalore, India. Honoring this legacy, Prema continues to be guided by the sacred elements of healing, ritual and a deep respect for Mother Nature.
From the tiniest of seeds comes a myriad of healing properties. They are the fundamental component for beauty and healing oils around the world. In honor of the great gifts Mother Nature gives us, Dharma donates a portion of income to Navdanya, a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Vandana Shiva. Navdanya is dedicated to seed conservation, organic farming and raising ecological awareness.