Nature and a rich ancestral history have been a constant source of grounding and inspiration for Prema Murthy 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 and worked in the medical field in the Philippines. Her paternal grandfather was a Hindu priest, and served in a small village temple in India. Honoring this legacy, Prema continues to be guided by the sacred elements of healing, ritual and a deep respect for Nature. Over the years, Ashtanga has grown to become a part of her daily sadhana. She is forever grateful to her teachers Sharmila Desai, Eddie Stern and Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois.