Ramesh Bjonnes is an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic lifestyle coach and the Director of the Prama Wellness Center, where a plant-based lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Bjonnes studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified naturopathic detox therapist from the Ananda Marga 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), A Brief History of Yoga (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).
Bjonnes is also a writer and researcher on alternative economics, in particular P. R. Sarkar’s Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT), and how this model provides an alternative to the crisis prone system of corporate capitalism. Using PROUT as a framework to analyze the current market system, while also outlining a more sustainable economy, his book Growing a New Economy, co-authored with Caroline Hargreaves, is a “hopeful account of the possibilities contained in our current crisis,” according to world-renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben. He is also the co-founder of Systems Change Alliance, a platform and network for organizations working towards deeper systems changes in economics, science, culture, and ecology. Website: www.prama.org www.systemschangealliance.org