About Martha Soffer

Ayurvedic Doctor and Founder at Surya Spa

Internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic Panchakarma expert, Ayurvedic Chef, Herbal Rasayanist and master Ayurvedic Pulse diagnostician, Martha Soffer is the original founder and orginal Ayurvedic Practitioner of Surya, which is now recognized as the western leader of modern Ayurveda.  Martha’s focus is on “Ayurveda For Everyday Life,” which is achieved through focused programs and healing retreats, authentic and accessible products, educational talks and dialogues, and most importantly, and through a system of practical self-care, helping each individual balance themselves as the need arises.

Working with her accomplished team of Ayurvedic therapists, Martha and Surya bring long-term wellness, vitality and health to clients that range from next-door neighbors to the most well-known stars of the film and entertainment industries. Surya’s reputation also draws clients from as far as Athens, London, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Moscow, who also come for Surya's transformative Ayurvedic cleansing series. Martha is a recognized leader in restoring Ayurveda to its authentic, spiritual and most effective roots, and is a leader innovator in reintroducing Ayurveda as a viable modern complementary system of wellbeing, wellness and health. A frequent guest on the CBS talk show “The Doctors,” Martha also works with western doctors who refer patients when western medicine cannot deliver a satisfactory solution, and, who often come themselves for seasonal treatments. Martha teaches and lectures, most recently for yoga luminary Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow Vinyasa Teacher Training Program, and frequently speaks on the subjects of fertility and postpartum care, as part of Surya’s Mother Baby Program.

Martha and Surya have been featured in prominent magazines and journals such as Vogue, In Style, Allure, the L.A. Times, New York Magazine and LA Yoga, has appeared on many television shows, has been featured in leading podcasts, and has been covered by influential bloggers and clients such as Kourtney Kardashian, Shiva Rose in The Local Rose and Gwyneth Paltrow in Goop. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Martha lives with her husband in their Ayurvedic retreat center on the beautiful bluffs of Pacific Palisades.  In the Fall of 2019, Martha will bring Surya’s magic to a new luxury hotel currently under construction in Santa Monica, as the first of a series of planned new locations.