SAVE THIS DATE: November 3 – 7, 2015
(7th Annual Physicians Conference)

Agenda to be announced in January 2015



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American Meditation Institute’s Yoga of Medicine Program

6th Annual Retreat: Physicians • RNs • NPs • PAs • Psychologists 

The Heart and Science of Yoga™

Comprehensive Training in Holistic Mind/Body Medicine
for Clinical and Personal Application



Meditation  •  Mantra Science  •  Diaphragmatic Breathing  •  Yoga Psychology  •  Mind Function Optimization
Chakras  •  Easy-Gentle Yoga  •  Lymph System Detox  •  Nutrition  •  Functional Medicine  •  Ayurvedic Medicine  •  Epigenomics



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Herbert Benson, M.D. of the Harvard Medical School claims that maintaining good health is analogous to building a three-legged stool.

The first leg is Self-Care.
The second leg is Surgery & Medical Procedures.
The third leg is Pharmaceuticals.


“Health and well-being, is balanced and optimal
only when all three legs of the stool are in place.”

Herbert Benson, M.D. of the Harvard Medical School
Expand Your Clinical and Personal Competency

The NIH claims that more than 1 in 3 Americans now seek mind/body healing therapies to supplement their conventional care. As a physician or other health care provider, you can deepen your understanding of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine and its scientific foundation by attending this stimulating immersion course led by Leonard Perlmutter and a panel of other leading experts.

Target Audience
Health professionals who provide direct patient care or patient education in areas of self-management, lifestyle behaviors, and mind/body medicine are encouraged to attend.  This includes, but is not limited to physicians (all fields), psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice workers, clergy, coaches, and integrative medicine practitioners.

An Effective plan for YOU and your PATIENTS
In support of the American Meditation Institute’s CME accreditation process (through the Albany Medical College), AMI  conducted a retrospective case study of participants who completed Leonard Perlmutter’s Heart and Science of Yoga™ course.


The findings included these positive, reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Reduced cholesterol levels
  • Diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain
  • Weight loss
  • Increased breathing capacity
  • Increased exercise capacity
  • Improved restorative sleep
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Improved energy levels
  • Increased creative capacity
  • Diminishment of migraine headaches
  • Significant reductions in stress and fear
  • Elimination of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Enhanced happiness and optimism


The Heart and Science of Yoga™ presents a comprehensive training in the world’s most effective holistic mind/body medicine and its scientific foundation.  The program is designed to encourage active participant interaction by combining engaging lectures, practicums, panel discussion and Q&A.  Although recent studies have demonstrated that 75% of health care costs associated with chronic diseases could be prevented or reversed by lifestyle changes, many clinicians do not offer themselves, or their patients, strategies that encourage meaningful change.  This 30 hour CME course will provide easy-to-learn practices that work synergistically (within the intricate medium of the stress system) to reduce inflammation and allostatic load while working toward establishing homeostasis.




  • An educational body of knowledge for health & healing
  • History, philosophy & benefits of meditation
  • How to use the mind to make the best choices
  • How to access the “super-conscious” mind
  • Understanding pain as an agent for healing
  • The transformative power of sacrifice
  • Increasing energy, will power and creativity
  • The power of desire & attention
  • Creative actions rather than reactionary responses
  • Antidotes for worry, stress and depression
  • Systematic procedure for meditation
  • How to diminish distractions
  • Training one-pointed attention for creativity
  • The one-minute meditation
  • Using meditation skills throughout the day
  • Mantra Science: World’s greatest mantras and how to use thoughts and mantra in the healing process
  • How mantra vibrations promote health
  • Understanding the physiology/anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga
  • Two sets of Easy-Gentle Yoga stretches & exercises
  • The meaning of prana (life force)
  • How breathing irregularities foster dis-ease
  • Diaphragmatic breathing for pulmonary health
  • Complete (three-part) yogic breath
  • Yogic postures for healthy breathing
  • Alternate nostril breathing for energy & psychological balance
  • How the mind functions for optimal health
  • Managing thoughts, desires and emotions
  • How to experience freedom from fear
  • The power of the present moment
  • Channeling the four primitive urges:
  • Food, Sex, Sleep and Self-Preservation
  • Introduction to the Psychology of the Chakra System
  • Anatomy of your real being
  • Building and healing relationships
  • Redefining the practice model
  • Ayurveda: as a science & diagnostic tool
  • Epigenomics, Lifestyle choices
  • How to keep a meditation practice going & working for you
  • How to introduce these practices to your patients
  • Food as Medicine (Diet, Nutrition, Functional Medicine)



  • Demonstrate knowledge of how Yoga Science as mind/body medicine can help heal disease, manage addictive habits, alleviate stress and inflammation
  • Develop equanimity, discrimination, will power, creativity and energy through a daily practice of meditation and diaphragmatic breathing
  • Incorporate long-term strategies for healthy lifestyle choices using Yoga psychology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of Ayurveda, Epigenomics and Functional Medicine
  • Understand the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga (exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands and internal organs)
  • Help themselves and their patients reduce conditioned habits of negative thinking through the healing powers of mantra science
  • Utilize the Yoga of Eating (Diet and Nutrition) to maximize personal well being
  • Use Chakra Psychology (subtle emotional/mental cause of stress) to diagnose and treat dis-ease



  • Leonard and Jenness Perlmutter: Psychology of Chakras
  • Susan Lord, MD: East Meets West
  • Mark Pettus, MD: Epigenomics/Inflammation/Allostatic Load
  • Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN: Food as Medicine
  • Rosy Mann, BAMS: Ayurveda & Diagnostic Applications



Leonard Perlmutter

Founder and director of The American Meditation Institute, Leonard is the author of "Transformation,"  The Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine and the award-winning book "The Heart and Science of Yoga™ : A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear." His Heart and Science of Yoga™ entry-level course has been accredited by the Albany Medical College, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and American Nurses Association to recieve medical education credit. Leonard has been a student of Yoga Science since 1975 and a direct disciple of mind/body medicine pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

Mark Pettus, MD

Mark Pettus, MD, is a board-certified internist and nephrologist currently serving as Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School. Mark is the author of The Savvy Patient and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health, & Change Your Life.

Susan B. Lord, MD

Susan B. Lord, MD, is currently a faculty member, holistic health consultant and retreat facilitator for Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She served as Associate Director for Professional Training at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine in Washington, DC from 1996-2007, and was the Course Director for the Food as Medicine program.

Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

Kathie Swift is a leading educator and practitioner in the field of integrative nutrition. She is author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health and the chief nutrition advisor for Kathie is a Licensed Registered Dietitian with 30 years of clinical experience and a founding member of the Institute for Functional Medicine Nutrition Advisory Board.

Beth Netter, MD, MT

Beth Netter, MD is an holistic physician and acupuncturist in Albany, NY. She graduated from the University at Buffalo’s School of Biomedical Sciences, and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Beth is an AMI certified meditational therapist, and currently serves as Chair of the AMI Medical Education Committee.

Rosy Mann, BAMS

Rosy Mann, BMS holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India. She has practiced clinical Ayurveda for over 15 years specializing in women's health. She currently serves as a senior faculty member of Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and offers personal consults as well as workshops and programs as an Ayurvedic educator.

Jenness Cortez Perlmutter

Jenness Cortez Perlmutter has studied Yoga Science and practiced meditation since 1977. She is the co-founder and faculty member of The American Meditation Institute and a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She graduated from the Herron School of Art and the Art Students League, and is a world-reknowned artist presently concentrating on works of classical realism.


  • 10:00am-12:00pm     Registration, Olmsted Lobby
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm       Lunch, Mansion
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm         East Meets West Susan Lord MD 
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm         Exercise/BREAK
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm         Overview: Yoga Science Leonard Perlmutter
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm         Q&A/Discussion
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm         DINNER
  • 6:30am-7:30am           BREAKFAST
  • 8:00am-10:00am         Introduction to Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
  • 10:00am-10:30am       EXERCISE/BREAK
  • 10:30am-11:30am       Breath as Medicine Beth Netter,MD
  • 11:30am-12:30pm       Breathing Practices Leonard Perlmutter
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm         LUNCH
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm           Visualization/Desire
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm           Guided Breath Meditation
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm           Easy-Gentle Yoga I & II Leonard Perlmutter/Mary Holloway
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm           Q&A/Discussion
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm           DINNER
  • 7:30am-8:00am         Easy Gentle Yoga I Review Mary Holloway 
  • 8:00am-9:00am         BREAKFAST
  • 9:30am-10:00am       Guided Meditation
  • 10:00am-11:30am     Yoga Psychology Leonard Perlmutter
  • 11:30am-11:45am     BREAK
  • 11:45am-12:45pm     Intro to Ayurveda Leonard Perlmutter 
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm         LUNCH
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm         Ayurveda- The Science of Life Rosy Mann
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm         BREAK/Mantra Walk
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm         Food as Medicine Kathie Swift,MS, RDN, LDN 
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm         Q&A/Discussion
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm         DINNER
  • 7:30am-8:00am         Easy-Gentle Yoga II Review Mary Holloway
  • 8:00am-9:00am         BREAKFAST
  • 9:30am-10:00am       Guided Meditation
  • 10:00am-11:00am     Epigenomics/Allostatic Load Mark Pettus MD 
  • 11:00am-11:15am     Exercise/BREAK
  • 11:15am-12:15pm     Epigenomics continued Mark Pettus MD
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm       LUNCH
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm         Psychology of Chakras Leonard & Jenness Perlmutter
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm         Balancing Chakras Practice Leonard Perlmutter 
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm         Exercise/BREAK
  • 4:15pm-4:45pm         Alternate Nostril/Chakra Bija/Guided Meditation
  • 4:45pm-5:15pm         Q&A/Discussion
  • Free Evening

    BONUS CLASS:          Yoga Nidra (Non CME) – Advanced Mind/Body Healing
    7:30pm-9:00pm         Yoga’s healing energy with breath and guided imagery
      • 6:30am-7:30am         Easy Gentle Yoga I & II Mary Holloway
      • 7:30am-8:30am         BREAKFAST
      • 9:00am-9:30am         Alternate Nostril/ Guided Meditation
      • 9:30am-10:30am       Ayurveda- Diagnostic Application Rosy Mann
      • 10:30am-10:45am     BREAK
      • 10:45am-12:15pm     Contemplation and Prayer Leonard Perlmutter 
      • 12:15pm-12:30pm     BREAK
      • 12:30pm-1:30pm       Closing Questions/Expert Panel with All Speakers


ATTIRE:  Please wear comfortable clothing throughout the day, especially around the waist. Yoga mats are not necessary.


Payment may be made by check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). If paying by check, please make check payable to American Meditation Institute and mail to American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Road, Averill Park NY 12018 with a copy of the completed registration form. If paying with credit card, you can register online or by calling the Institute (518) 674-8714. A confirmation letter will be mailed to the address listed on the registration form upon receipt.

** All registration fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the retreat, as well as FREE copies of “The Heart and Science of Yoga™”, “The Physiology/Anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga” and a 17 minute guided meditation CD.
  • Physicians
    $1,795 On or before October 27, 2014 / $1,995 After October 27, 2014
  • Residents/Fellows/PAs/NPs/ Psychologists
    $1,595 On or before October 27, 2014 / $1,795 After October 27, 2014
  • RNs and Guests of Registered Attendees**
    $1,000 On or before October 27, 2014 / $1,200 After October 27, 2014
**Including employees, spouse or partner.


No refund will be granted unless a written notice of cancellation is received on or before October 27, 2014.  No refunds will be given after this date.  A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds.


All room reservations must be made by contacting the Cranwell Resort directly at (800) 272-6935. When making your reservation, please mention the American Meditation Institute to receive a reduced room rate of $175 per night (this price rate is guaranteed until October 8). Directions to the Cranwell (55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA) are available on the Cranwell website:


If you have any disabilities, dietary restrictions or other special requests, please contact AMI at (518) 674-8714 by October 30th to discuss your needs.

Registration for this retreat is required and space is limited — For more information or to register by phone, call (518) 674-8714. 




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"Wonderful program.  I would highly recommend this to colleagues.  The teachings and practices we learned are a genuine gift, and will undoubtedly impact my own efforts at self-care and then ripple out to loved ones and all relationships."

FROM 2013

"Superb conference.  It brought me important mind, body, inner wisdom awareness.  It is the beginning of a new beginning.  Each EXPERT PRESENTER in Yoga Science did a marvelous job in helping us understand the meaning of this art by being living examples.  I hope to continue this journey.  With many thanks!!"

FROM 2013

"Excellent.  Very beneficial for my practice and for me personally (my individual evolution)."  

FROM 2012

"Excellent!!  Probably the most important infomation I've ever received for improving overall health."

FROM 2012

 "Excellent program; good combination of intellectual knowledge, philosophy and practical teaching for both personal and professional development."

FROM 2012
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