American Meditation Institute’s Yoga of Medicine Conference

7th Annual Conference:  Physicians • RNs • NPs • PAs • Psychologists 

The Heart and Science of Yoga™

Comprehensive Training in Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine

A Unique Curriculum Developed for 
Clinical and Personal Application and Relieving Physician Burnout




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

How Meditation Practices Can Relieve Physician Burnout



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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



“A problem cannot be solved on the level at which it appears.

It must be solved on a higher level.”

Albert Einstein

Relieving Physician’s Burnout!

You became a doctor because you care about people.  You work hard and truly want to serve your patients and profession.  But as a physician, you are subject to many stressors:  over-work, cumbersome regulation, EMR and coding requirements, medical liability, on-call issues, lack of sleep, politics, and frustration with the reimbursement structure.

By practicing Yoga Science as mind/body medicine, you can transform stress into strength — improving your job satisfaction and work/life balance, while reducing burnout symptoms of anger, depression, anxiety and exhaustion.


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 and 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 and 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
  • Two sets of Easy-Gentle Yoga stretches & exercises
  • Understanding the physiology/anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga
  • 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
  • Psychology of the Chakra System as a diagnostic tool
  • Anatomy of your real being
  • Building and healing relationships
  • Redefining the practice model
  • Ayurveda:  As a science and diagnostic tool
  • Epigenomics, Lifestyle choices
  • How to keep a meditation practice going and 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, inflammation and physician burnout
  • 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 both Ayurveda and Epigenomics
  • Recognize the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga (exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands, muscles and internal organs)
  • Help themselves and their patients reduce conditioned habits of negative thinking and other symptoms of burnout through the healing powers of mantra science
  • Utilize Food as Medicine (Diet, Nutrition, Functional Medicine) to maximize personal well being
  • Use Chakra Psychology (subtle emotional/mental cause of stress) to diagnose and treat dis-ease



  • Jenness Cortez Perlmutter: Psychology of Chakras
  • Prashant Kaushik, MD: Relieving Physician Burnout
  • Anthony Santilli, MD: Relieving Physician Burnout
  • 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 receive 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 graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is in private practice in Great Barrington, MA focusing on prevention and treatment through mindful living and lifestyle changes. She served as Course Director for the Food as Medicine program at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine from 1996-2007.

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 AMI's Department of Medical Education.

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.

Anthony Santilli, MD

Anthony Santilli, MD, received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, having completed his fellowship at Weill Cornell University and his post graduate training at Brown University. He is board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine in Schenectady NY, and serves as a member of the AMI Medical Education Department.

Prashant Kaushik, MD

Prashant Kaushik, MD, received Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery degrees from the All India Institute of Medical Services (AIIMS), New Delhi. He is a board-certified Rheumatologist in Albany NY, serves as interim Rheumatology Program Director at the Albany Medical College and Stratton VA Hospital, and is a member of the AMI Medical Education Department.


  • 10:00am-12:00pm     Registration, Olmsted Lobby
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm       LUNCH – Music Rom, Mansion
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm         East Meets West Susan Lord MD 
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm         Exercise/BREAK
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm         Overview: Yoga Science Leonard Perlmutter
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm         Exercise/BREAK
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm         Who Am I? Leonard Perlmutter
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm         DINNER – Music Rom, Mansion
  • 8:00am-9:00am           BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
  • 9:30am-10:30am         Introduction to Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
  • 10:30am-11:00am       EXERCISE/BREAK
  • 11:00am-12:00pm       Meditation Practice Leonard Perlmutter
  • 12:15pm-1:30pm         LUNCH – Music Rom, Mansion
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm           Guided Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm           Breath as Medicine Beth Netter, MD
  • 3:30pm-3:45pm           Mantra (Japa) Practice
  • 3:45pm-4:45pm           Breathing Practices Leonard Perlmutter
  • 4:45pm-6:00pm           Free Time
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm           DINNER – Music Room, Mansion
  • 8:00am-9:00am         BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
  • 9:30am-10:00am       Guided Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
  • 10:00am-11:30am     Yoga Psychology Leonard Perlmutter
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm       LUNCH – Music Rom, Mansion
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm         Guided Breath Meditation/Mantra (Japa) Practice
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm         Easy Gentle Yoga I and II Leonard Perlmutter
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm         Mantra (Japa) Practice
  • 4:15pm-5:30pm         Yoga Nidra Leonard Perlmutter 
  • 5:45pm-6:45pm         DINNER – Music Room, Mansion
  • 7:00pm-9:30pm         Bonus – Movie & Discussion: Peaceful Warrior
  • 7:30am-8:00am         Easy-Gentle Yoga I Review Mary Holloway
  • 8:00am-9:00am         BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
  • 9:30am-10:30am       Intro to Ayurveda Leonard Perlmutter 
  • 10:30am-10:45am     Exercise/BREAK 
  • 10:45am-11:45am     Ayurveda:  The Science of Life Rosy Mann BAMS
  • 11:45am-12:00pm     Mantra (Japa) Practice
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm       Ayurveda:  Diagnostic Application Rosy Mann BAMS
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm         LUNCH – Music Rom, Mansion
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm         Guided Meditation
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm         Epigenomics/Inflammation, Part 1 Mark Pettus MD 
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm         Exercise/BREAK
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm         Epigenomics/Inflammation, Part II Mark Pettus MD 
  • Free Evening 
  • 7:00am-7:30am         Easy-Gentle Yoga II Review Mary Holloway
  • 7:30am-8:30am         BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
  • 9:00am-9:30am         Guided Meditation
  • 9:30am-11:00am       Chakra Psychology Leonard & Jenness Perlmutter 
  • 11:00am-11:30am     Exercise/BREAK
  • 11:30am-1:00pm       Contemplation and Prayer Leonard Perlmutter
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm         LUNCH – Music Rom, Mansion
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm         Food as Medicine Kathie Swift MS RDN LDN
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm         Exercise/BREAK
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm         Relieving Physician Burnout with Yoga Science Drs. Santilli, Kaushik & Netter 
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm         Guided Meditation and Closing
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.

FREE to all conference attendees!
Comprehensive Meditation & Easy-Gentle Yoga – Online Video Course

Leonard Perlmutter’s new 5 1/2 hour online video course — the same core curriculum presented at AMI’s 2015 mind/body medicine conference at the Cranwell.  Attendees will also receive copies of The Heart and Science of Yoga™, Physiology of Yoga (with Clinical Studies) and a guided meditation CD.  A $341 value.
  • Physicians
    $1,795 On or before October 19, 2015 / $1,995 After October 19, 2015
  • Residents/Fellows/PAs/NPs/ Psychologists
    $1,595 On or before October 19, 2015 / $1,795 After October 19, 2015
  • RNs and Guests of Registered Attendees**
    $1,000 On or before October 19, 2015 / $1,200 After October 19, 2015
**Including employees, spouse or partner.

** All registration fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the retreat.


During the conference, attendees will be served delicious gourmet vegetarian meals thoughtfully prepared by the Cranwell’s 4-Diamond rated chefs.  If you have any special needs or dietary restrictions, please contact AMI at (518) 674-8714 by October 17, 2015.


No refund will be granted unless a written notice of cancellation is received on or before October 23, 2015.  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 17th to discuss your needs.

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




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Over 95% of respondents of last year’s evaluation survey ranked this course
as “Above Average” or “Superior” to other CME courses.


“This was a fantastic course!  It was informative.  It had a great mix of theory, science and practical use/practice.  The spectrum of content was also balanced.  Some of the more scientific/study presentations gave me the opportunity to see how I can incorporate this work and information within my practice.”

From 2014

“This course has been the best CME course I have ever attended.  It has given me a strong foundation, where I can help patients improve their lives with mindfulness.  For myself, I have learned a skill that is lifelong and so powerful.  I’m excited to use these skills for my greater good.”

From 2014

“Life changing!  Everyone in every facet of life should experience this.  I’m so grateful for you and your institution and all involved for bringing truth to doctors with love and compassion.  This is a light the world needs to see.”

From 2014

“My mind is open to a different way of seeing the world.  I am looking forward to implementing what I learned in my own life and imparting this new information and new perspective to my patients.”

From 2014

“Overall, this course was excellent and life changing by introducing to me a practice and philosophy so fundamentally different from the way that allopathic medicine views the mind and body.  I am so grateful for this experience, and the knowledge, expertise and compassion given by all the faculty and staff of this program.  Thank you!”

FROM 2014

"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!!"

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