The Heart and Science of Yoga

The Heart and Science of Yoga®

The American Meditation Institute’s
Empowering Self-Care Program for a Happy, Healthy, Joyful Life

by Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev)
with Jenness Cortez Perlmutter

2nd Edition – Revised and Expanded

IN THIS REVISED AND EXPANDED, encyclopedic introduction to Yoga Science, The American Meditation Institute founder, Leonard Perlmutter, shares his extraordinary knowledge of the world’s oldest and most practical mind/body medicine. As one of the West’s foremost guides to understanding the nature of consciousness, Leonard gently leads you to a realization of the profound wisdom and power that you already possess. The Heart and Science of Yoga® The American Meditation Institute’s Empowering Self-Care Program for a Happy, Healthy, Joyful Life is both the record of a personal journey and a transformational teaching. In its pages you’ll find easy-to-learn meditations, prayers, teaching stories from the world’s great spiritual traditions, breathing practices, a user’s guide for the mind, techniques for accessing intuitive wisdom, an introduction to ancient Ayurvedic health principles and a holistic series of easy-gentle yoga exercises.

This expanded edition contains two new chapters of never before published material. A new introductory chapter details how the reader can change their perspective in order to change their experience. The second new chapter provides a comprehensive explanation of the “gunas,” internal weather patters that give rise to emotional lethargy, restless activity and equanimity. This new material teaches the reader how change the internal weather pattern to help them fulfill the purpose of life. In addition, the new paperback edition contains scores of new teaching illustrations that communicate challenging yogic concepts into easy-to-understand visual explanations. These illustrations include diaphragmatic breathing, vagus nerve stimulation and the Bridge of Yoga.

As modern medicine rediscovers and systematically documents the physical, mental and emotional benefits of Yoga, millions of Americans from all walks of life are incorporating the timeless practices of this ancient science into their lives. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time student, Leonard provides loving support and valuable insights to advance your understanding, deepen your practice and nurture your Self-transformation. Yoga Science promises that through the process of personal experimentation you too can access an inner reservoir of creativity to make every relationship rewarding––no matter what. The Heart and Science of Yoga® is the first, comprehensive Yoga Science curriculum accredited by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association for continuing medical education credit. This book is an empowering guide for the greatest adventure you will ever have––your personal journey to a happy, healthy, joyful life.

Contains the secret formula for happiness: D = E + W + C

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LEONARD PERLMUTTER is the founder and director of The American Meditation Institute in Averill Park, New York. Mr. Perlmutter is the author and editor of “Transformation,” the Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine. Over the past forty years, Leonard has served on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association in Calgary, Canada. He has studied in Rishikesh, India and is a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas––the man who, in laboratory conditions at the Menninger Institute, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system can be voluntarily controlled. These research demonstrations have been one of the major cornerstones of the mind/body movement. Mr. Perlmutter has presented informative workshops on the benefits of meditation and Yoga Science at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Albany Medical College, The New York Times forum on Yoga Science, the Commonwealth Club of California, the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, the Washington University Medical School, the University of Colorado Medical School and the West Point Association of Graduates. Since 2009, Leonard’s Heart and Science of Yoga® empowering self-care program has been certified for continuing medical education credit by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association. In 2014, Leonard’s 5 1/2 hour online video course, Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga, was released. It contains the core Heart and Science of Yoga® curriculum. Leonard lives and teaches in Averill Park, New York.


The Heart and Science of Yoga® was the recipient of six major awards during 2006 and 2007 including the Benjamin Franklin, ForeWord Magazine, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Awards and Nautilus Book Awards competitions in the following categories:

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