Our History

 

The American Meditation Institute in Averill Park, New York was founded in July, 1996, by Leonard Perlmutter and Jenness Cortez Perlmutter for the teaching and practice of authentic Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. In January, 1999, the Internal Revenue Service extended tax exempt status to the American Meditation Institute as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Located in the picturesque foothills of the Berkshire Mountains just 12 miles from Albany, AMI provides a peaceful, healthy setting to learn practical skills that enhance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Since 1996 the mind/body medicine teaching at AMI has reflected the best of the ancient Himalayan wisdom tradition and of all major meditation traditions.

1996
The American Meditation Institute (AMI) is founded by Leonard Perlmutter and Jenness Cortez Perlmutter.

1996
AMI begins offering its first six-week mind/body medicine course AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga™.

1997
Tranformation,” The Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine begins publication and AMI establishes its first Easy-Gentle Yoga class.

1998
AMI launches Sundays in Saratoga meditation program in co-operation with The Center for Workforce Advancement, SUNY Empire State College. Sacred Journey (The Art of Living and Dying) course, a study of the ancient Katha Upanishad, commences.

1999
The Chakras System and Human Anatomy is offered for the first time.

2000
AMI inaugurates Yoga Psychology of the Bhagavad GitaHigh School Meditation and its weekend mind/body medicine retreat program.

2001
Sunday Meditation and Satsang program inaugurated.

2002
Kitchen Yoga: Food as Medicine workshop and Dinner & Movie Night established.

2003
First mind/body lecture series in Naples, Florida.

2004
AMI Speakers Bureau established.

2005
AMI Publishers releases The Heart and Science of Yoga™: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear by AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter. The book received six national awards.

2006
The New York State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association accredit AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga™ course for continuing medical education.

2009
The Albany Medical College and American Medical Association accredit AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga™ course for physicians’ continuing medical education. The first CME retreat for physicians and healthcare professionals is held at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.

2010
Mind/body medicine pioneer Dr. Bernie Siegel joins the faculty of The American Meditation Institute.

2010
AMI inaugurates computer distance learning for its Mind/Body Yoga Psychology course.

2012
AMI expands its computer distance learning program to include the courses Sacred Journey (the study of the Katha Upanishad) and Best Choices (the study of the Yamas and Niyamas).

2013
The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the American Psychological Association accredit AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga™ course for continuing education credit. The 5th Annual CME Retreat was held at Cranwell Resort in November.

2013
 AMI constructs a Buddhi Yoga Labyrinth on its grounds along with newly created woodland paths and seating areas. The labyrinth, woodland paths and seating areas are available for anyone who wishes to visit and experience the positive effects.

2014
 AMI launches its online meditation video course, Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga. The complete course is 5 1/2 hours, broken down into 40 segments which are available 24/7 allowing the student to learn at their own pace and at times convenient for them.

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