5 1/2 hours (40 segments)
Continuing Medical Education Credit
for Physicians is now available.
Physicians: $495 (11 CMEs)
FREE eBook – With the purchase of AMI’s new online meditation course you will receive a FREE eBook of Leonard’s award-winning The Heart and Science of Yoga®. This encyclopedic text, endorsed by medical pioneers Dr. Oz, Dean Ornish MD, Bernie Siegel MD and Larry Dossey MD, will greatly enhance your experience of the online course. The eBook is compatible with all major browsers, tablets and mobile devices.
Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev), AMI Founder
For thousands of years, human beings have practiced refined techniques of mental focusing designed to change the habitual conditioning of the mind. Central to many spiritual, philosophical and religious traditions, the practice of meditation, is considered a powerful means for enhancing health, happiness and spiritual fulfillment.
In recent decades, modern science has dramatically confirmed what meditators have long known through their personal experience—that meditation, practiced under the guidance of a competent teacher (representing a time-tested lineage) offers deep and lasting benefits for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Now, through the gift of modern technology, Leonard Perlmutter’s new online meditation course, Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga, brings to you his comprehensive training in the world’s oldest and most effective holistic mind/body medicine.
Acclaimed author, philosopher and founder of the American Meditation Institute, Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev), is a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas––the holistic medicine pioneer who, in laboratory conditions at the Menninger Institute, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system can be voluntarily controlled. According to Leonard, “The essence of what Swami Rama taught me, what I have practiced for 37 years, and the core curriculum that I teach today, are contained in this new online meditation course. Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga is an homage to my spiritual master and the 5,000 year old lineage of Yoga Science.”
In 2009, in support of the American Meditation Institute’s continuing medical education accreditation for physicians (through the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association), AMI conducted a retrospective case study of participants who completed the same curriculum offered in Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga.
The findings of this study were impressive. The tools and practices learned led to the following positive and reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes:
Now you too can experience these remarkable, life-affirming benefits. If you’re ready to undertake life’s greatest adventure, this detailed and easy-to-follow video instruction will teach you how to become healthy, creative and secure in every circumstance. Segments you can explore at your own pace will provide you a clear understanding of how to establish a meditation and easy-gentle yoga practice, and how to keep it going. Emphasizing clarity and practicality, this new online meditation course will empower you to embrace life’s ever-changing circumstances with a brilliance of confidence.
“Taking this course was life-changing for me. I was taught simple, practical tools that I use every day in every circumstance, in every relationship. I now lead a much happier, calmer, more fulfilling life because I have the skills to gently slow down the mind and make more discriminating choices before taking an action. Leonard Perlmutter is an exceptional teacher. Each of his lectures are peppered with humor and personal anecdotes, engaging and motivating his students in a unique way.”MH Holloway
“I began studying yoga 15 years ago in the ashrams of India only to discover that the most clear and easy to assimilate depiction of these ancient teachings was available to me right from the comforts of my own living room. This beautifully done video course is equally valuable for the beginner and seasoned yoga and meditation student. Leonard (Ram Lev) has a real gift for providing students with an easy to understand and practical approach to realizing our potential for peace and happiness. The techniques presented in this video empower the student with the confidence and know-how to make real changes in areas of their life that bring discomfort. For me, the results have been improved relationships, an increased sense of peace, and a stronger immune system. This video course is well worth the investment.”A Laskowitz
“For me, besides being perfectly convenient to my busy schedule, AMI’s new Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga online video course can be summed up in one word: CLARITY. By the end of the course I experienced a new clarity about who I really am. I came away with a much clearer knowledge of my purpose. And now I can more clearly identify and utilize a whole “toolbox” of strategies to help me act in the world based upon my own inner wisdom. It’s also reassuring to know that I can call Ram Lev (Leonard) at AMI to get my questions answered and that if I’m interested there are lots of other ways to continue to learn and practice.”Nadine Baumgarten
“I can full-heartedly say that the Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga video course takes enormous responsibility for the current liberating happiness, compassion, peace and Self realization I have in my life. As a beginner to meditation and Yoga Science, Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev)’s practical teaching style made it very simple and easy to understand this rather life-changing gift. With his video, I was able to learn at my own pace and because of this, I could better apply these skills successfully in every relationship of my day-to-day life. This course isn’t just some commitment you decide to sign up for during a time of pain or crisis and then forget about it after the pain subsides. If you are willing to give your attention, Ram Lev’s teaching will find a permanent home in your heart, and the messages you’ll hear, along with the lessons you’ll practice will unfold and unfold and unfold in your life. This teaching is not just a course. It’s the Truth. It’s medicine. It’s a healing. It’s Life.”Sandy Vo
“Finally, practical information on how to deal with the workings of my mind! This course is an owner’s manual for the mind and body. I experienced such freedom when I heard that “every thought is only a suggestion.” The course has allowed me to take control of my life––mentally, physically & spiritually. I’ve gone from the mindset of Woe to Warrior. If you’re looking for the answers to life’s big questions and emotionally challenging situations, this is where you need to start.”D Howe
These videos contain excerpts from Leonard’s online meditation course.
Who Am I? Part A (6:09) When we see Yoga as a metaphoric bridge, our meditation practice becomes a powerful tool to connect our inner wisdom with our outer actions. Using the “Bridge of Yoga” assures that our thoughts, words and deeds will bring about positive, creative, rewarding and life-affirming consequences.
Who Am I? Part B (4:54) The practice of Neti-Neti (Not this. Not this.) teaches us how to detach from the relative and ever-changing concepts stored in our unconscious habits, while it provides new opportunities to serve and to experience the absolute, unchanging Truth of who we truly are. Through this process of self-inquiry we can conclude with new certainty that, I have a body, but I am not the body. Neti-Neti. I have thoughts, but I am not the thoughts. Neti-Neti.
Who Am I? Part C (7:07) In deconstructing the “soul” through the study and practice of Yoga Science we learn that the first characteristic of the real “I” is called Sat. The real “I” is eternal; not dependent on anything else for its existence. The real “I” was never born and will never die. The real “I” is not subject to death, decay or decomposition.
Who Am I? Part D (5:57) The second characteristic of our essential nature is called Chit (consciousness and wisdom). The real “I” is pure consciousness (awareness) that has access to an intuitive library of wisdom known as the superconscious mind. When we can access intuitive, superconscious wisdom from within and make it the basis of our thoughts, words and actions, we are always led for our highest and greatest good. The third characteristic of our essential nature is called Ananda (bliss and fullness). The very nature of consciousness is fullness, bliss and happiness––even without an object. Whenever the mind can be focused in a one-pointed manner, we experience the bliss and fullness of Ananda. And human beings refer to this experience as love.
Who Am I? Part E (7:23) You are a citizen of two worlds (spirit and human). The Truth of subtle, transcendent spirit expresses itself in the manifest world through the human being’s three deepest, driving desires for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Who Am I? Part F (17:23) • Discrimination: Our thoughts are our greatest resource for experiencing happiness, health and security, but not every thought will lead us in a positive and rewarding direction. Only the discriminating faculty known as the buddhi (conscience or Holy Spirit) can reliably identify which thoughts to serve and which thoughts not to serve so that we may fulfill the purpose of our lives. • Mantra: The mantra is a compact prayer; a word or series of words usually containing the name of the Divine Reality (a.k.a. God). The mantra acts as our leader to help us steward the creative energy of our thoughts, desires, emotions and concepts. Every time we silently listen to the mantra it changes old, unconscious habits by providing us love, fearlessness and strength.
Who Am I? Part G (8:44) Choosing a Mantra Several mantras from the world’s great traditions will be repeated. As you listen, imagine that you are seated inside the cave of the heart, the mid-point between the two breasts. Choose a mantra that speaks to your heart and that feels uplifting and inspiring. With each repetition, the mantra will generate love, fearlessness and strength. Devote time to listening to the mantra and it will become your best friend and strongest support. The mantra is to be used as the exclusive object of your attention in seated, silent meditation and during the practice of japa (prayer without ceasing).
Rediscovering Our Roots (12:09) At the core of every spiritual and religious tradition––beyond the many layers of personality, history, doctrine, economics and culture––lies an eternal, unifying Truth. For instance, examine the essence of the ancient Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions and you will find Yoga, the unifying kernel of Truth that unites all belief systems.
Introduction to Meditation (6:55) It’s important to establish a time, place and proper posture for your meditation practice, and to understand how meditation provides a sort of “barometric reading” of how skillful your actions have been during the previous 24 hours.
Systematic Procedure for Meditation Part A (12:49) The complete systematic procedure includes the following components: 1. Preparing the Body 2. Prayers (helpful for the spiritually minded, agnostics and even atheists) 3. Easy-Gentle Yoga 4. Breathing Practices 5. Relaxation Survey of the Body 6. Establishing a Stable and Comfortable Meditation Seat in a Chair
Systematic Procedure for Meditation Part B (13:21) The final preparations for meditation: 1. Recommendations on Clothing and Eyeglasses 2. Following the Breath Along the Spine 3. Acknowledging the Eternal Witness in the Cave of the Heart 4. Pledge of Resolve (Sankalpa) 5. Dealing with Distractions 6. Witnessing the Breath 7. Listening to the Mantra and Following it into the Silence 8. Concluding the Meditation Practice
Survey of the Body (13:15) This relaxation practice is part of the systematic procedure for meditation. It teaches you how to methodically observe the spine, major organs, joints and glands in a therapeutic manner. When we give our unconditional love (attention) to the body a resulting relaxation response allows prana (energy) to be received for healing and nurturing.
A Guided Meditation (8:48) After the “Survey of the Body,” you will be guided through a sample mantra meditation that will cover the following: A. Where to meditate B. Pledge of Attention (Sankalpa––Determination, Resolve) C. How to listen to the mantra D. Dealing with distractions E. Concluding your meditation
Making Choices (6:30) If you accept bold promises from the culture or from your own senses, habits or ego without exercising your discrimination, you will not always receive what was promised. Such unexamined acceptance guarantees that relationships will suffer and that some consequences will be painful.
Meditation in Action (2:21) When we sit for silent meditation we gain the skills of detachment, discrimination and will power. The ability to employ these skills, known as “meditation in action,” enables us to increasingly base our thoughts, words and deeds on our own inner wisdom. In the process, relationships become beneficial and rewarding.
Diaphragmatic Breathing (8:43) A full and smooth diaphragmatic breath is composed of three distinct, yet seamlessly integrated phases of inhalation: abdominal, thoracic and clavicular. When all three phases of diaphragmatic breathing are integrated into one continuous motion, the breath becomes the flywheel for a healthy mind and body.
Breath Meditation (3:17) This “One Minute Breath Meditation” may be used as a preliminary centering exercise before seated meditation, as an occasional substitute for your seated meditation when time is short, or whenever you feel the need to focus and calm yourself during the day.
Alternate Nostril Breathing – Introduction (8:04) A brief overview of the relationship between the physical body and the subtler forces of the mind and energy lays the foundation for understanding the chakra system and the balancing of the male and female principles present in every human being.
Alternate Nostril Breathing Practice (11:07) A complete description of Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana). The practice is both centering and extremely energizing––a more effective pick-me-up than two cups of black coffee. It cultivates one-pointed attention, enhances memory, calms your nerves and oxygenates the blood.
The Three Selves (13:42) Yoga Science defines the human being as three separate selves: the mortal self, the semi-immortal self and the immortal Self. During this lifetime each human being has the necessary instrumentation (body, breath, senses, and a mind equipped with buddhi) to resolve the debilitating habit patterns (samskaras) of fear, anger and self-willed desire stored in the unconscious mind. By resolving these attachments the animal nature evolves, through the human, to unite with the Divine.
Functions of the Mind (13:29) Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, taught that all Yoga (happiness, health and security) begins with an understanding of and coordination of the functions of the mind. A disciplined and discriminating mind, therefore, can be our best friend and strongest ally in that endeavor, and conversely, a mind lacking in discipline and discrimination can be our most formidable adversary.
Ayurveda (13:08) Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine widely practiced in India for more than five thousand years. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda means “the science of life.” Ayur is life, and veda is knowledge or science. It is a complex science, yet its basic principles are easily employed in making everyday decisions about our health and well-being. The study of Ayurveda offers us a profound understanding of our bodies, personalities and relationships.
Ayurveda Body Types (9:12) Every form in the universe, including the human body, is comprised of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. To facilitate health and healing it is essential to understand the unique balance of these five elements that form your own body. There are three basic Ayurvedic body constitutions, or doshas, known as vata, pitta and kapha.
Easy Gentle Yoga Part I Introduction (1:56) Giving the body loving, your one-pointed attention as you move through these Easy-Gentle Yoga exercises will increase physical and mental flexibility, energy and wellbeing.
Easy-Gentle Yoga I A (11:08) Exercises 1 through 12: Always remember that ahimsa (non-injury, non-harming) is the highest principle of Yoga. By practicing ahimsa during Easy-Gentle Yoga, you will learn to honor the limitations of the body. Through continuous practice, those limitations will be diminished.
Easy-Gentle Yoga I B (13:55) Exercises 13 through 25
Easy-Gentle Yoga I C (5:03) Exercises 26 through 29
Easy-Gentle Yoga I D (5:43) Exercises 30 through 32
Easy-Gentle Yoga Part II Introduction (4:49) Because this sequence of exercises requires that we firmly support the upper body with the lower body in positions that require twisting and bending, we must always remember ahimsa (non-injury, non-harming). It is important to honor the body’s current threshold of pain––not disrespect it––and then slowly, gently retreat from that area of discomfort. The more consistently we practice, the more flexible the body will become.
Easy-Gentle Yoga II A (10:32) Exercise 1
Easy-Gentle Yoga II B (10:05) Exercises 2 through 4
Easy-Gentle Yoga II C (11:41) Exercises 5 through 7
Easy-Gentle Yoga – Floor Postures I (2:44) Cat and Cow, Kegel Exercise
Easy-Gentle Yoga – Floor Postures II (2:07) Swimming Exercise
Easy-Gentle Yoga Conclusion (2:12) Final recommendations on how to incorporate these exercises into your daily life.
Deepest Driving Desire (8:38) •What is your deepest driving desire? •What are the obstacles that inhibit the fulfillment of your desire? •What are the solutions that ensure the fulfillment of your desire? Understanding the two wings of Yoga: Abhyasa (continuous practice) and Vairagya (detachment, non-attachment)
Contemplation, Repentance and Prayer (11:10) These three practices will provide you a “pre-battle intelligence briefing” that prepares you to act skillfully and rewardingly in all relationships.
God Centered Prayer (4:59) As spiritual food for thought, we offer you this sample of a God-centered prayer. It can be helpful for the spiritually minded, agnostics and even atheists.
Closing Comments (6:12) A few final thoughts to inspire your meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga practice.
To enhance your understanding and practice, Leonard (Ram Lev) is available to provide you personal counseling by telephone. Drawing upon his 37 years of experience, Leonard will answer your questions and provide clarification on any aspect of your meditation and yoga practice. Each personal counseling session will teach you how to strengthen your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. Appointments are available in either a 30 or 60 minute session. Call (518) 674-8714 to schedule an appointment with Leonard.
$75. per half-hour / $125. per hour.
Tel. (518) 674-8714