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Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD: Yoga Science Diminishes the Cultural Influences that Lead to Physician Burnout

Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 32-credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, gentle yoga and diaphragmatic breathing for physicians and other health care professionals.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive training being held October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts, is accredited by the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association, and is designed to help relieve physician stress and burnout.

Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD is a noted speaker, author, consultant , psychologist, and Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee. After […]

2018-09-18T11:18:29+00:00September 18th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Interview with CME Conference Speaker Mark Pettus, MD

I interact with a lot of physicians who I think confront unprecedented levels of stress in their lives for many reasons.  It’s easy for me to understand how challenging it is to be a physician navigating this landscape; trying to do the best you can with things beyond our control—health care reform, various regulatory issues are always coming down on providers. Any physician who is confronting challenge around joy and the capacity to thrive definitely needs to be aware of the AMI’s work.  In my experience, the AMI program is unique.  I’ve never seen anyone translate the philosophy and science […]

2018-09-05T14:27:44+00:00September 5th, 2018|Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Neuromuscular Therapist Lee Albert to Present at The American Meditation Institute’s 10th Annual CME Conference on Yoga for Pain Relief and Physician Burnout Prevention

Acclaimed neuromuscular therapist and gentle yoga instructor Lee Albert, NMT will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 32-credit hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, gentle yoga and diaphragmatic breathing for physicians and other health care professionals. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga” this conference, to be held October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts, is accredited by the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association, and is designed to help relieve physician stress and burnout.

Presenter Lee Albert NMT created, practices and teaches Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT)–a series of […]

2018-09-04T11:52:03+00:00September 4th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Physician Burnout CME Conference: Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will host its 10th annual comprehensive training in Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.  This 32 credit CME training, which is accredited by the American Medical Association, will provide a proven curriculum that transforms the energy of stress, and furnish each attendee a set of tools and resources necessary for relieving and preventing burnout.

In addition to their enormous professional responsibilities, increasing numbers of physicians today are debilitatingly burdened with overwork, extreme stress, anxiety, and even “compassion fatigue.”  According to the “2018 Medscape […]

2018-08-21T22:42:00+00:00August 21st, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Collegiality and a Sense of Community Provided at Yoga Science CME Conference to Help Physicians Relieve and Prevent Burnout

The American Meditation Institute has announced that AMI MEDITATION techniques for relieving and preventing common physician burnout symptoms will be taught in a supportive peer environment at the 10th annual mind/body medicine CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive, 32 credit CME training is accredited by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association.

The 2018 Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report states that 42% of physicians are less engaged with their medical staff and peers, and more easily irritated throughout the day. […]

2018-08-07T08:39:50+00:00August 7th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Top Five Myths About Meditation Debunked

Women’s Health magazine debunks the Top Five Myths about meditation.

  1. The goal of meditation is to eliminate thoughts.  Meditation is not about blocking out thoughts, it’s about what you do with thoughts when you become aware of them.
  2. You should always feel calm during and after meditation.  Do not judge your experience during the meditation, but rather by the cumulative benefits in everyday life.
  3. You have to meditate for a long time to feel benefits.  Even meditating for 1 minute can make a huge difference to stress levels.
  4. Meditation is just for people who are stressed.  Meditation is an effective antidote when  you are feeling […]
2018-07-27T10:36:16+00:00July 27th, 2018|News in Brief|

Leonard Perlmutter: Yoga Science Can Relieve and Prevent Physician Burnout and Enhance Work-Life Balance

According to Leonard Perlmutter, founder of The American Meditation Institute (AMI), the curriculum presented at AMI’s tenth annual CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts can help physicians relieve and prevent burnout, and establish a more rewarding work-life balance.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive 32 credit CME training is accredited through the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association.

A living link to the world’s oldest, continuous health and wisdom tradition, meditation master Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev) will present the core Yoga Science curriculum including AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing and […]

2018-07-24T18:50:06+00:00July 24th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Take Your Meditation Practice on Vacation

Air travel can be stressful.  The hurry-up-and-wait at an airport and trying to navigate the crowds and security can be exhausting and compromise your immune system.  To make your flight less stressful and more rewarding, AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter suggests the following:

  1. Listen to your mantra when you have no immediate responsibility to deal with.
  2. Pack nourishing home-cooked food to eat until you reach your destination.
  3. During a flight or while waiting for a connecting flight, do a few easy-gentle yoga stretches.
  4. Practice three rounds of alternate nostril breathing.  It will reduce anxiety, and increase your energy levels.
  5. Plan at […]
2018-07-16T13:38:59+00:00July 16th, 2018|News in Brief|

Jenness Cortez Perlmutter: Using the Chakra System as a Diagnostic Tool to Help Relieve and Prevent Physician Burnout

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) co-founder and internationally renowned artist Jenness Cortez Perlmutter will present a lecture on “The Ancient Chakra System as a Diagnostic Tool,” during the 10th annual mind/body medicine CME conference October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive 32 CME training, accredited by the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association, is designed to help prevent and relieve stress and burnout in physicians and other health care professionals.

Jenness Cortez Perlmutter is co-founder of The American Meditation Institute and editor of “Transformation”—the journal […]

2018-07-11T12:02:29+00:00July 11th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

The Antidote to “Super-Doctor Syndrome”

By Lorenz Iannarone MD
“Super Doctor Syndrome” refers to a common condition afflicting a large percentage of physicians and other healthcare providers. Left untreated, it is known to lead to burnout. Dr. Iannorone’s biographical essay provides a classic example.

Do you know how “Storm Chasers” in Oklahoma get pumped just by getting into their high-tech machines and going out in search of tornadoes? Or how big game hunters get a rush of adrenaline in seeking “the big kill?” Sometimes I wonder if I just sought out stress for the same rush. People tell me that I’m at my best in a stressful […]