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PTSD Veterans Study

A recent study by the Department of Defense found that many vets are benefiting from meditation.  After 3 months of once-a-week therapy sessions for 90 minutes, researchers found that 61% of vets assigned to a meditation group had improved on a standard PTSD assessment, compared to 42% of those receiving exposure therapy and 32% who went to nutrition and exercise classes.

2019-01-23T16:29:21-05:00January 23rd, 2019|News in Brief|

American Meditation Institute to Host 11th Annual Physician CME Conference on Yoga Science and Meditation as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine

For the eleventh consecutive year, The American Meditation Institute (AMI) will present its annual “Heart and Science of Yoga Mind/Body Medicine CME conference” for physicians and other health care professionals. This 31 CME credit retreat will be held October 22-26, 2019 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Now in its 11th year, The Heart and Science of Yoga® is a leading-edge conference that presents practical and effective tools to help physicians reduce and prevent burnout, bring back the joy in medicine, achieve personal and professional fulfillment, and provide more compassionate and insightful care to […]

2019-01-23T16:22:58-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Burnout in the News, Press Release|

Kids Meditate More

Adults aren’t the only ones who are meditating more. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that the use of yoga and meditation among children aged 4 to 17 years is also on the rise. From 2012 to 2017, there was an increase in the use of hatha yoga (from 3.1 to 8.4%) and meditation (from 0.6 to 5.4%).

2018-12-31T10:48:43-05:00December 31st, 2018|News in Brief|

Meditation Goes Mainstream

It’s official! Meditation and yoga are the most popular alternative health approaches in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the number of Americans who meditate has tripled and hatha yoga is up 55%. Better availability of classes and apps is one obvious reason. Researchers also believe increased interest is due to escalating anxiety and stress in our modern culture.

2018-12-31T10:47:12-05:00December 31st, 2018|News in Brief|

American Meditation Institute Research Study on AMI Meditation for Physician Burnout Enters Second Year

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) announced today that it has entered the second year of a research study that examines the impact of a basic daily mantra-based AMI MEDITATION practice on the symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue and stress in healthcare providers. The second group of participants in this study will be among those who receive their training at AMI’s tenth annual “Heart and Science of Yoga” Mind/Body Medicine CME conference  October 23-27, 2018 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. The study received IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval through the Berkshire Medical Center in 2017. 

The principal investigator of the study […]

2018-10-16T12:35:18-04:00October 16th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

Meditation is Good for Business

Most of us have heard how meditation can enhance our personal life, but did you know that meditation is also good for business?  According to Forbes magazine, meditation can make you “exponentially more effective throughout your career.”  Here’s how:

  1. Increase focus and productivity:  You become less distracted when focusing on specific assignments, and achieve a higher rate of successful task completion.
  2. Elevate energy & memory capacity:  You find it easier to rest your busy mind and fall asleep, which contributes to higher energy levels during the day and an increased mental capacity.
  3. Better, easier decision-making:  You are able to quiet the mind and access […]
2018-10-03T15:42:43-04:00October 3rd, 2018|News in Brief|

Gender and Burnout

In a recent Medscape survey, 48% of female physicians reported burnout vs. 38% of their male peers.  The AMA also reports additional differences:

Coping: More than 50% of female physicians with burnout discuss it with family and friends, while only 39% of men do.  Men were more likely to cope with burnout by exercising (52%) compared with 47% of women.  Female physicians experiencing burnout were also more likely to:

Sleep: 46% vs. 38%

Eat junk food:  39% vs. 27%

Binge eat:  23% vs. 18%

Seek help:  31% vs. 24%

Both men and women rated their job as the greatest cause of depression.  Women ranked family and romantic relationships in second place, […]

2018-10-03T13:46:33-04:00October 3rd, 2018|News in Brief|

Do You Have a Toxic Boss?

Are you among the 75% of Americans who claim their “boss is the most stressful part of their workday”?  According to the Harvard Business Review, studies in American workplaces show that people with toxic employers are more likely to experience chronic stress, depression, and anxiety, all of which increase the risk of a lowered immune system, colds, strokes, and even heart attacks.  Of course finding a better job situation may be the optimal option, but not practical for many people.  If you can’t change your  job right now, meditation and gentle yoga can help you respond more creatively.  Remember, you […]

2018-10-03T13:38:58-04:00October 3rd, 2018|News in Brief|

American Meditation Institute CME Conference for Relieving Burnout Offers Physicians a Practical Application of Herbert Benson MD’s “Three-Legged Stool” Theory

According to The American Meditation Institute (AMI) founder Leonard Perlmutter, AMI MEDITATION practical self-care techniques that can relieve and prevent physician burnout will be taught 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 32 CME comprehensive training, accredited through the American Medical Association and Albany Medical College, is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve physician stress and burnout.

Herbert Benson, professor of mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute at Mass General Hospital, claims that maintaining […]

2018-10-02T09:57:28-04:00October 2nd, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|

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 […]

2018-09-18T11:18:29-04:00September 18th, 2018|Press Release, Relieve Burnout Symptoms|