About Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev)

Founder and director of The American Meditation Institute, Leonard is the author of “Transformation,” The Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine and the award-winning book “The Heart and Science of Yoga® : A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear.” His AMI MEDITATION entry-level course has been accredited by the Albany Medical College, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and American Nurses Association to receive medical education credit. Leonard has been a student of Yoga Science since 1975 and a direct disciple of mind/body medicine pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

Ayurveda: The World’s Oldest Mind/Body Medicine

Ayurveda means “the science of life.” As the world’s oldest mind/body medicine, Ayurveda considers our individual human existence, health and dis-ease in holistic terms––inseparable from the intrinsic cosmic unity of consciousness, energy and matter. Therefore, in order to determine what makes an individual body healthy, the first practitioners of Ayurveda studied the laws and interrelatedness of the cosmos. And in order to understand the functioning of the universe, they examined the operations of the human body.

The Five Elements (Tattvas) and Human Body


Within the human body lie many cavities comprised of the ether element. For example, space exists in the […]

Transforming the Energy Within

You learned in grade school science class that energy can appear in either the potential or kinetic form. The electricity in the wiring of your home is available for any use you choose. When you turn a light switch to the “on” position, energy appears in the form of light. This is the kinetic state because the energy is being used or expended. However, when you turn the light switch to the “off” position, the energy remains in the potential state—ready to be used at the flick of a switch.

The inherent power of fear, anger and self-willed desire can also […]

Our Conscience Uncovers the Truth

To lie or not to lie. That is the question. The internal dialogue that takes place while we decide whether or not to serve the Truth usually sounds like this: “If I lie, the outcome I fear will probably just disappear. If I speak the Truth, the outcome I fear is going to cause me pain.”

That’s how most human beings struggle with the ego’s desire for short-term, limited gratification versus the long-term benefit offered by the conscience. It’s the age-old conversation between the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other.

But the simple Truth is that a lie […]

Do You Really Want Our Politicians To Tell The Truth?

Many voters are expressing their anger at elected officials who do not speak the Truth. From a yogic perspective, this sociological phenomenon is extremely interesting––especially since politicians have rarely, if ever, been standard-bearers of the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.

Since the dawn of civilization, politicians have worked to serve the consciousness (aspirations, concerns and judgments) of the people they represent. Is it possible that our current surge of anger toward politicians portends a genuine change in the consciousness of humanity? Could this desire for truthful politicians signify the dawning of a deep-seated intuitive wisdom that knows […]

The Power of Mantra: Quiet Mind –– Healthy Body

The mind is constantly moving. And that’s a very good thing. In order to ensure our self-preservation, the mind must investigate the objects of the world, entertain memories of what it believes has happened in the past and imagine what might possibly occur in the future. This incessant activity of the mind––that leads to action, consequence and experience––is both vital and rewarding. However, when the presence of our detachment, discrimination and will power is missing from its deliberations, the mind operates like a powerful storm that can wreak havoc in our lives.

If we want to quiet the mind and tap […]

Awaken! Yoga Science is Applied Quantum Mechanics

One of the most frustrating aspects of stress and illness is that we often feel we have no control over our circumstances. After we turn our wellness over to a physician we think, “If only I could do something myself that could bring me comfort, confidence, security, health and happiness.”

The good news is that even in the midst of the lows (and highs) of life, the practice of Yoga Science as applied quantum mechanics (the behavior of energy at subtle levels that affect the body) can provide an imperishable comfort and a brilliance of confidence that enable us to make […]

Self-Care: The Missing Link in Health-Care

A critical element is missing in the national debate on health-care reform. Politicians, medical experts and insurance executives struggle to formulate an affordable health-care system, but overlook the simplest, least expensive, yet most profound ingredient in the equation: Self-Care. The most effective way to reduce health-care costs is to reduce the demand for medical services. How? By acquainting people with attractive alternatives to old, unhealthy habits that create disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia report that the key factors influencing an individual’s state of health have not changed significantly over the past twenty years. Quality […]

You Need Higher Knowledge : To Make Sense of Lower Knowledge

Schools, colleges and universities claim to teach students all they need to know to succeed, but do they actually deliver on their promise? Do students automatically become successful simply because their diplomas and degrees enhance their ability to earn a livelihood? Based on your own personal experience, how do you define success? Do you believe that an education can fully prepare individuals if it does not teach them how to govern themselves, peacefully and creatively when dealing with all their thoughts, desires, emotions and the endless charms and attractions the world has to offer? Remember Krishna’s warning in the Bhagavad […]

The Yoga of Eating

Where there is food, a mouth will appear, and where there is a mouth, food will appear. Everything is somebody’s lunch.

Sound horrific––like the bad storyline from a grade B movie? As unappetizing as this idea might seem, it is in fact a very real and amazingly efficient phenomenon. Every life form on Earth survives and flourishes by consuming another portion of the world and making that food part of itself. Consider the corn plant that consumes the Earth’s water and minerals and the sun’s energy. When the corn is harvested and processed into corn flakes, the cereal is eaten by […]

The Yoga of Controlling the Weather

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The weather can definitely color the way you view the world. On a bright, sunny day you might feel optimistic; ready to handle any challenge. When an unexpected thunderstorm causes the cancellation of your golf or tennis game, you can easily become perturbed. In the cold, dark days of winter when the sky remains a constant shade of gray, you may become despondent.

But the weather reported on the evening news isn’t the only form of meteorology you have to deal with every day. In fact, there are more subtle and complex […]

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