CME Albany NY

CME Albany NY
6th Annual Physicians Retreat
November 5 - 9, 2014 • 30 CME Credits REGISTER

American Meditation Institute’s Yoga of Medicine Program
6th Annual Retreat: Physicians • RNs • NPs • PAs • Psychologists

The Heart and Science of Yoga™

Comprehensive Training in Holistic Mind/Body Medicine for Clinical and Personal Application


Meditation • Mantra • Breath • Mind Function Optimization • Lymph System Detox
Ayurveda & Alkaline Nutrition • Easy-Gentle Yoga (for joints, glands and internal organs)


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Herbert Benson, M.D. of the Harvard Medical School claims that maintaining good health is analogous to building a three-legged stool. The first leg is Self-Care. The second leg is Surgery & Medical Procedures. The third leg is Pharmaceuticals.

“Health and well-being, is balanced and optimal only when all three legs of the stool are in place.”

Herbert Benson, M.D. of the Harvard Medical School

Expand Your Clinical and Personal Competency
The NIH claims that more than 1 in 3 Americans now seek mind/body healing therapies to supplement their conventional care. As a physician or other health care provider, you can deepen your understanding of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine and its scientific foundation by attending this stimulating immersion course led by Leonard Perlmutter and a panel of other leading experts. Target Audience Health professionals who provide direct patient care or patient education in areas of self-management, lifestyle behaviors, and mind/body medicine are encouraged to attend. This includes, but is not limited to physicians (all fields), psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice workers, clergy, coaches, and integrative medicine practitioners. An Effective plan for YOU and your PATIENTS In support of the American Meditation Institute’s CME accreditation process (through the Albany Medical College), AMI conducted a retrospective case study of participants who completed Leonard Perlmutter’s Heart and Science of Yoga™ course. The findings included these positive, reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes:

Lowered blood pressure
Lowered heart rate
Reduced cholesterol levels
Diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain
Weight loss
Increased breathing capacity
Increased exercise capacity

Improved restorative sleep
Lowered heart rate
Improved energy levels
Increased creative capacity
Diminishment of migraine headaches
Significant reductions in stress and fear
Elimination of irritable bowel syndrome
Enhanced happiness and optimism


The Heart and Science of Yoga™ presents a comprehensive training in the world’s most effective holistic mind/body medicine and its scientific foundation. The program is designed to encourage active participant interaction by combining engaging lectures, practicums, panel discussion and Q&A. Although recent studies have demonstrated that 75% of health care costs associated with chronic diseases could be prevented or reversed by lifestyle changes, many clinicians do not offer themselves, or their patients, strategies that encourage meaningful change. This 30 hour CME course will provide easy-to-learn practices that work synergistically (within the intricate medium of the stress system) to reduce inflammation and allostatic load while working toward establishing homeostasis.




An educational body of knowledge for health & healing
History, philosophy & benefits of meditation
How to use the mind to make the best choices
How to access the “super-conscious” mind
Understanding pain as an agent for healing
The transformative power of sacrifice
Increasing energy, will power and creativity
The power of desire & attention
Creative actions rather than reactionary responses
Antidotes for worry, stress and depression

Systematic procedure for meditation
How to diminish distractions
Training one-pointed attention for creativity
The one-minute meditation
Using meditation skills throughout the day
Mantra Science: World’s greatest mantras and how to use thoughts and mantra in the healing process
How mantra vibrations promote health

Understanding the physiology/anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga
Two sets of Easy-Gentle Yoga stretches & exercises

The meaning of prana (life force)
How breathing irregularities foster dis-ease
Diaphragmatic breathing for pulmonary health
Complete (three-part) yogic breath
Yogic postures for healthy breathing
Alternate nostril breathing for energy & psychological balance

How the mind functions for optimal health
Managing thoughts, desires and emotions
How to experience freedom from fear
The power of the present moment
Channeling the four primitive urges:
Food, Sex, Sleep and Self-Preservation
Introduction to the Psychology of the Chakra System
Anatomy of your real being
Building and healing relationships

Redefining the practice model
Ayurveda: as a science & diagnostic tool
Epigenomics, Lifestyle choices
How to keep a meditation practice going & working for you
How to introduce these practices to your patients
Food as Medicine (Diet, Nutrition, Functional Medicine)



Demonstrate knowledge of how Yoga Science as mind/body medicine can help heal disease, manage addictive habits, alleviate stress and inflammation
Develop equanimity, discrimination, will power, creativity and energy through a daily practice of meditation and diaphragmatic breathing
Incorporate long-term strategies for healthy lifestyle choices using Yoga psychology
Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of Ayurveda, Epigenomics and Functional Medicine
Understand the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga (exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands and internal organs)
Help themselves and their patients reduce conditioned habits of negative thinking through the healing powers of mantra science
Utilize the Yoga of Eating (Diet and Nutrition) to maximize personal well being
Use Chakra Psychology (subtle emotional/mental cause of stress) to diagnose and treat dis-ease


Leonard and Jenness Perlmutter: Psychology of Chakras
Susan Lord, MD: East Meets West
Mark Pettus, MD: Epigenomics/Inflammation/Allostatic Load
Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN: Food as Medicine
Rosy Mann, BAMS: Ayurveda & Diagnostic Applications


Leonard Perlmutter

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...
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    Mark Pettus, MD

    Mark is a board-certified internist and nephrologist currently serving as Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical...
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      Susan B. Lord, MD

      Susan graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is in private practice in Great Barrington, MA focusing on prevention and treatment through mindful living and lifestyle changes....
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        Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

        Kathie Swift is a leading educator and practitioner in the field of integrative nutrition. She is author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health and...
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          Beth Netter, MD, MT

          Beth is an holistic physician and acupuncturist in Albany, NY. She graduated from the University at Buffalo’s School of Biomedical Sciences, and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham...
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            Rosy Mann, BAMS

            Rosy Mann, BMS holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India. She has practiced clinical Ayurveda for over 15 years specializing...
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              Jenness Cortez Perlmutter

              Jenness has studied Yoga Science and practiced meditation since 1977. She is the co-founder and faculty member of The American Meditation Institute and a direct disciple of Swami Rama of...
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                10:00am-12:00pm Registration, Olmsted Lobby
                12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch, Mansion
                2:00pm-3:30pm East Meets West Susan Lord MD
                3:30pm-4:00pm Exercise/BREAK
                4:00pm-5:30pm Overview: Yoga Science Leonard Perlmutter
                5:30pm-6:00pm Q&A/Discussion
                6:15pm-7:15pm DINNER

                6:30am-7:30am BREAKFAST
                8:00am-10:00am Introduction to Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                10:00am-10:30am EXERCISE/BREAK
                10:30am-11:30am Breath as Medicine Beth Netter,MD
                11:30am-12:30pm Breathing Practices Leonard Perlmutter
                12:30pm-1:30pm LUNCH
                2:00pm-3:00pm Visualization/Desire
                3:00pm-3:30pm Guided Breath Meditation
                3:30pm-5:30pm Easy-Gentle Yoga I & II Leonard Perlmutter/Mary Holloway
                5:30pm-6:00pm Q&A/Discussion
                6:15pm-7:15pm DINNER

                7:30am-8:00am Easy Gentle Yoga I Review Mary Holloway
                8:00am-9:00am BREAKFAST
                9:30am-10:00am Guided Meditation
                10:00am-11:30am Yoga Psychology Leonard Perlmutter
                11:30am-11:45am BREAK
                11:45am-12:45pm Intro to Ayurveda Leonard Perlmutter
                1:00pm-2:00pm LUNCH
                2:30pm-4:00pm Ayurveda- The Science of Life Rosy Mann
                4:00pm-4:30pm BREAK/Mantra Walk
                4:30pm-6:00pm Food as Medicine Kathie Swift,MS, RDN, LDN
                6:00pm-6:30pm Q&A/Discussion
                6:30pm-7:30pm DINNER

                7:30am-8:00am Easy-Gentle Yoga II Review Mary Holloway
                8:00am-9:00am BREAKFAST
                9:30am-10:00am Guided Meditation
                10:00am-11:00am Epigenomics/Allostatic Load Mark Pettus MD
                11:00am-11:15am Exercise/BREAK
                11:15am-12:15pm Epigenomics continued Mark Pettus MD
                12:30pm-1:30pm LUNCH
                2:00pm-3:30pm Psychology of Chakras Leonard & Jenness Perlmutter
                3:30pm-4:00pm Balancing Chakras Practice Leonard Perlmutter
                4:00pm-4:15pm Exercise/BREAK
                4:15pm-4:45pm Alternate Nostril/Chakra Bija/Guided Meditation
                4:45pm-5:15pm Q&A/Discussion
                Free Evening BONUS CLASS: Yoga Nidra (Non CME) – Advanced Mind/Body Healing 7:30pm-9:00pm Yoga’s healing energy with breath and guided imagery

                6:30am-7:30am Easy Gentle Yoga I & II Mary Holloway
                7:30am-8:30am BREAKFAST
                9:00am-9:30am Alternate Nostril/ Guided Meditation
                9:30am-10:30am Ayurveda- Diagnostic Application Rosy Mann
                10:30am-10:45am BREAK
                10:45am-12:15pm Contemplation and Prayer Leonard Perlmutter
                12:15pm-12:30pm BREAK
                12:30pm-1:30pm Closing Questions/Expert Panel with All Speakers

                ATTIRE: Please wear comfortable clothing throughout the day, especially around the waist. Yoga mats are not necessary.


                Payment may be made by check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). If paying by check, please make check payable to American Meditation Institute and mail to American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Road, Averill Park NY 12018 with a copy of the completed registration form. If paying with credit card, you can register online or by calling the Institute (518) 674-8714. A confirmation letter will be mailed to the address listed on the registration form upon receipt.

                ** All registration fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the retreat, as well as FREE copies of “The Heart and Science of Yoga™”, “The Physiology/Anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga” and a 17 minute guided meditation CD.
                • Physicians
                  $1,795 On or before October 7, 2014 / $1,995 After October 7, 2014
                • Residents/Fellows/PAs/NPs/ Psychologists
                  $1,595 On or before October 7, 2014 / $1,795 After October 7, 2014
                • RNs and Guests of Registered Attendees**
                  $1,000 On or before October 7, 2014 / $1,200 After October 7, 2014
                **Including employees, spouse or partner.

                REFUND POLICY

                No refund will be granted unless a written notice of cancellation is received on or before October 27, 2014. No refunds will be given after this date. A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds.


                All room reservations must be made by contacting the Cranwell Resort directly at (800) 272-6935. When making your reservation, please mention the American Meditation Institute to receive a reduced room rate of $175 per night (this price rate is guaranteed until October 8). Directions to the Cranwell (55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA) are available on the Cranwell website:

                SPECIAL NEEDS

                If you have any disabilities, dietary restrictions or other special requests, please contact AMI at (518) 674-8714 by October 30th to discuss your needs.

                Registration for this retreat is required and space is limited — For more information or to register by phone, call (518) 674-8714.

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                NURSING ACCREDITATION (30 Contact Hrs)

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                This was my second time attending. This conference has been the most influential factor in transforming my life and medical practice.  It should be a medical school requirement.
                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2016

                This course was an absolutely excellent experience––the very best conference I’ve ever attended.
                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2016

                This is the only CME course I’ve ever attended that reminds me that in order to be a better doctor I need to take care of myself.

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2015

                This course was excellent and life changing. The knowledge, expertise and compassion of the faculty introduced to me a practice and philosophy fundamentally different from the way allopathic medicine views the mind and body.

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2015

                “This was a fantastic course!  It was informative.  It had a great mix of theory, science and practical use/practice.  The spectrum of content was also balanced.  Some of the more scientific/study presentations gave me the opportunity to see how I can incorporate this work and information within my practice.”

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                From 2014

                “This course has been the best CME course I have ever attended.  It has given me a strong foundation, where I can help patients improve their lives with mindfulness.  For myself, I have learned a skill that is lifelong and so powerful.  I’m excited to use these skills for my greater good.”

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                From 2014

                “Life changing!  Everyone in every facet of life should experience this.  I’m so grateful for you and your institution and all involved for bringing truth to doctors with love and compassion.  This is a light the world needs to see.”

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                From 2014

                “My mind is open to a different way of seeing the world.  I am looking forward to implementing what I learned in my own life and imparting this new information and new perspective to my patients.”

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                From 2014

                “Overall, this course was excellent and life changing by introducing to me a practice and philosophy so fundamentally different from the way that allopathic medicine views the mind and body.  I am so grateful for this experience, and the knowledge, expertise and compassion given by all the faculty and staff of this program.  Thank you!”

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2014

                "Wonderful program.  I would highly recommend this to colleagues.  The teachings and practices we learned are a genuine gift, and will undoubtedly impact my own efforts at self-care and then ripple out to loved ones and all relationships."

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2013

                "Superb conference.  It brought me important mind, body, inner wisdom awareness.  It is the beginning of a new beginning.  Each EXPERT PRESENTER in Yoga Science did a marvelous job in helping us understand the meaning of this art by being living examples.  I hope to continue this journey.  With many thanks!!"

                PHYSICIAN ATTENDEE
                FROM 2013
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