According to Leonard Perlmutter, founder of The American Meditation Institute (AMI), the practices taught at AMI’s eleventh annual CME conference October 22-26, 2019 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts can help physicians and other healthcare providers relieve and prevent burnout, and establish a more rewarding work-life balance. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive 31 credit CME training is accredited through the American Medical Association and American Nurses 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, gentle yoga exercises, Yoga Psychology, Ayurveda, and a personalize mind/body self-care plan for each attendee. Perlmutter’s award-winning book and curriculum, “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” is a practical, modern interpretation of the ancient “Yoga Sutras” written by the Indian sage Patanjali circa 400 BC. Leonard has taught on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, the Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association and the College of Saint Rose. He is a disciple of holistic health pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Yoga scientist who, in laboratory conditions at the Menninger Institute, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system could be voluntarily controlled. Leonard has presented Yoga Science courses at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Kaiser-Permanente, “The New York Times” Yoga Forum, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Leonard Perlmutter’s 42 years of personal study and teaching have prepared him to provide medical professionals a complete set of tools to relieve physician burnout, reduce pain, boost the immune system, heal relationships, enhance problem solving abilities, and help to them experience greater life-work balance. In 2008, AMI conducted a retrospective case study of participants who had completed Leonard Perlmutter’s foundation course on Yoga Science. The findings included these positive, life-enhancing, health-promoting changes: significant reductions in stress and fear, decreased anxiety and depression, lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, improved restorative sleep, improved energy levels, increased creative capacity, diminishment of migraine headaches, reduction of irritable bowel syndrome, enhanced happiness and optimism, reduced cholesterol levels, diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain, weight loss and increased breathing capacity.
According to program director Leonard Perlmutter, “The more physicians incorporate the therapeutic practices of Yoga Science and the allied disciplines of AMI Meditation into their daily lives, homeostatic balance can be restored, and most symptoms of stress-related burnout and chronic complex diseases can be diminished or eliminated.”
The dedication, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty create a dynamic and interactive course for their students. Each faculty member is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. In addition to AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter other presenters include: Robert Schneider MD, Robert Schneider MD, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University; Anthony Santilli MD, board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Susan Lord MD, a private practice holistic physician focusing on prevention and treatment, and former course director for the The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s “Food As Medicine” program in Washington, DC; Jesse Ritvo MD, Assistant Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry, University of Vermont Health Center; Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote, MD, Medical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center; Joshua Zamer, MD, Medical Director for Addiction Medicine at Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice; Anita Burock-Stotts, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Kristin Kaelber MD, PhD, board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Janine Pardo MD, board certified in Internal Medicine; Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee; Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute, and Lee Albert, NMT, acclaimed neuromuscular therapist and gentle yoga instructor.
Noted physicians Dean Ornish Bernie Siegel, Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz), and Larry Dossey have endorsed Mr. Perlmutter’s “Heart and Science of Yoga” treatise, which serves as the primary curriculum for this conference. Emergency Medicine physician and previous attendee Negean Afifi, DO shares, “This is a wonderful conference! Anyone who has an open mind will benefit from this new, yet ancient, refreshing way to look at life. If we shift our perspective, we can transform draining experiences at work and home into teaching points for our own spirituality and growth.”