Our History


The American Meditation Institute in Averill Park, New York was founded in July, 1996, by Leonard Perlmutter and Jenness Cortez Perlmutter for the teaching and practice of authentic Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. In January, 1999, the Internal Revenue Service extended tax exempt status to the American Meditation Institute as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Located in the picturesque foothills of the Berkshire Mountains just 12 miles from Albany, AMI provides a peaceful, healthy setting to learn practical skills that enhance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Since 1996 the mind/body medicine teaching at AMI has reflected the best of the ancient Himalayan wisdom tradition and of all major meditation traditions.

The American Meditation Institute (AMI) is founded by Leonard Perlmutter and Jenness Cortez Perlmutter.

AMI begins offering its first six-week mind/body medicine course AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga®.

Transformation,” The Journal of Meditation as Mind/Body Medicine begins publication and AMI establishes its first Easy-Gentle Yoga class.

AMI launches Sundays in Saratoga meditation program in co-operation with The Center for Workforce Advancement, SUNY Empire State College. Sacred Journey (The Art of Living and Dying) course, a study of the ancient Katha Upanishad, commences.

The Chakras System and Human Anatomy is offered for the first time.

AMI inaugurates Yoga Psychology of the Bhagavad GitaHigh School Meditation and its weekend mind/body medicine retreat program.

Sunday Meditation and Satsang program inaugurated.

Kitchen Yoga: Food as Medicine workshop and Dinner & Movie Night established.

First mind/body lecture series in Naples, Florida.

AMI Speakers Bureau established.

AMI Publishers releases The Heart and Science of Yoga®: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear by AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter. The book received six national awards.

The New York State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association accredit AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga® course for continuing medical education.

The Albany Medical College and American Medical Association accredit AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga® course for physicians’ continuing medical education. The first CME conference for physicians and healthcare professionals is held at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Mind/body medicine pioneer Dr. Bernie Siegel joins the faculty of The American Meditation Institute.

AMI inaugurates computer distance learning for its Mind/Body Yoga Psychology course.

AMI expands its computer distance learning program to include the courses Sacred Journey (the study of the Katha Upanishad) and Best Choices (the study of the Yamas and Niyamas).

The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the American Psychological Association accredit AMI Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga® course for continuing education credit. The 5th Annual CME Conference was held at Cranwell Resort in November.

 AMI constructs a Buddhi Yoga Labyrinth on its grounds along with newly created woodland paths and seating areas. The labyrinth, woodland paths and seating areas are available for anyone who wishes to visit and experience the positive effects.

 AMI launches its online meditation video course, Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga. The complete course is 5 1/2 hours, broken down into 40 segments which are available 24/7 allowing the student to learn at their own pace and at times convenient for them.

The summer of 2015 marked the completion of a three-year project of extensive walking trails that wind through the hills and trees of AMI’s beautiful grounds.  Benches and sculpture were also added to the park-like setting, inviting those who visit to sit for contemplation, meditation and prayer.

 AMI’s online meditation video course, Comprehensive Meditation and Easy-Gentle Yoga, was granted Continuing Medical Education accreditation by the American Medical Association and the Albany Medical College. 

AMI held it’s 7th Annual Continuing Medical Education conference for physicians and other health care providers at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

 AMI celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary.  A special Thanks-Giving Dinner and Chamber Music Concert was held to commemorate the auspicious occasion.

 AMI Publishers released a new revised and expanded edition of The Heart and Science of Yoga®.  Entitled The Heart and Science of Yoga®, The American Meditation Institute’s Empowering Self-Care Program for A Happy, Healthy, Joyful Live, the new edition includes two new original chapters.

 AMI began a Facebook Live broadcast to provide seekers an opportunity to interact with Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev) in real-time on a variety of topics for 20 minutes each week.