SAVE THE DATE:  October 23 – 27, 2018
(10th Annual Physicians Conference)

Agenda to be announced in January 2018


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American Meditation Institute’s Yoga of Medicine Conference

9th Annual Conference:  Physicians • RNs • NPs • PAs 

The Heart and Science of Yoga®

Comprehensive Training in Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine

A Unique Curriculum Developed for 
Clinical and Personal Application, Relieving Physician Burnout and Building Resilience




AMI Meditation  •  Mantra Science  •  Diaphragmatic Breathing  •  Yoga Psychology  •  Mind Function Optimization
Chakra System  •  Easy-Gentle Yoga  •  Lymph System Detox  •  Yoga Nidra  •  Functional Medicine  •  Ayurvedic Medicine
Food as Medicine  •  Epigenomics  •  Trauma  •  PTSD  •  Resilience  •  Neuroplasticity   

Meditation Practices to Relieve Physician Burnout



Health stool


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:

  • 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
  • Elimination of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Enhanced happiness and optimism
  • Reduced cholesterol levels
  • Diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain
  • Weight loss
  • Increased breathing capacity



“A problem cannot be solved on the level at which it appears.

It must be solved on a higher level.”

Albert Einstein

Relieving Physician’s Burnout!

You became a doctor because you care about people.  You work hard and truly want to serve your patients and profession.  But as a physician, you are subject to many stressors:  over-work, cumbersome regulation, EMR and coding requirements, medical liability, on-call issues, lack of sleep, politics, and frustration with the reimbursement structure.

By practicing Yoga Science as mind/body medicine, you can transform stress into strength — improving your job satisfaction and work/life balance, while reducing burnout symptoms of anger, depression, anxiety and exhaustion.


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 and 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 and 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:
    What are the world’s greatest mantras?
    How to use thoughts and mantra in the healing process
    How the vibration of the mantra promotes health
  • Neuroplasticity as an effect of meditation
  • Two sets of Easy-Gentle Yoga stretches & exercises
  • Understanding the physiology/anatomy of Easy-Gentle Yoga
  • 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
  • Understanding the anatomy of your real being
  • How to help the mind function for optimal health
  • Managing thoughts, desires and emotions
  • How to experience freedom from fear
  • Optimizing the power of the present moment
  • Channeling the four primitive urges:  Food, Sex, Sleep and Self-Preservation
  • Yoga Nidra (conscious deep sleep):  Advanced mind/body healing
  • Psychology of the Chakra System as a diagnostic tool
  • Alleviating Trauma/PTSD and building Resilience
  • Tools for building and healing relationships
  • How to achieve work/life balance
  • Understanding Ayurveda as a science and diagnostic tool
  • Applying Epigenomics and lifestyle choices for health & wellness
  • How to keep a meditation practice going and 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, inflammation and physician burnout
  • 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 both Ayurveda and Epigenomics
  • Identify yogic practices to transform trauma and increase resilience
  • Recognize the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga (exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands, muscles and internal organs)
  • Help themselves and their patients reduce conditioned habits of negative thinking and other symptoms of burnout through the healing powers of mantra science
  • Utilize Food as Medicine (Diet, Nutrition, Functional Medicine) to maximize personal well being
  • Use Chakra Psychology (subtle emotional/mental cause of stress) to diagnose and treat dis-ease
  • Recognize how meditation changes the neural pathways of the brain



  • Susan Lord, MD:  East Meets West and Food as Medicine
  • Beth Netter, MD:  Breath as Medicine and Relieving Physician Burnout
  • Mark Pettus, MD:  Epigenomics/Inflamation/Allostatic Load
  • Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS:  Ayurveda: The Science of Life
  • Sara Lazar, PhD:  Neuroplasticity: The Effect of Meditation
  • Jesse Ritvo, MD:  Alleviating Trauma/PTSD while Building Resilience
  • Jenness Cortez Perlmutter:  Psychology of the Chakra System
  • Prashant Kaushik, MD:  Relieving Physician Burnout
  • Anthony Santilli, MD:  Relieving Physician Burnout
  • Gustavo Grodnitzky, PhD:  Meditation in Action



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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        Sara Lazar, PhD

        Sara is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a leading neuroscientist in...
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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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            Jesse Ritvo, MD

            Jesse graduated from Harvard College and received his medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Medical Program. Jesse is currently the assistant medical director of inpatient psychiatry at the University of Vermont...
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              Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS

              Jyothi holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) from the Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwar College of Ayurveda in Kuthpady, Karnataka, India. She is certified as a Physician’s Assistant and...
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                Prashant Kaushik, MD

                Prashant received Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery degrees from the All India Institute of Medical Services (AIIMS), New Delhi. He is a board-certified Rheumatologist in Albany NY, serves as interim Rheumatology...
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                  Anthony Santilli, MD

                  Tony received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, having completed his fellowship at Weill Cornell University and his post graduate training at Brown University. He is board-certified in Pulmonary...
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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 – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 2:00pm-3:00pm         East Meets West Susan Lord MD 
                      • 3:00pm-3:30pm         BREAK
                      • 3:30pm-4:30pm         Overview: Yoga Science Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 4:30pm-4:45pm         BREAK
                      • 4:45pm-5:45pm         Who Am I? Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 6:00pm-7:00pm         DINNER – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 8:00am-9:00am           BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 9:30am-10:30am         Introduction to AMI Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 10:30am-11:00am       YOGA EXERCISES/BREAK
                      • 11:00am-12:00pm       AMI Meditation Practice Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 12:15pm-1:30pm         LUNCH – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 2:00pm-2:30pm           Guided AMI Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 2:30pm-3:30pm           Breath as Medicine Beth Netter, MD
                      • 3:30pm-3:45pm           Mantra (Japa) Practice/BREAK
                      • 3:45pm-4:45pm           Breathing Practices Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 5:00pm-6:00pm           Yoga Nidra Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 6:00pm-6:30pm           Nadi Shodhana and Guided AMI Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 6:30pm-7:30pm           DINNER – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 7:00am-8:00am         BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 8:30am-9:00am         Guided AMI Meditation
                      • 9:00am-10:30am       Yoga Psychology Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 10:30am-11:00am     Guided Nadi Shodhana Practice/BREAK
                      • 11:00am-12:00pm     Trauma / PTSD and Resilience Jesse Ritvo, MD
                      • 12:15pm-1:15pm       LUNCH – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 1:45pm-2:00pm         Guided Breath Meditation/Mantra (Japa) Practice
                      • 2:00pm-3:00pm         Neuroplasticity: The Effect of Meditation Sara Lazar, PhD
                      • 3:15pm-5:15pm         Easy-Gentle Yoga I and II Leonard Perlmutter 
                      • 5:15pm-5:45pm        Guided AMI Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 5:45pm-6:45pm         DINNER – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 7:00pm-9:30pm         Bonus – Movie & Discussion: Peaceful Warrior
                      • 7:00am-7:30am         Easy-Gentle Yoga I Review Mary Holloway
                      • 7:30am-8:30am         BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 9:00am-9:30am        Guided AMI Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 9:30am-10:30am       Food as Medicine Susan Lord MD  
                      • 10:30am-10:45am     BREAK 
                      • 10:45am-11:45am     Meditation in Action Anthony Santilli MD
                        with panelists: Beth Netter MD, Prashant Kaushik MD, Leonard Perlmutter & Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD
                      • 12:00pm-1:00pm       LUNCH – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 1:30pm-2:30pm         Ayurveda: The Science of Life (Part I) Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS
                      • 2:30pm-2:45pm         Japa Practice/BREAK
                      • 2:45pm-3:45pm         Ayurveda: The Science of Life (Part II) Jyothi Bhatt, BAMS 
                      • 3:45pm-4:00pm         Guided Breath Meditation
                      • 4:00pm-5:30pm         Epigenomics/Inflammation Mark Pettus MD 
                      • Free Evening 
                      • 6:30am-7:00am         Easy-Gentle Yoga II Review Mary Holloway
                      • 7:00am-8:00am         BREAKFAST – Music Room, Mansion
                      • 8:30am-9:00am        Guided AMI Meditation Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 9:00am-10:30am       Chakra Psychology Leonard & Jenness Perlmutter 
                      • 10:30am-11:00am     BREAK / Paperwork / Hotel Checkout
                      • 11:00am-12:30pm     Contemplation and Prayer Leonard Perlmutter
                      • 12:30pm-1:30pm       Relieving Physician Burnout with Yoga Science Prashant Kaushik MD & Beth Netter MD
                      • 1:30pm-2:00pm         Guided Meditation and Closing
                      • 2:00pm                     BOX LUNCHES TO GO
                      ATTIRE:  Please wear comfortable clothing throughout the day, especially around the waist. Yoga mats are not necessary.

                      REGISTRATION INFORMATION

                      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.

                      FREE to all conference attendees!
                      Comprehensive Meditation & Easy-Gentle Yoga – Online Video Course

                      Leonard Perlmutter’s 5 1/2 hour online video course — the same core curriculum presented at AMI’s 2017 mind/body medicine conference at the Cranwell.  Attendees will also receive copies of The Heart and Science of Yoga®, Physiology of Yoga (with Clinical Studies) and a guided meditation CD.  A $341 value.
                      • Physicians
                      • Residents/Fellows/PAs/NPs
                      • RNs and Guests of Registered Attendees**
                      **Including employees, spouse or partner.

                      ** All registration fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the conference.


                      GOURMET VEGETARIAN CUISINE

                      During the conference, attendees will be served delicious gourmet vegetarian meals thoughtfully prepared by the Cranwell’s 4-Diamond rated chefs.  If you have any special needs or dietary restrictions, please contact AMI at (518) 674-8714 by October 9, 2017.

                      REFUND POLICY

                      No refund will be granted unless a written notice of cancellation is received on or before October 13, 2017.  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 9th to discuss your needs.

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


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                      100% of respondents of last year’s evaluation survey ranked this course
                      as “Above Average” or “Superior” to other CME courses.


                      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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