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How Meditation Helps Democracy

According to Leonard Perlmutter, philosopher, author and founder of The American Meditation Institute (AMI), ”Any democracy without its citizens and politicians armed with the meditation tools of detachment, discrimination and self-discipline, will inevitably lead to discord, dissension and destruction.” Perlmutter claims that, “In the midst of the media’s daily drumbeat of political conflict, anger, fear and allegation, the nation’s educational systems need to urgently incorporate AMI?Meditation and its allied disciplines into every level of curriculum––from grade school to graduate school.”

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Speaking at a recent conference of Yoga scientists at The American Meditation Institute, Perlmutter explained, “The bitterness between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans in Washington is not the real cause of the problems Americans face today. The political malice is only a reflection of the violent emotional conflicts already raging in individual minds of the citizenry and their politicians. In order to change political character, conduct and consciousness, tactics are needed that work systematically–– from the inside out. AMI?Meditation is an engineering science. Meditation can transform the blinding power of angry, fearful and self-indulgent thoughts and emotions into potent, positive and creative energy that can heal the nation’s social, racial, political and economic angst.”

According to Perlmutter, the solution lies in recognizing that, “A daily meditation practice can provide the blueprint, resources and inspiration to explore beyond the boundaries of habitual thinking, feeling and unexamined reasoning. All the answers to the questions, ‘What is to be done and what is not to be done,’ are waiting for all Americans in the profound silence experienced in meditation. Unless people can consciously know and examine the silent space between thoughts, there will never be sufficient clarity of vision to resolve the nation’s most pressing problems.”

Then he concluded, “Meditation for every woman, man and child––regardless of their religious beliefs––is not simply a good idea, it’s a dire necessity. To begin meaningful change, the nation’s local and state boards of education as well as the boards of directors at every American college and university must begin to incorporate mandatory classes in meditation. When this occurs, all levels of educational institutions will not simply train people how to make a living, but how to live lives that reflect the wisdom, creativity, fairness, compassion and inclusive sense of community that can redefine what it means to be a human being in 21st century America.”

Leonard Perlmutter is the author of the award-winning book, “The Heart and Science of Yoga” and the mind/body medicine journal, “Transformation.” Leonard has presented courses at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Albany Medical College, the United States Military Academy at West Point and The New York Times Yoga Forum with Dean Ornish MD. From October 24-28, 2017, Leonard Perlmutter will head a faculty of eleven scholars at The American Meditation Institute’s 9th annual mind/body medicine CME conference at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled The Heart and Science of Yoga this comprehensive mind/body medicine training to prevent and relieve physician burnout is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education.

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April 29 Health & Happiness Conference Announced by American Meditation Institute

To promote health and wellbeing in an increasingly stressful world, The American Meditation Institute (AMI) in Averill Park, New York will host its first annual Health & Happiness Conference on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am – 4:00pm at the Hindu Cultural Center in Albany, New York. Led by internationally acclaimed mind/body medicine pioneer Bernie Siegel, MD and AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter, the conference will bring together a faculty of distinguished physicians and meditation researchers to present practical tools to enhance health, creativity, well-being, happiness and success.

“Coping with daily life—family, work, managing emotions—is incredibly challenging in today’s fast-paced, complex, stressful world,” said Leonard Perlmutter. “AMI’s Health & Happiness Conference will give participants from all walks of life practical ideas on how to transform stress and put proven techniques immediately into action to enhance their lives.”

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Participants have the opportunity to choose how they will spend the day. Beginner sessions will include Meditation 101, Breath as Medicine, Relieving Stress, and Food as Medicine. Advanced sessions will cover DNA is Not Destiny, Functions of the Mind, and Meditation & The Brain.

“The Health & Happiness Conference will offer something for everyone, no matter your experience level,” said Leonard Perlmutter. “By allow participants to customize their day, they will maximize their experience and emerge from the training inspired and ready to create a happier, healthier, more meaningful life.”

To nourish body and soul, participants will enjoy easy-gentle yoga and a delicious gourmet vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon, renowned keynote speaker Bernie Siegel will share his thoughts on The Healing Power of Love and Leonard Perlmutter will delve deep into the topic of “Using the Mind to Heal the Body.” A lively panel discussion will cap off the day’s events.

Feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and renewed, participants will emerge from the training ready to apply what they learned with these practical tools for healthy living:

  • An understanding of how Yoga Science as mind/body medicine can help heal disease, manage addictive habits, and alleviate inflammation, stress and burnout symptoms
  • The power to reduce negative thinking and other symptoms of stress and burnout through AMI meditation and mantra science
  • Access to contentment, discrimination, will power, creativity and energy through a daily practice of AMI Meditation and diaphragmatic breathing
  • How to incorporate long-term strategies for healthy lifestyle choices using Yoga Psychology
  • An understanding of the principles of Ayurveda and Epigenomics (DNA is not destiny!)
  • The ability to identity and employ yogic practices to enhance the immune system
  • The ability to recognize the physiological benefits of Easy-Gentle Yoga (exercises for lymph system detox, joints, glands, muscles and internal organs)
  • The ability to use Food as Medicine (Diet and Nutrition) to maximize personal well being
  • An understanding of how AMI Meditation and the practice of meditation-in-action can change the neural pathways in the brain

About the Speakers

Leonard Perlmutter, AMI?Founder “The Mind Can Heal the Body” and “Who am I?”
Leonard is a noted philosopher and author of The Heart and Science of Yoga®. He is a direct disciple of Swami Rama––who, in laboratory conditions, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system can be voluntarily controlled. Leonard has presented courses at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the U. S. Military Academy and The New York Times Yoga Forum with Dean Ornish MD.

Bernie Siegel, MD “The Healing Power of Love”
Bernie is an acclaimed mind/body medicine pioneer who has worked throughout his illustrious career to help patients heal. As an intuitive Yoga scientist and surgeon, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands as a beacon of clarity for today’s medical ethics and spiritual issues.

Beth Netter, MD, MT “Breath as Medicine” and Panel Discussion
Beth is a holistic physician and acupuncturist in Albany, NY. A graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Biomedical Sciences, she completed her residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Beth serves as Chair of AMI’s Department of Medical Education.

Mark Pettus, MD “Epigenomics/Inflammation/Allostatic Load” and Panel Discussion
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 School. Mark is the author of The Savvy Patient and It’s All in Your Head.

Susan Lord, MD “Food as Medicine” and Panel Discussion
Susan graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and is in private practice in Great Barrington, MA focusing on prevention and treatment through mindful living and lifestyle changes. She served as Director for the Food as Medicine program at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine 1996-2007.

Anthony Santilli, MD “Relieving Physician Burnout” and Panel Discussion
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 and Critical Care medicine and practices in Schenectady and Amsterdam NY.

Prashant Kaushik, MD Panel Discussion
Prashant received a Bachelors of Medicine & Surgery degree from the All India Institute of Medical Services. A?board-certified Rheumatologist, Prashant serves as Lead Rheumatologist at the Albany VA Medical Center, Associate Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Albany Medical College.

Sara Lazar, PhD “Neuroplasticity: The Effect of Meditation” and Panel Discussion
Sara is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Mass. General Hospital. A leading neuroscientist in the field, her team was the first to show how meditation and yoga influence brain structure and human behavior.

Mary Helen Holloway, AMI-MT “Meditation 101” and Panel Discussion
Mary is a graduate of Meditational Therapist Certification Program. Drawing upon an intuitive understanding of mind/body medicine, she currently teaches all levels of meditation courses, actively lectures to civic, medical and religious organizations, serves as Director of AMI’s Yoga of Medicine Program.

Jenness Cortez Perlmutter Panel Discussion
Jenness has studied Yoga Science and practiced meditation since 1977. She is the co-founder and faculty member of AMI and a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She graduated from the Herron School of Art, and is a world-renowned artist.

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Yoga Science and Meditation as Holistic Medicine Conference Announced

For the ninth consecutive year, the Albany Medical College and the American Medical Association have accredited The American Meditation Institute (AMI) to present its annual “Heart and Science of Yoga Mind/Body Medicine CME conference” for physicians and other health care professionals. This 30 CME credit retreat will be held October 24-28, 2017 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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This continuing medical education conference has been designed, in part, to offer a comprehensive curriculum of Yoga Science as Mind/Body Medicine to help relieve and prevent physician burnout. Topics will include meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, mantra science, yoga psychology, neuroplasticity, alleviating trauma and PTSD, resiliency, mind function optimization, food as medicine, Functional Medicine, Epigenomics, Ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga, lymph system detoxification and the chakra system as a diagnostic tool.

The dedication, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty will combine to create a dynamic and interactive course for all attending medical professionals. This year’s conference presenters will include Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, meditational therapist and award-winning author; Mark Pettus MD, Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems; Anthony Santilli MD, board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Prashant Kaushik MD, board-certified Rheumatologist; Sara Lazar PhD, neuroscientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor 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; Beth Netter MD MT, holistic physician and acupuncturist, Albany, NY; Jyothi Bhatt BAMS, Ayurvedic practitioner and faculty member of Kripalu School of Ayurveda and Physician’s Assistant at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Gustavo Grodnitzky PhD, Chair of the AMI Psychological Education Committee; and Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute.

Noted physicians Mehmet Oz MD, Dean Ornish MD, Bernie Siegel MD and Larry Dossey MD have endorsed Leonard Perlmutter’s treatise on Yoga Science, which serves as the core curriculum for this year’s CME conference.

AMI founder and faculty director Leonard Perlmutter noted, “Conference sponsor Neil Mitnick MD and The Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education deserve great recognition for making it possible to support the health and well being of physicians and their patients throughout our entire nation.”

About the American Meditation Institute
The American Meditation Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Yoga Science, meditation and its allied disciplines as mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. The American Meditation Institute offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs. AMI also publishes Transformation a bi-monthly journal of meditation as holistic mind/body medicine. Call 800.234.5115 for a mail or email subscription.

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Ayurveda Recommended for Physician Burnout

Dr. Jyothi Bhatt will lecture on the benefits of the ancient chakra system as a complementary diagnostic tool at the eighth annual mind/body medicine CME conference October 25-29, 2016 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this 30 credit hour training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Bhatt explains that, “the human digestive fire, known in Sanskrit as agni, represents the energy needed to maintain a homeostatic balance of both the mind and body. Burnout or stress occurs when agni is diminished–eventually resulting in fatigue. By regulating the fire element throughout the mind-body-sense complex through Ayurvedic principles of food and lifestyle choices, many burnout symptoms can be relieved and prevented.”

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Dr. Jyothi Bhatt holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) from the Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwar College of Ayurveda in Kuthpady, Karnataka, India. She is currently a Physician’s Assistant at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and a faculty member of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.

Through her two CME conference lectures Dr. Bhatt will explain how a basic understanding and practical application of Ayurveda can be used along side allopathic medicine in a complementary manner. According to Dr. Bhatt, “As a diagnostic tool, ancient Ayurvedic principles can reveal important physical, physiological, psychic and behavioral characteristics that lead to stress-induced burnout.”

“The Heart and Science of Yoga®” conference offers comprehensive training in the world’s most effective holistic mind/body medicine and its scientific foundation. With fewer than 75 physicians attending, the program is designed to encourage active participant interaction by combining engaging lectures, practicums, panel discussions 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. AMI’s CME conference will provide easy-to-learn practices that work synergistically (within the intricate medium of the stress system) to reduce inflammation, allostatic load and burnout while working toward establishing homeostasis.

The devotion, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty will combine to create a dynamic and interactive course for healthcare professionals. Each AMI faculty member is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. In addition to Dr. Bhatt’s lectures on Ayurveda, presenters include program director Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, meditational therapist and award-winning author; Mark Pettus MD, Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems; Anthony Santilli MD, board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Prashant Kaushik MD, board-certified Rheumatologist; Sara Lazar PhD, instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital; 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; Beth Netter MD MT, holistic physician and acupuncturist, Albany, NY; and Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, faculty member of The American Meditation Institute.

According to conference faculty director Leonard Perlmutter, “Most of the obstacles to health and well being reside in the mind. Meditators learn how to develop the tools that can change the software of the mind and therefore, the reality they experience. By incorporating the practices taught at this conference, physicians can sharpen the focus of their attention, enhance their creativity, and experience a sense of purpose and comfort to better serve themselves, their families, their patients and their medical practices.”

About the American Meditation Institute 
The American Meditation Institute (AMI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Yoga Science, meditation and its allied disciplines as mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. The American Meditation Institute offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs. AMI also publishes “Transformation,” a quarterly journal of meditation as holistic mind/body medicine. Call 518.674.8714 for a postal or email subscription.

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