The American Meditation Institute (AMI) in Averill Park, New York will host Leonard Perlmutter’s 14th annual “Heart and Science of Yoga” summer intensive retreat July 18-20, 2014.
This CME accredited course will offer an extensive curriculum of yoga science as mind/body medicine. Topics will include meditation, stress and pain management, breathing, easy-gentle yoga, Ayurveda, yoga psychology and nutrition. The weekend retreat is designed for first-time or experienced meditators, and offers 15 continuing medical education credits for physicians, nurses and psychologists.
Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev), AMI founder, noted educator and author of the award-winning book “The Heart and Science of Yoga: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness & Freedom from Fear” will teach all course components.
Perlmutter 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 can be voluntarily controlled.
This intensive “Heart and Science of Yoga” course presents a comprehensive training in the world’s most effective holistic mind/body medicine and explains its scientific foundation.
Noted physicians Dr. Oz (Mehmet Oz MD), Dean Ornish MD, Bernie Siegel MD and Larry Dossey MD have endorsed the curriculum being offered. The American Medical Association, American Nurses Association and the American Psychological Association provide medical accreditation credits for health care practitioners in attendance.
As part of AMI’s “Yoga of Medicine” program, this weekend intensive retreat will include the following areas of study: an easy meditation procedure; a systematic method for harnessing the power of the mind; breathing practices to enhance the immune system; an understanding of the creative benefits of mantra science; Ayurvedic health principles; easy-gentle yoga exercises for joints, glands and internal organs; and the benefits of contemplation and prayer.
Meditation is the unifying thread throughout Perlmutter’s lectures. The word meditation is related to the root word for medical or medicate. It implies a sense of attending to or paying attention to something. Meditation involves an inner attention that is concentrated, quiet and relaxed.
Perlmutter teaches attendees how to consciously let go of their habitual tendencies to think, analyze, solve problems, and dwell on events of the past or concerns for the future. Students learn to slow down their rapid succession of thoughts and feelings, and replace that mental activity with an inner awareness or mindfulness.
They learn how to witness and set aside stressful mental processes, such as worrying. Instead, they develop a valuable new skill that facilitates detachment, discrimination, willpower and creativity.
The stress, anxiety, speed and dissatisfaction associated with many aspects of our modern culture, has led individuals from all walks of life and religious traditions to practice meditation in order to reduce their physical, mental and emotional dis-ease.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, everyday lifestyle choices are responsible for 53 percent of all disease.
When asked why he is doing this, Perlmutter says, “Sound decisions concerning a beneficial diet, healthy nutrition, daily exercise, diaphragmatic breathing and lifestyle selection are all much easier to make when the mind is trained through meditation.”