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.”
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.
By Linda Lehrhaupt, PhD
Mindfulness meditation has been described in many ways in recent years, but I still find that one of the definitions by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is very helpful. He says that mindfulness is “paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally. He added in an interview on YouTube…“as if your life depended on it.”
Mindfulness takes place in the present moment.
There is much talk these days about the need to be in the present moment. Why? In fact, many people realize as they begin to practice mindfulness that they are rarely in the here and now. They notice how often they are lost in memories or in anticipation of the future. They are aware of becoming caught up in a way that hijacks their attention, making it more difficult to stay present.
“Why is this a problem?” people sometimes ask. “My memories are often wonderful, and I like to think about what is to come. Also, sometimes I have to think about the future. I have to plan.”
Which is all very true. At the same time, we often, and more often than we are aware, function on a kind of automatic pilot, skimming through life rather than diving deep. We tend to miss so much of our actual life because we tend to exhaust things quickly and look for the next activity to keep us occupied.
As people practice mindfulness, they notice they can ask themselves: “Am I aware where I am? Am I as engaged as I can be in what is right before me? Or am I swept along, feeling driven, or withdrawing because it all feels too much?”
Being able to even ask these questions has meant for many mindfulness practitioners the difference between connecting to themselves or feeling adrift in a storm of life.
Mindfulness is a capacity that can be trained and strengthened.
The practice of mindfulness can be compared to muscle-strengthening exercises. In much the same way that our muscles can weaken or atrophy when not exercised, our capacity for mindfulness can weaken or atrophy when we don’t make use of it. The core of mindfulness-based training programs is the systematic training of the muscle of mindfulness.
Mindfulness can be cultivated.
When we practice mindfulness, we tend the garden of our life, watering and caring for it. Everything nourishes this garden: the wonderful moments of our lives as well as the difficult ones. The difficult ones in particular— what one meditation teacher called the “compost of our lives” — can provide a rich source of nutrients as we learn to meet challenges with mindfulness.
In mindfulness training, we strengthen our capacity for nonjudgmental awareness.
One of the first things we notice as we practice mindfulness is how caught up we are in judgments, ideas, and opinions about things and our lives in general. As we continue to practice , we see that it is possible to set judging aside (at least some of the time) and experience elements of our lives in a less-filtered way, freer of tunnel vision. This may in turn create a richer and clearer understanding that we have a choice about things. Opting to exercise that choice becomes a conscious step toward mindful action, rather than a detour into wishful thinking, resignation, or impulsive behavior.
Mindfulness gives us access to our own wisdom, insight, and compassion.
If we reverse the syllables in the word insight, it reads as “sight in,” which means “sight within ourselves.” Mindfulness develops our capacity to look within. It gives us access to our own wisdom, insight, and compassion, the rich ground of our lives.
“As if your life depended on it.”
It might seem to be overly dramatic when Kabat- Zinn talks about practicing mindfulness “as if one’s life depended on it.” But in my experience as an MBSR teacher and in my own life, there have been countless times when people say that meditation practice “saved their life.” Sometimes, they mean it literally. Lost in the tumult of a difficult life situation, dark thoughts can cross their minds. In those situations, I have seen many people benefit both from skillful counseling from mental health professionals as well as training in mindfulness practice. They seem to support each other beautifully.
Mindfulness saving one’s life can also mean that people who were overwhelmed by stress can learn to make life choices in favor of taking care of themselves, physically and emotionally, reconnecting to their families, friends or loved ones. In the middle of dealing with chronic pain or other health crisis, people notice that there is more to life than their illness. Their life can expand to include things they have often turned away from (e.g. hobbies, sport activities, attending cultural events). They can acknowledge it is possible to live with rather than in spite of what is going on.
It is at times of almost “losing it,” that we realize how precious life is. For each person that may mean different things, but being able to hold such a gift with tenderness and deep love has given many a sense of joy and fulfillment. Coming home to the moment is to find the treasure that has been buried under the floor in our house for as long as we have lived there but always thought was somewhere else.
About the book:
Based on the book Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality. Copyright © 2017 by Linda Lehrhaupt and Petra Meibert. Printed with permission from New World Library — www.newworldlibrary.com.
About the author:
Linda Lehrhaupt, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches and one of Europe’s most senior MBSR teachers. Petra Meibert, Dipl. Psych., is a psychologist and one of Germany’s leading experts on MBSR, MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), and the applications of mindfulness in medicine and psychotherapy.
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.
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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