Meditation Conference features Epigenetics, Lifestyle Choices


Internationally recognized physician-scientist-educator Robert Schneider, M.D., will be the keynote speaker at The American Meditation Institute’s 11th annual Heart and Science of Yoga® Conference for physicians and other health care providers, October 22-26, at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

This conference, providing comprehensive training accredited through the American Medical Association and American Nurses Association, is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve physician stress and burnout.

Nationally, physician burnout has reached crisis proportions. In a study conducted by the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic, researchers found that when compared to the general U.S. population, physicians: worked a median of 10 hours more per week; displayed higher rates of emotional exhaustion; and reported lower satisfaction with work-life balance.

Today’s health care system is driving dramatic increases in physician burnout. Physicians are called upon to deliver an optimal patient experience and provide the highest quality care, all while facing increasing productivity and documentation demands. These requirements often lead to anxiety, fatigue, burnout and depression.

Dr. Schneider is a leader in mind/body medicine and integrative medicine, and the author of Total Heart Health. He serves as Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa. In his lecture on “Epigenetics, Meditation and Lifestyle Choices,” Dr. Schneider will present recent clinical studies that explain how the practice of the “Heart and Science of Yoga” curriculum presented at this CME conference can positively impact how our genes may express themselves.

“The cutting edge of modern medicine is coming to the place where mind meets body; where mind meets DNA; where we have control over DNA; where we can control our genes from the inside out,” he said. “This development of modern medicine very much parallels the science of meditation and its description and technologies for developing the mind/body connection.”

The entire “Heart and Science of Yoga” CME curriculum is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers on Yoga Science as mind/body medicine. In addition to Epigenetics, topics will include current research on Yoga Science and the mind/body connection, a comprehensive overview and instruction on AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, mantra science, yoga psychology, resiliency, mind function optimization, food as medicine, Ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga, lymph system detoxification, the chakra system as a diagnostic tool, how to reimagine the modern medical culture, and practical ways to integrate Yoga Science into a medical provider’s personal and professional life.

According to AMI founder and conference director Leonard Perlmutter, “The interface of lifestyle, inflammation and allostatic load is where meaningful change can happen. The more consistently the therapeutic practices of mantra-based meditation and yoga are incorporated into the daily lives of physicians and patients, most symptoms of stress related burnout and chronic complex diseases can be diminished or eliminated.”

The American Meditation Institute is a 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 518.674.8714 for a mail or email subscription.

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