Rudolph Ballentine, MD Joins American Meditation Institute Faculty for the Fifth Annual CME Course on Meditation and Yoga as Mind/Body Medicine for Physicians

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Holistic medicine pioneer Rudolph Ballentine will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 26 credit hour mind/body medicine CME course on meditation and yoga for physicians and other health care professionals, November 6-10, 2013 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled "American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive physician training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education.

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Holistic medicine pioneer Rudolph Ballentine will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 26 credit hour mind/body medicine CME course on meditation and yoga for physicians and other health care professionals, November 6-10, 2013 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled "American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive physician training is accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Now in its fifth year of providing physicians continuing medical education credits, the American Meditation Institute’s comprehensive training in holistic mind/body medicine course will present an in-depth study of the historical, philosophical and scientific nature of meditation and yoga as taught in both the East and West. Practical skills will be taught to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals that can positively enhance the making of health-affirming lifestyle choices.

Rudolph Ballentine, MD is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine with specialty training in psychiatry, and a pioneer of the holistic health movement. He established the Centers for Holistic Medicine and served as its director for 25 years––offering an integrative approach to treatment using psychotherapy, meditation, homeopathy, Ayurveda and yoga. Dr. Ballentine served as president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. He has authored numerous acclaimed books including "Diet and Nutrition," "Radical Healing" and "Science of Breath."

During AMI's five day mind/body medicine course, Dr. Ballentine will present two lectures entitled, "The Yoga of Eating" and "Understanding the Psychology of the Chakra System to Help Redefine the Practice Model." His lectures will draw on more than 40 years of study, medical practice, and research to explain a comprehensive, practical system of dynamic healing that can help patients expand their self-awareness on all levels, and guide them toward a restoration of health and wholeness.

As part of AMI’s “Yoga of Medicine” program, this retreat is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive and evidence-based education to physicians and other health care providers. This CME course will offer a broad curriculum of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine. Topics will include meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, mantra science, Yoga and chakra psychology, mind function optimization, Functional Medicine, Epigenomics, Ayurveda, easy-gentle yoga and lymph system detoxification.

The dedication, enthusiasm, and teaching methodology of the entire AMI faculty combine to create a dynamic and interactive course for their students. Each faculty member is committed to the advancement and training of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine. Presenters will also include faculty director Leonard Perlmutter, AMI founder, meditational therapist and award-winning author; Mark Pettus MD, Medical Director of Translational Education, Wellness and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems; Susan Lord MD, lecturer and holistic health consultant for Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; Beth Netter MD MT, Chief of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY; and Anita Burock-Stotts MD, board certified in Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine.

The National Institutes of Health report that approximately 38% of adults in the United States aged 18 and over, and nearly 12% of U.S. children 17 years and under use some form of complementary and alternative medicine. Significant among these therapies are deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga––all of which are offered in “The Heart and Science of Yoga” course. “We are grateful to the Albany Medical College for their continued dedication to the teaching of mind/body medicine for physicians,” Perlmutter said. “The content of this program will provide many benefits for the health and well being of physicians and their patients.” According to recent graduate, Joel M. Kremer, MD, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Albany, New York, “This teaching has been an enormous benefit in my personal and professional life. I have less stress, more focus, and am able to serve my patients with greater clarity. It becomes surprisingly easy now to recognize the many clinical situations in which patients with somatic manifestations of 'dis-ease' could greatly benefit from Yoga Science.”

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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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