Leonard (Ram Lev) is the founder and director of The American Meditation Institute in Averill Park, New York, and the originator of National Conscience Month. Leonard is the author and editor of Transformation—The Journal of Yoga Science as Holistic Mind/Body Medicine, and over the past decades has served on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association. Leonard has studied in Rishikesh, India and is a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas—the man who, in laboratory conditions at the Menninger Institute, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system can be voluntarily controlled. These research demonstrations have been one of the major cornerstones of the modern mind/body movement.
Mr. Perlmutter has presented informative Yoga Science and meditation workshops at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Kaiser Permanente, The New York Times Forum on Yoga, the Commonwealth Club of California, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, the Washington University Medical School, the University of Colorado Medical School, the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Association of Graduates, the Albany Medical College, and Berkshire Medical Center. Since 2009, Leonard’s Heart and Science of Yoga® course curriculum has been certified by the Albany Medical College, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association for continuing medical education credit.