AAPI and Heartfulness Institute Host Five-Week Webinar on Meditation Practices

AAPI members in Kanha Shantivanam, near Hyderabad, India. Photo: courtesy AAPI

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in collaboration with the Heartfulness Institute hosted a five-week webinar, from March 20e to April 17e on Heartfulness meditation practices.

The webinars were guided by Kamlesh D. Patel (DAAJI), who is the Heartfulness Global Guide, and initiated by Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, AAPI President and Dr. Ravi Kolli, AAPI President-elect.

The Heartfulness Institute has hosted a series of wellness conferences that support AAPI physicians and provide continuing medical education credits.


AAPI members, Drs. Chandra Koneru, Murthy Gokula, Jayaram Thimmapuram and Kunal Desai, who have practiced heart-based meditation for decades, introduced and led the hundreds of AAPI members who participated in the webinars.

“The Covid pandemic has impacted all aspects of human life like never before,” Dr Gotimukula said in the press release, adding: “There has been a noticeable increase in burnout among health professionals”.

Dr. Ravi Koli noted that AAPI members have been helped by heart meditation to get through the pandemic. “It’s a great time to heal healers with a focus on wellness while we rejuvenate and relax,” said Dr. Ravi Kolli, who along with several AAPI members visited and experienced Heartfulness meditation at Kanha Shantivanam on the outskirts of Hyderabad. , at the Global Healthcare Summit hosted by AAPI in January this year.

The Heartfulness Institute is a non-profit organization established in 130 countries.

Dr. Chandra Koneru, an internal medicine professional, AAPI member and heartfulness trainer, said: “Our values ​​align with the mission of the American Association of Indian Physicians (AAPI) to facilitate and to enable Indian physicians to improve patient care and engage in research that makes distinctive contributions from India.

Topics covered in the webinars included an overview of the program – “Why Meditate? Health, happiness and harmony. Relaxation techniques, creating restorative and refreshing energies, methods of meditation, centering and finding inner stillness and contentment were shared during the webinars. Heartfulness meditation is supported by the ancient yogic technique of Pranahuti, which allows us to delve deeper into the heart right from the start, according to Dr. Koneru.

Dr. Murthy Gokula, a specialist in family medicine, geriatrics, and lifestyle medicine, discussed “Rejuvenation: Adding Lightness, Joy, and a Carefree Attitude to Life.”

Dr. Jayaram Thimmapuram, Internal Medicine, spoke on “Inner Connect and Good Sleep and Cultivate Meditative Mind, Heartful Living” in two separate sessions.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Kunal Desai shared “Tips for a deeper meditation experience.”

Dr. Ranga Reddy, Past President of AAPI, said this is the first time AAPI has collaborated with the Heartfulness program. “I hope AAPI will continue this collaboration to bring harmony and happiness to doctors, patients and the public to create a healthy and peaceful society for the greater good.”

“I’ve always been a fan of meditation, so it was heartening to find out that it could be a continuing medical education activity. The hands-on meditation sessions taught the techniques in real time and supported them with scientific, informative, book club-style didactics. Said the participant, Dr. Rida Khan.

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