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My Healing Story
Ever since I was Little bubbly Amanda with bouncy blonde curls, I have presented myself to the external world as a "ray of sunshine." But it wasn't until just a few years ago that I actually felt like one, too.
My 20s were full of the chronic stress that climbing the ranks in the competitive media industry entailed (I worked as a magazine writer, then radio host, then TV reporter). That decade also contained plenty of the partying to cope with it. It got to the point where I was constantly 20-30 pounds overweight, and often felt anxiety so debilitating, that I would call in sick to work.
I knew I had to get healthy when I became pregnant. I had loved yoga for a couple years at that point, but I wanted to be my best for my son so it was time to get serious. Waddling up to my lead trainer to to accept my Yoga Teacher Training diploma at 8-months pregnant, it felt awesome to now have the tools for healthy living. But - as I found out when I was diagnosed with postpartum depression, then suffered 6 herniated spinal discs in a car accident - I had failed to dive deep in caring for my mental health.
The antidepressants made me feel numbed out, and group therapy was comforting but I didn't feel a lasting change. I did stumble upon a very helpful herb called Kratom, but that very suddenly became taboo and hard to find, landing me back at square one. With a background in journalism, I began researching all the scientifically proven methods of healing depression and managing chronic pain, and all roads kept leading me to meditation, and it's ancient sister-science, Ayurveda. I actually took a 4-week meditation course during Yoga Teacher Training, and really enjoyed it, so I started listening to Deepak Chopra's guided ones on YouTube and reading his books on Ayurvedic eating and healing practices.
3 years later, I look back and see how meditation not only helped me climb out of depression, but also my apparent self-loathing and anxiety! I now have the skill of regulating my own emotions. I live the right lifestyle for my "dosha" (there are three mind-body types called doshas in the "life science" of Ayurveda) that makes me feel grounded and balanced. I'm out of the media rat race and am now running my own socially-conscious business. My relationships are healthy. I'm manifesting my desires (I got a horse last year after 3 decades of dreaming of one!). I have even lost and have kept off 50 pounds...effortlessly!
No pill could heal the years of trauma, self-destructive behavior, negative attitudes and stress that had rooted itself within me. It truly took an "inside, out" approach with meditation and Ayurvedic living to finally feel at home in myself.
It is my intention that you have an even more powerful result with The Dharana Method® online courses and live experiences. Perhaps you'd even want to share healing with others, by becoming certified in what I do.
Welcome, dear friend.
My Official Bio
- Fmr TV reporter
- TV/Radio Host, Spokesperson, Model
- Keynote Speaker (Mindfulness, Meditation, Emotional Wellness, Green Living)
- Athleta Ambassador
- Vedic / Mantra meditation teacher who studied under Dr. Deepak Chopra, Roger Gabriel, Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley), Dr. Shiela Patel, Yogi Shambhavi, and other amazing teachers.
- Yoga Teacher: E-RYT 200-HR, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
- Founder, Meditation Teacher Trainer and Public Educator at The Dharana Method
- Founder of Yoga with the Sharks at the Living Planet Aquarium, raising awareness for sharks and marine life while promoting mental and physical wellbeing.
- Adjunct instructor of Meditation Theory & Practice, and Yoga Teacher Training, at Salt Lake Community College
- Approved Training Provider of the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists
- Social & environmental change advocate: Environmentalism, universal income, equality for all, animal welfare
Amanda B. Jones turned her struggle with anxiety, depression and a back injury into a life of peace and freedom with meditation, Ayurvedic living and minimalism. Amanda has seen these simple methods lead to remarkable transformation, not just in her own life, but also those of clients and audiences throughout the world. A passionate student of the Vedic tradition (from whence yoga, meditation & Ayurveda came), Amanda founded The Dharana Method of meditation, which includes her 12-week Certified Meditation Teacher training, in an effort to empower others to change their lives and share mindful living with others. As a person who puts empathy and inclusion first, Amanda has dedicated her life to spreading the Mindful Lifestyle message to people of all body types, ages, conditions, skill-levels and backgrounds.
A former TV reporter who spent a decade as a journalist, Amanda left to pursue studies in ancient healing practices after she had a child. These studies lead to her becoming an adjunct professor of Meditation Theory & Practice, and Yoga Teacher Trainer, at Salt Lake Community College. Also, Amanda has become an Approved Training Provider with the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists, and a certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Along the way, she founded a series of fundraising events at The Living Planet Aquarium, including Yoga with the Sharks and Rainforest Yoga, which captured the hearts of the media and the public. When Amanda is not studying, speaking, teaching or freelancing as a TV, host she enjoys bonding with her horse on trail rides, cuddling with her two dogs and young son, enjoying the Arts and traveling with her husband, Chris.