The Dharana Method© - Meditation for Everyone
What’s all this buzz about meditation?
You have around 80,000 thoughts every day. Detox them in a class that fits your schedule.
At The Dharana Method, certified meditation teachers demystify the ancient practice of meditation, making it practical for modern times, and for levels of experience.
“My mission is to give people the tools they need to finally feel at home in themselves,” says Amanda B. Jones, founder of The Dharana Method.
The Dharana Method’s lineup of free and low-cost meditation classes and programs utilize breathing techniques, walking, sound (like music or singing bowls), mantras and visualizations to help you disidentify with negative thoughts and learn to regulate your emotions. Meditators will cultivate: More confidence, compassion and non-reactivity. All this, on top of even more proven benefits of meditation.
Decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia
Getting body out the state of “fight or flight,” known to cause diseases including cancer, chronic fatigue and obesity
Greater memory, focus and creativity
Better sex and relationships
Release of the body’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins
Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
Lowered cholesterol levels
Reduced production of “stress hormones” including cortisol and adrenaline
More efficient oxygen use by the body
Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
Improved immune function
*Scroll to the end to read summaries of the studies behind these statements.
What is The Dharana Method?
The Dharana Method is the perfect blend of Buddhist, Vedic and science-based meditation. It gets its name and primary concept, dhāraṇā, from a book about holistic living called, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is thousands of years old yet inherently applicable to modern life. Within the 8 Limbs of Yoga outlined in this text, dhāraṇā is mentioned as the instruction for "single focus." During a struggle with depression and a back injury, the method's founder Amanda B. Jones realized that it was much easier to slip into the gap of expanded awareness when a focus is used in meditation. After just a few weeks utilizing this process of meditation, Amanda regained control over her emotions and developed a newfound sense of gratitude and purpose. Many hundreds of people have had the same success with The Dharana Method, and it is our intention that you will, too, which is why we are sharing this wisdom in the form of Meditation Studio Programs, Corporate Meditation, Meditation Coaching, and Certified Meditation Teacher Programs.
We are a match for your journey if you:
Feel like you're stuck in a rut
Get the sense life could be so much better
Get the feeling that stress, anxiety or depression are controlling your life
Crave EASE, abundance, emotional peace, better health, loving relationships, and LASTING success that reflects your life's purpose
Want to be in control of how you feel, physically and emotionally
Want to know who you really are
Yearn to grow spiritually
Desire to create clear intentions, and manifest them in your life
Want to heal past traumas; even the ones of which you're not aware
Desire to contribute to your family and community in a meaningful way
Want to share meditation by becoming a teacher, providing your employees with our corporate program, or offering meditation at your studio
I Personally Promise You, The Dharana Method© will transform your life.
From the article “Why Meditate?”
By Deepak Chopra, M.D.
A 2011 study published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal found that full-time workers who spent a few hours each week practicing mindfulness meditation reported a significant decrease in job stress, anxiety, and depressed mood.
A major study led by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that after only eight weeks of meditation, participants experienced beneficial growth in the brain areas associated with memory, learning, empathy, self-awareness, and stress regulation (the insula, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex). In addition, the meditators reported decreased feelings of anxiety and greater feelings of calm. This study adds to the expanding body of research about the brain’s amazing plasticity and ability to change habitual stress patterns.
Research conducted by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Center showed that teenagers and adults with ADHD who practiced various forms of meditation for just eight weeks improved their ability to concentrate on tasks, even when attempts were made to distract them.
A pivotal study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, found that participants who underwent a short, intensive meditation program were less depressed, anxious, and stressed, while also experiencing greater compassion and awareness of others’ feelings.
A study conducted by Wake Forest University School of Medicine found that participants who attended four 20-minute training sessions over the course of four days experienced a sharp reduction in their sensitivity to pain. In fact, the reduction in pain ratings was significantly greater than that found in similar studies involving placebo pills, morphine, and other painkilling drugs.
Inquiry. Insight. Healing. Expansion.
"This technique is more effective than therapy because it immediately and directly connects you to your true self. Thrilled I get to learn from trailblazers like Amanda."
-Em, Licensed therapist
"This method literally saved my life. I would not be here if it weren't for Amanda and her meditation style. Thank you again for being my angel. You are amazing; a blessing."
"I love the way my body and mind seem to harmonize when I implement technics that we have learned in meditation; it takes my experience to an entirely higher level of gratification. I’m so grateful for your meditation class and everything I have learned while taking it.
"I can breathe again, and my back feels better!"
"BEST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN. Hands down. Amanda, you are a gift to this world. An absolute light. I am beyond grateful and forever changed because of your class. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
"Your class changed my life!"
"Thank you, Amanda! This class really has changed my outlook on life and you've taught me some great lessons! I learned so many new things and tools that I will continue to use the rest of my life."