Amanda Jones is a strong believer that yoga and meditation can help people.
Jones is in her second semester as an adjunct yoga instructor at Salt Lake Community College. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for the past six years, in addition to her duties as a mom and local TV personality.
“I have a lot on my plate, but I feel kind of peaceful about it because of yoga and meditation,” she says. “Living a life of mindfulness has helped me get out of depression.”
According to Jones, these activities do more than just alleviate stress.
“Studies have proven meditation’s effect to improve focus, memory, and even grow parts of your brain,” she says. “Yoga also accomplishes this, as it incorporates meditative practices.”
As an SLCC alum, Jones understands the challenges that students face every single day. She looks to use yoga and meditation to help others — specifically those who suffer from severe stress, anxiety or depression.
“People who survive those things are the strongest people in the world. The mind is a very powerful thing and it becomes very hard when it’s working against you,” she says.
As yoga and meditation increase in popularity, Jones appreciates the opportunity she has to share her expertise with SLCC students and faculty.
“Companies like Google and Target have started doing mindfulness programs to help their employees, so I’m glad the school system is catching up,” she says.