MEDITATION TO EXPLORE the Nervous System
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Meet YOUR SCIENCE & MAGIC Neuroscientists
NKECHI NJAKA, MSc: Neuroscientist, Artist Meditation Guide, Mindfulness Expert
Nkechi Deanna Njaka is an SF mindfulness meditation instructor and the founder of NDN lifestyle studio, co-founder of Sitting Matters, a 2017 YBCA Truth Fellow and lululemon ambassador. As a neuroscientist, choreographer and meditation teacher, she has spent the majority of her life investigating the relationship between the brain and the body and has always felt the significance of their integration.
Through her work as a neuroscientist as well as a professional modern dancer + choreographer, she discovered that mindfulness and creativity are crucial for sustaining individual and global wellbeing. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, CA where she majored in neuroscience and dance and went on to complete an MSc. in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.
SOPHIA BOUWENS, L.AC: Neurological Acupuncturist
Sophia Bouwens is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a background in neuroscience, who specializes in supporting and optimizing the nervous system. Sophia attained her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. After studying the effects of acupuncture on pain perception, she got more curious about what acupuncture was doing to the body and went on to get her Masters of Acupuncture from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2014. Seven months after graduating with her Masters of Acupuncture, Sophia was hit by a drunk driver on her way home from work and sustained a Severe Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury - the second most severe type of brain injury. After waking from a six day, medically induced coma, Sophia began using acupuncture and the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help aid in her rehabilitation, and was out of the hospital quicker than any of her doctors anticipated - one month to the day!
Sophia has a passion to reach others to help them through their own neurologic challenges and live vibrantly. Combining her own experience with Traumatic Brain Injury with her knowledge of TCM and neuroscience and post-graduate work in Functional Neurology, Sophia currently practices in Minneapolis at JADA Studios, a sports medicine acupuncture studio, where she helps patients suffering from concussion, movement disorders, brain tumor removal, brain fog, fatigue and more. She is also partnering with Health Partners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul to conduct research studies, having recently attained funding to investigate the effect of acupuncture on post-traumatic headache. A mother of three, she is ambitious, fun-loving and brain-loving