Nkechi Deanna Njaka, MSc. 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. She was originally interested in how fear and anxiety prevented her from living a fully expressed life in certain circumstances while simultaneously knowing that participatory arts like dance gave her the freedom to self express. She longed for this to be in balance and true for all people everywhere.
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. She attended the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and holds a certification in Holistic Health and Nutritional Counseling.
For several years, Nkechi worked as a neuroscientist as well as a professional modern dancer/choreographer. As a neuroscientist, she used mindfulness to reverse chronic illness in her patients. As a dancer and yogi, she understood that being embodied had a major effect of her health. Sometimes she held both professions at the same time, but the work was compartmentalized and separate. After experiencing burn out from pursuing these separately, Nkechi spent a significant amount of time in self inquiry. It was then that Nkechi began her own meditation practice. She asked herself what she could create that would combine both while promoting and sustaining individual and global wellbeing. Mindful Movement is a result of that.
When not thinking about the brain, her next creative project or choreography, she is can be found practicing yoga, spending time with loved ones or out exploring in nature .