SCU Instagram Live #MeditationMondays with Justyn Bonomi, E-YRT 200, RPYT, CPT
WHITTIER, CA. – (May 16, 2022) — Justyn Bonomi, E-YRT 200, RPYT, CPT, is a Term 6 Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) student at SCU, specializing in Healthy Aging. She is also the face behind SCU’s Instagram Live #MeditationMonday sessions.
#MeditationMonday sessions will be held on SCU’s Instagram channel, @scuhs, weekly on Mondays, live at 8 p.m. Pacific Time throughout the 15-week Summer Term, from May 16 – August 18. The sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for those who are unable to join live but attending live is highly recommended. These sessions will offer meditations that are rooted in the essence of the peace and harmony and will help participants find and create peace and harmony from within.
Justyn says that #MeditationMonday originally came to fruition in 2020 when the pandemic hit. “Since I was unable to see my clients in person, I began offering guided meditations on my personal Instagram account. #MeditationMonday was an opportunity for my community to connect with me and each other virtually and also continue to feel supported in their individual work in the realms of mindfulness, meditation, and manifestation.”
She began her meditation practice in 2012 and has been expanding offerings, ever since. “There are many ways to meditate, and the way I teach it allows for even the most active minds to discover peace within,” says Justyn.
SCU’s Instagram Live #MeditationMondays format
The program Justyn will be sharing with SCU is based on mindfulness, meditation, and manifestation, and will be broken down into three focus areas of five weeks, each, for the overall 15-week experience.
The first five sessions will focus on mindfulness. This includes various breathing exercises, breath-to-movement, body scanning and awareness, and subtle energy exercises to help bring you back to your center. Justyn says that “mindfulness practices are foundational for the rest of the program and are extremely beneficial for stress management.”
The next five sessions will be deep meditation, including yoga nidra sessions. Justyn says “This type of meditation is one of my favorites because it promotes deep sleep and a profound shift from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system, which is ESSENTIAL for us during exams! Yoga Nidra is an ancient Sanskrit practice that I personally learned about while studying yoga and meditation in India in 2016.”
The final five sessions are all about manifestation. “These sessions will include aspects of both mindfulness and meditation. Additionally, they will also support you in recognizing your soul’s deepest desires and help you create new neural pathways that align your mind, body, and spirit with those desires. These practices have not only been scientifically proven to benefit your health on many different levels but have also resulted in my own personal success as well as my clients,” says Justyn.
Meditation and academic performance
Justyn reports that there is extensive research available on how meditation optimizes brain function. “If you think about the best athletes in the world, you know that they spend significant amounts of time, energy, and money on recovery. Rest and recovery is necessary in order for their bodies to perform to the best of its ability. In the same way, meditation allows your mind and body to shift into rest and recovery mode. So when the time comes to take and exam or be alert and focused during a lecture, you are able to utilize your brain efficiently and effectively.”
Meditation and overall health benefits
Justyn listed over a dozen health benefits that meditation can produce or enhance:
Improved sleep quality
Helps alleviate pain
More fulfillment in life
Reduction of negative emotions
Strengthened immune system
Optimal brain and body functioning
Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure
Increased right brain activity
Induced alpha and theta brain waves
Justyn’s favorite meditation tips
Start a morning practice. It takes 21 days for a new habit to become routine. If you have just 5 minutes at the beginning of your day to start with mindfulness and gratitude, you can train the dominant operating system within your brain to respond to life in a way that supports your mind, body, and spirit.
When our professors give us those 5-15 minute breaks at the top of every lecture hour, use it to your benefit! Do a breathing exercise, some gentle stretching, or go put your bare feet in the earth to reset. Taking small intentional breaks will optimize your ability to be present and therefore digest and retain information.
Make deep breathing a priority. As often as you can, take deep diaphragmatic breaths. If you’re not used to breathing like this, you might need to set alarms in your phone until you can remember on your own. Deep breathing activates the Vagus nerve which switches the body into the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as “rest and digest” or “peed, feed, and breed,” like Dr. Tetzlaff likes to say. As students in higher education, the more we can make this shift, the more sustainable our energy will be in school and in life in general.
More on Justyn’s meditation practice and offerings
The Lokahi Method is Justyn’s 10-week transformational program. “Lokahi” is a Hawaiian word than means “unity in mind, body, and spirit and harmony with the world around you.” She created the Lokahi Method based on these principles and by integrating the most efficient and effective healing modalities that she studied and experienced first-hand within the past decade. “This program includes the practices of yoga & meditation, reiki therapy, quantum healing, and holistic life coaching and is tailored to the individual depending on past experiences, future goals, or whatever they are trying to achieve physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I help people align with the best version of themselves and therefore create the life they have always dreamed of. When you Live Lokahi, it couldn’t be any other way.”
Students and faculty at SCUHS are eligible for a 20% discount upon enrolling. For more information about the Lokahi Method, visit lokahicollective.com.