An innovative life-long explorer, Eliko comes to mindfulness education with over 25 years of classroom teaching experience in public and independent schools in Tokyo, Los Angeles
New York City, and Silicon Valley. She brings her insights and skills as an international mixed roots multilingual, life coach, mentor, and parent, to her mindfulness practice and teaching.
Eliko’s desire to slow things down for herself due to her rich, busy life as a full time working parent led her to explore Qi Gong and Tai Chi in 2013. She began sharing her practices with her students soon after. She saw their positive and eager responses to the slow paced movements that helped them cultivate body awareness and moments of balance. She started practicing mindfulness after attending the Summer Institute for Educators at The Greater Good Science Center (UC Berkeley) where she learned about the power of mindfulness as another approach to build social emotional learning skills in the classroom. Although she was a skeptic at first (“There is no way I can ever sit still for more than a minute!”), she slowly developed her personal mindfulness practice. Once she began seeing the centering and calming effects of stillness, Eliko was convinced this was another tool her young students would benefit from. Her purpose in sharing mindfulness with her students is to teach them skills that develop compassion, self awareness, flexibility, and focused attention. She loves attending conferences, workshops, and retreats to learn new ideas and skills for her personal practice and for her mindfulness teaching. Most recently she trained in Unified Mindfulness Pathways program and is experiencing the beauty and power of this explicit and clear system to practicing and teaching mindfulness to others.
Eliko wholeheartedly believes that students benefit from having different access points to mindfulness. She weaves in Qi Gong and Tai Chi to her lessons and is currently developing ways to incorporate IMPROV to her classroom mindfulness practice.