Eliko comes to mindfulness education with over 28 years of classroom teaching experience in public and independent schools in Los Angeles, Tokyo, 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. Eliko 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.