Christie Pitko (She/Her)
The physical aspects of yoga first drew me in. I loved how strong and centered I would feel after a sweaty vinyasa class. But, the total mind-body-spirit transformation was something I was not expecting. I walked into my first yoga class in 2001, and the journey began.
I received my first yoga flow certification in 2011, nearly ten years after that first class. Since then, I’ve earned over 800 hours of yoga training with various teachers. I have over 300 hours of SmartFlow Training with my teacher, Annie Carpenter. My teaching style is alignment-based, empowering, focused, yet playful.
My home is in the vibrant San Francisco bay area. I have led classes in studios and corporate offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. I host several yoga retreats per year that give me the opportunity to guide and connect on a much deeper level. These retreats happen in the U.S. and abroad.
Since 2018, I have been part of the faculty at Folk SF (formerly Yoga Garden SF) for their 200 and 300 hour teacher training program. These trainings happen throughout the year, and are led by a dedicated team. In the summer, you can find me guiding SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) yoga classes on the San Francisco bay!
Meditation is healing. I began a daily practice in 2014, and watched my life shift. I currently lead regular meditation sessions at Salesforce Headquarters in San Francisco, and in private and small groups.
I am a Reiki Master and Teacher. Through this work, I am able to help heal myself and inspire others to do the same.
Training and Certifications
E-RYT 500 (With over 800 hours of teacher training)
Certificates from White Lotus Foundation (2011), Barefoot Movement (2015), SmartFlow (2021). I have taught over 3,000 hours of yoga classes
300 Hour SmartFlow Training
The Spine Advanced SmartFlow
Annie Carpenter - 20 hours
Root to Fly Advanced SmartFlow
Annie Carpenter - 25 hours
Sama Sadhna Advanced SmartFlow
Annie Carpenter -105 hours
Preksha Advanced SmartFlow
Annie Carpenter - 50 hours
Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga Training with Judith Hanson Lasater - 30 hours
SUP Yoga Teacher
SUPAsana/Mike's Paddle - 25 hours
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher
Barefoot Movement - 20 hours
Children's Yoga Teacher
It's Yoga Kids - 25 hours