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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.


I am grateful to be a part of the faculty at Yoga Garden 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

Annie Carpenter 

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

Reiki Master Teacher 
Nationally Certified Massage Therapist  2009-2015
Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications
The Second City Chicago Training Center, Improvisation
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