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About 

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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.

 

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

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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