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
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