Christine Crites, MAT, MA

Yoga & Movement Instructor


Christine is a professional independent educator and movement coach who started her career path as a teacher. Christine combines her vast and varied teaching and coaching experience with her passion for movement, and the link between kinesthetics and emotional understanding. At MindTree, Christine offers movement-based classes for children and adolescents focusing on yoga, hand dance, and multicultural movements, and how those movements can affect our emotions and thoughts.

Education and Experience

Christine has worked with learners of all ages, from toddlers to adults, in a variety of settings: classroom teacher, coach, camp counselor, yoga and movement classes, outdoor outings leader, in-home childcare, Montessori, unschooling, homeschooling, and beyond! She is a Licensed Professional Teacher in both Oregon and Illinois, a Licensed Kids’ Yoga Instructor, and an award-winning movement coach and performer. She has over 340 hours of clocked yoga hours, and many, many more personal practice hours. She loves the feeling of challenging her body and mind to reach and stretch, streamlining her personal techniques and combining several different movement and expression styles. Christine has training in Hatha yoga, meditation, Samoan siva, hand dance, colorguard and flag dance, ballet, modern dance, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping, and personal fitness training.
Although she might sound serious on paper, Christine loves to play! She embraces the truly individual qualities of each of her students and uses that uniqueness to help them form bonds with others, communicate more effectively, and learn how to learn in their own way. Movement is an integral part of our lives, and Christine finds ways to make everyday movements fun and meaningful.
Christine discovered her passion for teaching and helping early in life, and began to pursue it more seriously as a career after spending time abroad in Samoa, volunteering at Lotofaga Primary School. During her summer breaks, she volunteered and eventually was employed as a camp counselor. She graduated from The College of Wooster in 2012 with a BA in Comparative Politics, and began work on an MA in Pacific Island Studies from The University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Christine then moved back to the mainland, and graduated with her MAT and Professional Teaching License in 2015.
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Call: 630-418-2290

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