Welcome to the Yoga Arts Studio in San Diego!

Amy Pachowicz

Amy Pachowicz has been teaching yoga for over 15 years.  She traveled to Pune, India in 2007 to study at the Iyengar Institute and is a certified Iyengar instructor at the Introductory I/II Level.

Amy opened Yoga Arts in January 2013.  She began studying Iyengar yoga in college at Barnard in 1986 and began classes with Jo Zukovich in 1992 when she moved back to San Diego.  She has studied with Manuoso Manos for over ten years and began teaching in 1996. 

"Practicing yoga has taught me that I am not what I think I am...I am able to be different, to change." -Amy 


Jo Zukovich

Jo Zukovich began her yoga journey in 1979, started teaching in the mid 80's while owning and running a large yoga studio for many years.


She has traveled to India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar and his family, as well as studying with many top teachers in the U.S. and Europe. Jo feels blessed that she has been part of the surge of interest in yoga since the beginning.


Her experience of teaching has been one of the great joys in life along with her wonderful family. Jo truly loves teaching what she has learned along the way.

Katy Bendel began studying yoga in 1997, with Jo Zukovich, and received her 200 hour certified YTT at Yoga One in 2011. As a practitioner of Iyengar Yoga, Katy loves to share the joy of practicing and the health benefits that one receives from the poses. She feels grateful to have attended the Ramamani Iyengar Institute in 2011, while Mr. Iyengar was still practicing in the classes and occasionally teaching.

John Jay
Bio to come

Bernadette Latin is a certified 200-hr Kripalu Yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2004. She holds certifications in Restorative Yoga and the Yamuna Foot Fitness program. She studied anatomy for 4 years with Genny Kapuler in New York City.

Barbara Shirts has been a practicing physical therapist since 1992 working in a variety of settings on diverse patient issues. She has been studying Therapeutic Yoga under Rachel Krentzman and received her YTT at YogaOne. Weaving her professional career with her passion for yoga, her classes are designed with a strong anatomical focus and are mostly alignment based vinyasa and pranayama. Real, lighthearted, and passionate, she hopes her students will learn more about themselves, their anatomy, and biomechanics while feeling confident about where they are in their practice and realizing their true potential.

Barbara McDonald is a longtime Iyengar teacher and practitioner. Iyengar yoga has helped her in her life, in all ways, and she is happy to share her knowledge with others. In her classes, you can expect a strenuous physical practice, a lot of information about yoga and the poses, and a bit of fun, too.

Silvia Baratta has trained in Yoga since 1983 among some of the finest teachers of the Himalayan Tradition and is certified by the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International.  She has spent the last 12 years living, studying, practicing and serving at the Associations headquarters in Rishikesh, India, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.  Swami Veda Bharati, leading disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, master meditation guide and Raja-Yoga expert, with thousands of students world-wide, is her chief mentor and now residing at the headquarters.   Silvia has also studied and been influenced by the Iyengar Hatha Yoga and Buddhist philosophical systems

Lisa Hampton, MS founded Mindful Fitness in 1994 with the belief that traditional fitness programs could be enhanced by integrating mind-body principles found in yoga and meditation practices. 


Knowing that being still is a challenge for many, Lisa has designed a class that begins with gentle yoga stretches to help loosen the body to prepare for sitting. Integrating conscious breathing, students relax, become grounded and connect mind and body.

Lisa's class not included in monthly Yoga Arts packages. $14 drop-in/5 classes $60

Karen Valentino has been studying yoga with Jo Zukovich since 1999. She has been teaching yoga for five years and received her certification from Yoga One in 2011. She loves to share the benefits of regular yoga and mindfulness practice!

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Yoga Arts
3017 Canon St.
San Diego, CA 92106


Phone: 619.341.8765

E-mail: amy@yogaarts.co

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