About Us

At HeartYoga every class is a breathing class first! What makes our studio unique is the tremendous emphasis we put on your breath. We don’t have levels because no one should ever feel excluded from a yoga class. Paying attention and breathing deeply are all that’s required for you to be successful and get the many benefits of yoga.

We chose the name HeartYoga because yoga is a path of learning to love yourself and others more authentically. We are a community that is striving to embody that kind of love. Also there is something magic that happens when you pour your heart into your practice, when you really give it your all. You’ll have the chance to do that here. And finally, yoga takes us past superficialities. It gets us to the “heart” of things. Your practice will help you see yourself and the world around you more clearly.


Jason Hulshof

Jason has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has seen it help thousands of people change their lives for the better. Originally self-taught, he found his teacher, Jonny Kest, in the year 2000. After 16 years of working closely with him and helping to train hundreds of yoga teachers across the country, Jason founded HeartYoga in 2016. His goal was to create a yoga community where people could pour their hearts into their practice and feel the healing and renewal that comes from that effort. If you want to feel enlightened and empowered, you will find something in his teaching that nourishes your spirit.

Kirstin Benish

Kirstin is originally from Minnesota, but has called San Diego home since 2020. As a former gymnast, Kirstin dabbled in yoga spaces throughout her life, but discovered the depth of the practice–that yoga is beyond asana–at HeartYoga in Minneapolis in 2018. Curious by nature and a forever student to the world around her, Kirstin completed her 500-hour training in 2021 and the opportunity to teach presented itself shortly after. Her passion for the practice comes from her love of building community and interest in mental health/healing modalities. She’s honored to be able to share it: whether it is a powerful hot vinyasa class, a slow and meditative yin class, or a style in-between.