Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is a Yoga School dedicated to student growth, inspiration and health. In addition to our full schedule of yoga classes the Shala offers teachings on yoga asana (postures), breath practice, meditation and philosophy. Read more...

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala

Where the Pacific Ocean Touches the Soul


Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

Mini Meditation Retreat

with Eric Berg
Optional orientation at 11:45am
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
(This is an "open" meditation where you come and go as you decide.)
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The Heart of Ashtanga Weekend

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

with Diana Christinson
September 29-30, 2018
- 8 hours Ashtanga Workshop
- One Precious Life Workshop
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Yoga Teacher Training

with Lesly Fightmaster and Brett Larkin
MODULE 1 - The Uplifted Body
April 9 - April 17, 2018
MODULE 2: - The Uplifted Soul
September 10 - September 18, 2018
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Kettlebells for Ashtangis

with Valerie Hedlund
11:00am - 11:45am
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One Precious Life - The Heart of Ashtanga

Workshop & Retreat
with Diana Christinson
November 8-11, 2018
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Yoga Retreat at RipJack Inn

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
December 1-8, 2018
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

Quote of the Week

"Mala" is a Sanskrit term that means garland. In India, there are many different kinds of malas. There are japamalas, made up of sacred beads strung on a thread which are used in prayer for counting and keeping focused on the repetition of a mantra. There are pushpamalas, which are garlands of vivid flowers, smelling of jasmine and other scents, that are strung in the form of wreaths and offered in worship to deities in homes and temples.
Jois here offers another kind of mala, which is ancient in tradition, as sacred as a prayer, and as beautiful as flowers. His mala is a garland of yoga, in which each vinyasa is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on, and each asana is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath.
Just as a japamala adorns the neck and a pushpamala adorns the gods, so too does this garland of yoga, when diligently practiced, adorn our entire being with peace, health, radiance, and, ultimately, self-knowledge. ~ Eddie Stern – Foreword in Yoga Mala -

Allow this beautiful mala practice to create spaces for you to choose to show up fully for the precious moments of your life. More quotes...


This week observe the little moments of your life; where are you hurrying to the next thing rather than being fully present in the precious moment at hand? More homework...

Diana and her neice Ella
Diana and Ella invite you to do 10 things to spread the Love Big message.
Here is their list of 10 Love Big actions: Read more...

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster

The course is set up with a simple format of lectures (explaining specific methods of practice), tutorials (explaining postural alignment and modifications to poses) and practice videos (ranging from a 15 minute sun salute practice to a 45 minute introduction to Ashtanga practice). The course includes a 30 day plan for students new to the practice.
I hope this course will inspire you and create a healthy mind, body and spirit for you at your home or wherever life may take you.
Diana Christinson
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The Story of Us

Cheryl Arrieta

I met Diana in 2004 at Yoga Works in Laguna Beach. The practice / teachings were something I had been looking for and found when I attended my first Saturday led class. Fast forward 14 years, many hours of practice, some aches and pains and wonderful friendships later, are what motivates me to show up.

I still feel the excitement of what I'll discover on my mat and how I'll incorporate my practice into my work and everyday life. The comparison between yoga and nursing isn't lost on me. My patients who have lost the most have taught me the basics of love, compassion, gratitude and the importance of living life. Yoga has taught me through smooth and rough times to keep showing up, and breath. It took many years to fully understand the meaning of, all is coming, I finally got it.

Cheryl Arrieta - Registered Nurse

Love Big Inspires

Love BIG Journal

Love Big Inspires mission is to encourage and inspire people to continue to become the most healthy, happy version of themselves through reflection, creativity and growth. We want to encourage and challenge people to actively show up for life and be fully present for the moments and days, remembering each day is limited and precious.

48 Day Meditation and Practice Guide The Official Love Big app About Richard Beatie One Precious Life Workshop & Retreat

YouTube Meditation Outreach

Yoga and meditation are two of the most powerful ways to keep ourselves healthy, vibrant and happy.

Please visit our Pacific Ashtanga YouTube channel for our weekly 10 minute movement and mediation video.

As most of you know, our community at the Shala is now part of a non-profit charitable organization - The Merit Field Foundation. This is an exciting collaboration with our dear friend and Tibetan Monk, Chusang Rinpoche and his community of Buddhist monks in Nepal and India. It is our dream to create an outreach program that takes the simple teachings of yoga and Buddhist meditation to our communities where people can have a short daily practice to create more peace and happiness in their lives. Without any religious affiliation we hope to create a simple practice of breath, movement and seated meditation and extend it beyond our Shala doors to our friends, families and the larger community.

I invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel, watch our video and send the link to people you know that do not currently have a practice but may be interested in meditation or would be willing to try something new that might help bring more peace into their lives.

Please join me this year in taking the beautiful teachings and practice we share past the doors of our Shala in Dana Point and into the wider community.

Thank you for being part of our outreach and adventure.

~ Love - Diana

Dear Jack Foundation

Diana Christinson has partnered with the Dear Jack Foundation as their dedicated yoga and breath work instructor for the organization's Breathe Now Wellness retreats serving young adult cancer survivors and their signifcant others.

The Dear Jack Foundation supports initiatives and provides programming in order to promote positive health outcomes for adolescents and young adults (AYA), ages 15-39, from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer through survivorship.

Dear Jack Foundation's Breathe Now wellness retreats bring together young adult (YA) survivors and their partners to help rediscover balance in their relationship after cancer. Open to YA survivors who are one to three years removed from their last date of treatment, this thoughtfully designed four-day program harnesses the transformative powers of yoga, meditation, nature, and psychosocial breakout sessions, with a focus on the three themes of identity, strength, and balance. Dear Jack's Breathe Now retreats are professionally guided and designed to help the couple renew, learn, and grow as they live their lives together post cancer. Participation is by referral from the organization's partner hospitals.

Update from Diana - June 2018

"I have just returned from an inspirational retreat in Santa Barbara with The Dear Jack Foundation.
I was honored to share yoga, breath practices, earthing and mediations with the participants. It was exciting for me as this was the first time for everyone to participate in these practices. I had hoped to give each person a practice they could take home and incorporate into their lives.
I left with a heart filled with hope, gratitude and joy. I received the most; I was moved by each person's story and courage. Each participant had shared that they wanted to give back and bring courage and hope to others. I will share their inspiration and carry each of their stories with me.

Please join me as I continue to work with Andrew and his team at The Dear Jack Foundation."

~ Diana