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

News

Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

Fuel for Health

Dear Jack Foundation Fundraiser
with Diana Christinson
and special guests
Sherrie Papa and Chef Cathy McKnight
11:00 am
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Yoga Gives Back - Summer Solstice 108 Sun-salutes Fundraiser

with Timea Agnew
7:00 pm
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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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One Precious Life - The Heart of Ashtanga

Workshop & Retreat
with Diana Christinson
November 8-11, 2018
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Yoga Retreat at Rise Up Surf

Chinandega, Nicaragua

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

Books

Archetypes
by Caroline Myss
Animal-Speak
by Ted Andrews
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Homework

Spend more time outside, in nature.

Take a Personality Test based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers' personality type theory.

This weeks meditation and practices - I will invite you to identify and connect to your spiritual animal and totem. We will use the Native American Totem as another form of Archetype to guide us on our hero's journey.

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Quote of the Week

Moon set

"Barn's burnt down/ Now I can see the moon." ~ Mizuta Masahide

A beautiful metaphor for our brokenness that opens us.
At times the barn has burnt down and there is no view of the moon. All we can do is pick up the rubble of what is left. In this we are sometimes given the opportunity to help another. Our loss and brokenness can become a support to others.
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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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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 www.LoveBigInspires.com The Official Love Big app About Richard Beatie One Precious Life Workshop & Retreat

Meet Our Students

Troy Eckert

Troy Eckert is an avid surfer and worked with Volcom clothing for 20 years in marketing. Since his introduction to yoga about 10 years ago his passion has only grown. So much so that he is launching an environmentally and socially responsible mens yoga clothing brand. It's called KOZM. The website landing page can be found at thekozm.com.
Dear Pacific Ashtanga students, please use Coupon code: pacificashtanga for 20% off plus free shipping at checkout to purchase anything from thekozm.com site.

"Yoga, and specifically Ashtanga, has been the way I've been able to truly connect and get to know myself on the most intimate level. It has given me the ability to remain both physically and mentally confident with anything I chose to do. When I come to the Shala, I know I will leave a better person than when I arrived. I truly cherish Diana and the environment she provides for everyone."

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Update from Nepal

update from Nepal

Dear Donors and Friends:

First and foremost, we want to thank you again for helping the people of Nepal. We also want to provide you with an update on what has been happening over the last several months with Chusang and the earthquake relief project you so generously contributed to. Read more...

YouTube Channel / 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