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...

Ocean Shala 10-02-2016 First Day
Come practice with us at the Ocean Shala!


Breaking News

Diana's plant is a Begonia (not Geranium :)
Begonia - The art, beauty, and miracle of life
"The art, beauty and miracle of life, and light running through the veins of the leaf. Water, give it light and love - it will thrive and grow. The begonia reminds us of our beauty, the life force that runs through our veins into the edges of our being.
Our practice gives us water and just the right amount of sunlight to grow and expand into our full beauty!" ~ Diana

Next Moon Days

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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
Price: $100
Dear students-
For the past six months I have been working with Duke and Lesley Fightmaster to create an online video course, "Beginning the Journey of Ashtanga - Tutorials and Practices for Beginners". Read more...

Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

Please read chapter 8 from our semester book
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
by T. K. V. Desikachar
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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

with Shane Chunephisal
11:15am - 1:15pm
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The Balancing Asanas

with Atsuro Chiba
11:00am - 1:00pm
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Mobility vs Flexibility and why Breathing makes the difference

with Brian MacKenzie
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Ayurveda for the Ashtanga Householder

with Prem
11:00am - 2:00pm
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Quote of the Week

Quote of the week

Yoga is about changing, evolving and becoming our best. A powerful practice to stretch to become our best. It is a life long practice both on and off our mats.

"Wherever you go, there you are." ~ Jon Kabat -Zinn More quotes...

Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Cambutal, Panama

December 4, 2016 - December 10, 2016
~ Limited Space Available ~

We have a few spots open for our December 4th through 10th, 2016 yoga retreat at Sansara, a yoga and surf retreat in Panama.
Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your practice, explore meditation and yoga philosophy with Diana in this beautiful coastal Panamanian location. More info...

Cherry Blossom Yoga Retreat, Japan

Cherry Blossom
April 2, 2017 - April 9, 2017

Choice of a morning Mysore or led class plus an afternoon workshop each day. More info...

Meet Our Students

Jacqueline Heller

Jacqueline Heller
"In 2009 I became board certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and began my yoga practice at Pacific Ashtanga. These two transformative events led me towards a more content, happy and meaningful life. My practice continually helps me live mindfully, with gratitude and an open heart in both my personal and professional lives. Diana and the teachers at Pacific Ashtanga have been instrumental in guiding me down this fulfilling path. My husband and children have joined me on this adventure and practice Ashtanga in their daily lives."

To learn more about Jacqueline's holistic veterinary practice please visit her website

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