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...

Young Activist Inspires Peace

...You may say I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one.
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one.

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Next Moon Days

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Total Solar Eclipse

Holly RePenn

Next Monday, August 21st, the Total Solar Eclipse occurs at 28 Degrees of Leo 53' - 11:30 AM PDT.

For more information check out our Shala astrologer Holly RePenn's feature article "The Great American Eclipse of 2017" at


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

with Dr. Nima Fayazmanesh
Includes a total of nine 2.5 hour sessions plus an all-day session on a Saturday near the end of the program.
First Session: August 19th
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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3 Vital Steps – Writings by Richard Beatie

Love BIG Project
Workshop taught by Diana Christinson
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Love Big Project Fish Dinner and Beer & Wine Tasting

Richard Beatie Kid - Fishing on the Banks
5:00 - 8:00 pm
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Unfold your own Myth - The Hero's Journey
7 Day Yoga Retreat
with Diana Christinson
October 30th - November 5th, 2017
Location: Ocean Shala, Capistrano Beach, CA
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Quote of the Week

Our question: "Can you be for something and against nothing?"

"Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life." ~ Elie Wiesel

"Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world." ~ Elie Wiesel

What are your FOR? Noah’s inspiration. Call to personal action no matter how small.

Rather than being against hate be for LOVE - LOVE RULES!!!!!

Imagine all the people living life in peace
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Homework - 30 Day Meditation Challenge

Experiment in Svadhyaya (self study) commit to a 30 day meditation.
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Semester Book

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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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