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, mediation and philosophy. Read more...


Next Moon Days
(Shala will be closed)

Friday 6th - new
Saturday 21st - full
Saturday 4th - new
Sunday 19th - full
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In Loving Memory of Robert J. Cooper


Oh, Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
Hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty
and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
And my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things
You have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than brother or sister,
but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready
to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes,
so when my life fades, as the fading sunset,
My Spirit may come to you without shame.

Great Spirit of love, come to me with the power of the North.
Make me courageous when the cold winds of life fall upon me.
Give me strength and endurance for everything
that is harsh, everything that hurts,
everything that makes me squint.
Make me move through life ready to take what comes from the North.


Yoga Shala / Yoga School


boys and butterfly
Shared by Lara

Look out for monarch caterpillars and butterflies. They are the messenger to remind everyone of their own transformation, and that they are the most amazing miracles!!!

Adopt a caterpillar - buy milkweed plant. You can get it just down from the Shala at Dana Point Nursery.

Please share your pictures by emailing See all the pictures on Caterpillars and Butterflies page.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Wim Hof Breath Practice

Sunday 7:15am-7:45am
with Scott Englesby
More info about Wim Hof breath method...

Deepening Your Practice through Understanding the Lineage

Diana with Guruji Pattabhi Jois
with Diana Christinson
11 - 12:30pm
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Practice and All is Coming

Workshop with Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie
Wim Hof Breathing Method
12:00 - 2:00 pm
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Embracing your Energetic Bubble

Embracing your Energetic Bubble
with Florance O'Neal
11:30 - 1:30 pm
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Semester Books

Semester Book -  Big Magic by Elisabeth Gilbert
Big Magic, by Elisabeth Gilbert
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Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Quote of the Week

Door into the Shala

"The yogi's life is not measured by the number of his days but by the number of his breaths." ~ BKS Iyengar

May you take your practice off your mat and breath deep into all the precious moments of your life. ~ Diana
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Meet Our Students

Phillip Nardulli
Phillip Nardulli, photographer, artist, adventurer and yogi.

See some of Phillips work next time you are at John Wayne (March 16, 2016 through April 13, 2016) or visit


YouTube Channel

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