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...

Message from Diana

"Trust yourself and you will know how to live." ~ Goethe

Dear Students-

I teach what I am inspired to personally practice. These last few weeks have been an exciting journey of "trust" and "full living".

Shala - ocean view

Today, especially, I am grateful to each of you for sharing this yoga path and adventure with me.

Last Sunday, I announced to the Shala community that we are moving the Shala to Capistrano Beach, 3 minutes down the road on PCH. SURPRISE!!!!

"It is your heart that holds your vision, trust yourself." ~ Unbound by Dorien Israel
Shala - ocean view
September 25, Sunday:
Gratitude Puja for the Shala @ 8am
September 29, Thursday:
Students will take deities and pictures from PCH Shala after practice
September 30, Friday:
Open House & Puja at Ocean Shala, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Puja starts @ 6:30pm / Students to bring deities and pictures they cared for overnight, to Puja
October 1, Saturday:
1st Classes at new Ocean Shala
The new Ocean Shala will be located at:


Next Moon Days

More info...

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
Beginning The Journey Of Ashtanga - Tutorials and Practices For Beginners

We are excited to announce Online Ashtanga Course will be available for purchase ! Check out the quick 2 minute trailer: Beginning the Journey of Ashtanga

Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Open House & Puja at the Ocean Shala

Ocean Shala
6:30pm - 7:30pm
34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 205, Capistrano Beach

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

with Shane Chunephisal
11:15am - 1:15pm
More info...

Mobility vs Flexibility and why Breathing makes the difference

with Brian MacKenzie
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
More info...

Quote of the Week

Quote of the week

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~ Michelangelo

Guruji "practice, practice, practice" until you set him free. Find your beauty! More quotes...

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...

Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Cambutal, Panama

December 4, 2016 - December 10, 2016

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...

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