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...

Anniversary Puja
Shala Anniversary Celebration
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wine tasting with Yogi and Sommelier Chiara Shannon and Nicole Ferro So Hum chocolate. (Please register).
7pm - 8:30pm
Snack luck party. Bring a little something to share and celebrate our beautiful Shala community.



Happy Anniversary Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala!

Ocean Shala Blessing from Diana...

Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

Simple Pleasures

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 Shala / Yoga School


Experience Earthing - Go barefoot outside for at least half-hour and see what a difference it makes on your pain or stress level. Sit, stand, lay or walk on grass, sand, or dirt.

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Quote of the Week

Ocean Shala Blessing

May the view of the vast blue ocean remind you of your infinite possibility.
May this community raise your energy to support your highest potential.
May the sound of breath stir a deep connection to your soul and your calling.
May the unique scent of incense bring you a peace, knowing you are home,
surrounded by love and support.
May this practice be a light on your path.
May the light you are brighten the path for others.
May you feel surrounded by light and inspired by its illumination in all you do.
May you always take this practice out these doors and into the corners of your life.
making the world a brighter place.

Thank you for being part of the light of our beautiful mangrove tree we call, Shala.
It is an honor to be a little lightning bug on your path.

~ With love and gratitude, Diana

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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster

The course is set up with a simple format of lectures (explaining specific methods of practice), tutorials (explaining postural alignment and modifications to poses) and practice videos (ranging from a 15 minute sun salute practice to a 45 minute introduction to Ashtanga practice). The course includes a 30 day plan for students new to the practice.
I hope this course will inspire you and create a healthy mind, body and spirit for you at your home or wherever life may take you.
Diana Christinson
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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 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
Dear Pacific Ashtanga students, please use Coupon code: pacificashtanga for 20% off plus free shipping at checkout to purchase anything from 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."


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