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Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is located in Dana Point, California, midway between San Diego and Los Angeles  It is the only authorized, traditional Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Orange County with many of its students from Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, El Toro, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, San Clemente, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach; some traveling as far as Seal Beach and Chino Hills.


Director and Instructor Diana Christinson is a traditional Ashtanga practitioner, trained by Tim Miller and authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy at the 2nd level at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.

Pacific Ashtanga’s Year of the Horse Personal Challenge – February 9, 2014 – 2015

1. Your daily practice (whatever it consists of) 6/days per week and 5/days per week on Moon days.
2. Daily two-minute meditation of gratitude.

EVERY DAY for one year. Practice can be a sun salute with meditation.

Guruji’s words: our practice has three bodies – external, internal and spiritual. Own your practice. Develop stamina, energy, strength. “Stand correct” Open up to self knowledge.

Chopin’s Prelude 4 in E – The beauty of the music is found in how we play each note. The beauty of our practice is found in how we articulate each breath and movement. The beauty of life is found in being present for each moment.

Honor the “gifts” of our practice – vinyasas and breath “link” together our practice.

Remain present, focus on your perfect breath, engagement of all muscle groups like “moving our bodies through water.” Articulate movement – reach to your edge – punctuate your breath/movement.

Mind training – master our own minds with focus, remaining present, every breath, each vinyasa.

Raise the bar !!!


Six Sun Salutes



Next Moon Day

Full Moon: Tue, Apr 15
New Moon: Mon, Apr 28
The Shala will be closed for regularly-scheduled classes.  Check for Moon Day workshops.

Weekly Messages

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~ Annie Dillard


We are now located at the NEW Shala Space, regular classes as scheduled:

34207 Pacific Coast Hwy, 2nd Floor, Dana Point

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