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...

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Mary Oliver

Memorial Day Schedule - Monday, May 29

6am Mysore & 9:30am Master Flow as scheduled.
4:30pm and 6pm evening classes are Cancelled.


Next Moon Days

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Extreme Wellness Workshop & Program

Nicole Carter Extreme Wellness
with Nicole Carter
Three successive Saturdays
June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th
11:30am - 1:30pm
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Tibetan Bowl & Gong Sound Immersion

Diane Mandle Sound Healing
with Diáne Mandle
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm (sunset)
Light vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Quote of the Week

Practice, practice practice.
"Practice and all is coming.
99 % practice 1 % theory
slow progress is good progress." ~ Guruji

"Do not hurry; do not rest." ~ Goethe Steady

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Meet Our Students

JJ Flowers
JJ Flowers, one of our most dedicated Ashtangies, and a Shala Novelist.

Check out her New Novel Juan Pablo and the Butterflies (Simon and Schuster, May 2017).

Find this book! Inspired by the loss of her husband Dr. John Flowers and their son Jonpaul, Juan Pablo and the Butterflies magically appeared on Jen's keyboard. It is a fast pace spiritual thriller, a page-turner that rips beginning to end.


Paramaguru Sharath Jois 2017

Stanford: May 7 – 13
Los Angeles: May 16 – 21
New York: May 26 – 31
CONFERENCE: Sharath will offer conferences throughout the week. Dates and times to be announced.
COST: $300 (6 Day Week)

Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

Please watch TED Talk "How great leaders inspire action" by Simon Sinek

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
Price: $100
Dear students-
For the past six months I have been working with Duke and Lesley Fightmaster to create an online video course, "Beginning the Journey of Ashtanga - Tutorials and Practices for Beginners". Read more...

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