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...


Memorial Day Schedule - Monday, May 30

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

Next Moon Days
(Shala will be closed)

Friday 6th - new
Saturday 21st - full
Saturday 4th - new
Sunday 19th - full
More info...

Shala Anniversary and Monarch Butterflies Event

Monarch Butterflies Event
6-8 pm
Bring your family! Bring your kids!
We'll have something special planned for the children.
Thank you for joining in Pacific Ashtanga's effort to save the Monarchs!
Monarch Butterflies Event
Monarch Butterflies Event
william and butterfly

Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book


Ashtanga Invocation

Please read Chapter I from our semester book "The Heart of Yoga" by T. K. V. Desikachar.


Upcoming Events & Workshops

Wim Hof Breath Practice

Sunday 7:15am-7:45am (before Primary)
with Scott Englesby
More info about Wim Hof Method...

Embracing your Energetic Bubble

Embracing your Energetic Bubble
with Florance O'Neal
11:30 - 1:30pm
More info...

Breathe into Flow

Workshop with Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie
Wim Hof Method
12:00 - 2:00pm
More info...

4 Paws - 5 Elements

with Jacqueline Heller, DVM, CVA
11:30am - 1:30pm
Yogic Principles and Your Pet
More info...

Blood Drive

Blood Drive
More information is coming soon

Quote of the Week

Mysore Alessandra

"Excellence of daily life finally depends not on what we do, but on how we do it."

"It is how we choose what we do, and how we approach it, that will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art."

~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life.

More quotes...

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."

"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."

To learn more about Jacqueline's holistic veterinary practice please visit her website

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...

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