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...

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Next Moon Days

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Homework

Diana - Shala Homework

Ask yourself the following four questions reflecting on the lines from our 30 days meditation poem:

  • Where is your water?
  • What do you grow in your garden?
  • Do you speak your truth?
  • How are you being good to yourself?
You can also reflect on another line from the poem that speaks to you.
You can share your reflections by emailing Diana, and we'll share them with the Shala community on our site.

30 Days Morning Meditation

Join Diana and the Shala community in a 30 days morning meditation to start your day with an intention.
Shala Meditation:

WHAT ARE YOU FOR?

Day of 30

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What are you For?

...Let's remember...

"You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour.
Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour!
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your Garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.
This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing very fast. It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid.

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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...

Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

Please read Chapter 11 - "Living in the World" - from our semester book
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
by T. K. V. Desikachar
What Doesn't Kill Us
by Scott Carney
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Quote of the Week

"I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down." ~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Cambutal, Panama

December 4, 2016 - December 10, 2016
~ Limited Space Available ~

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...

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...

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 www.petsacupuncture.com.

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