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...

Young Activist Inspires Peace

...You may say I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one.
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one.

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Next Moon Days

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

with Dr. Nima Fayazmanesh
Includes a total of nine 2.5 hour sessions plus an all-day session on a Saturday near the end of the program.
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Unfold your own Myth - The Hero's Journey
7 Day Yoga Retreat
with Diana Christinson
October 30th - November 5th, 2017
Location: Ocean Shala, Capistrano Beach, CA
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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School


Dacher Keltner on the Vagus Nerve
Pick 5 items from the list below and commit to them for 30 days. 32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve:
  1. Cold
  2. Singing or Chanting
  3. Yoga
  4. Meditation
  5. Positive Social Relationships
  6. Breath Deeply and Slowly
  7. Laughter
  8. Prayer
  9.
Come up with a plan for your 5 items. If you choose "laughter", we have a couple of ideas for you :)
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Quote of the Week

Happy Dollar

"Then what shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of coarse, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and that one, is what we are doing... There is no shortage of good days."
"This is living... could it be more perfect?" ~ Ann Dillard

Fill your "dollar" with the hours of your life that make your life rich and beautiful; your true wealth. Place the happy dollar in your wallet to remind you, you are blessed and wealthy. (entry from 48 Day Meditation & Practice.)

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Love Big Journal

Love BIG Journal
Now available at

Personal Journal for You,
May you fill the pages with your joys, your passion and creations.
May you reflect and write to bring the clarity you will need in challenging times.
May you know that the answers you seek are within yourself.

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


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