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...

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Ocean Shala

Where the Pacific Ocean touches the soul

34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 205
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624


Next Moon Days

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Ocean Shala Program

34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 205
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

Vocal Healing & 432hz Spirit Metacine

with Shane Chunephisal and Lynda Arnold
11:30 - 1:30pm
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Wim Hof Method Workshop

with Diana Christinson
9:00am - 1:00pm
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Wim Hof Method & MindLift Workshops

with Kasper van der Meulen
- Teaching Business Mastery for WHM instructors
- MindLift Workshop
- Wim Hof Method Deep Dive Workshop
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Dana Point Shala Program

34207 Pacific Coast Highway, 2nd Floor
Dana Point 92629, CA

Back Bending Workshop

with Jacinthe Mitchell
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Teaching / Homework

The Compass Metaphor - What is your True North?
shala compass

How are you navigating your precious life? Your life is an adventure, so you'll need a compass.
Our Shala geologist Jay explained that with the help of the compass, you will be able to locate yourself (and your current position). After that you can figure out where you're going, and how to get there. To locate yourself, you'll need to find the True North. It's the same in life. If you feel lost, or not sure where you need to go next, stop and find your True North. Your inner wisdom is your inner compass.

True North Mediation
Please get your journal out. On a new page write your name, then write the answers to the following questions:
  1. What is your True North? (What really matters to you?)
  2. How do you locate yourself when in the valleys of life?

Quote of the Week

I invite all of you to embrace the moments of your life as well as the small and large choices you make on how to show up for those moments, every single day of your life. I am most grateful for the gift of your love in my life. ~ Diana

The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.


Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

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...

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