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 Shala

Where the Pacific Ocean Touches the Soul


Next Moon Days

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Share Our Shala

As we begin the summer season, I pause and reflect on the many gifts of paradise here in Southern California. I am grateful for our Ocean Shala on the beach and look forward to taking walks and earthing after practice. I am thankful I found the practice of ashtanga, and for the privilege of sharing the practice and its teachings for the past twenty years.

I celebrate the beautiful community that is Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala. We are moving into our 14th year of practicing together. Since the very beginning, our community has grown and sustained itself from your referrals, in a very organic, "grassroots" kind of way.

In honor of our upcoming anniversary, please join the "Share Our Shala" campaign during the month of June. I invite you to share the practice, teachings and community with friends and family. Here's how:

In person:
  • Pick up Free Class Cards to give friends so they may try a class at our Shala.
In gratitude,

Workshops & Events

Summer Solstice 108 Sun-salutes Fundraiser

Yoga Gives Back

with Timea Agnew
7:00 pm
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Strength through Stretching

with Melanie Larinde
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mysore is for Everyone

with Diana Christinson
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Yoga Teacher Training

with Lesly Fightmaster and Brett Larkin
MODULE 1 - The Uplifted Body
April 9 - April 17, 2018
MODULE 2: - The Uplifted Soul
September 10 - September 18, 2018
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School


As part of your Svadhyaya (self-study) write a small essay "The Meaning of Life".

Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
7 Lessons Learned From Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (Book Review), by Ben McEvoy
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Quote of the Week


"Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'." ~ Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." ~ Viktor Frankl

"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." ~ Viktor Frankl

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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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Yoga Retreat at Rise Up Surf

Chinandega, Nicaragua

Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua
December 1, 2018 - December 8, 2018
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One Precious Life - The Heart of Ashtanga

Workshop & Retreat
with Diana Christinson
November 8-11, 2018
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Love Big Inspires

Love BIG Journal

Love Big Inspires mission is to encourage and inspire people to continue to become the most healthy, happy version of themselves through reflection, creativity and growth. We want to encourage and challenge people to actively show up for life and be fully present for the moments and days, remembering each day is limited and precious.

48 Day Meditation and Practice Guide The Official Love Big app About Richard Beatie One Precious Life Workshop & Retreat

Meet Our Students

Troy Eckert

Troy Eckert is an avid surfer and worked with Volcom clothing for 20 years in marketing. Since his introduction to yoga about 10 years ago his passion has only grown. So much so that he is launching an environmentally and socially responsible mens yoga clothing brand. It's called KOZM. The website landing page can be found at
Dear Pacific Ashtanga students, please use Coupon code: pacificashtanga for 20% off plus free shipping at checkout to purchase anything from site.

"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."


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