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...

"I had the incredible honor and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and a small group of 40 philanthropists to discuss bringing kindness and compassion into our businesses. His simple message, smile, and laughter was beyond Inspiring!" ~ Diana Christinson


Next Moon Days

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Glacier Challenge - 108 Sun Salutes

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala community supports Flathead Youth Shelter & Glacier Challenge with 108 Sun Salutes and a special gratitude practice.

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Plant Essences

Karen Moe
with Karen-Moe
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Tibetan Bowl & Gong Sound Immersion

Diane Mandle Sound Healing
with Diáne Mandle
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm (sunset)
Light vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Introduction to the Wim Hof Method Workshop

Wim Hof Method
with Diana Christinson
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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3 Vital Steps – Writings by Richard Beatie

Love BIG Project
Workshop taught by Diana Christinson
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Save the Date" more information to follow.
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Meet Our Students

JJ Flowers
JJ Flowers, one of our most dedicated Ashtangies, and a Shala Novelist.

Check out her New Novel Juan Pablo and the Butterflies (Simon and Schuster, May 2017).

Find this book! Inspired by the loss of her husband Dr. John Flowers and their son Jonpaul, Juan Pablo and the Butterflies magically appeared on Jen's keyboard. It is a fast pace spiritual thriller, a page-turner that rips beginning to end.


Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book


Get a foot massage!
Extra bonus: Read Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, by Clinton Ober and Dr Stephen T Sinatra M.D.

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...

Quote of the Week

"The things we have made to keep us comfortable are keeping us weak." ~ Wim Hof

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." ~ John Muir

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." ~ Edward Abbey

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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