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

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Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

Ashtanga Transitions

with Diana Christinson
11:00am - 12:30pm
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David Swenson at Ashtanga Yoga Center

September 7-9, 2018
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The Heart of Ashtanga Weekend

Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

with Diana Christinson
September 29-30, 2018
- 8 hours Ashtanga Workshop
- One Precious Life Workshop
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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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One Precious Life - The Heart of Ashtanga

Workshop & Retreat
with Diana Christinson
November 8-11, 2018
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Yoga Retreat at RipJack Inn

Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
December 1-8, 2018
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

Homework

Take quiet time after a reading session of "Man's Search for Meaning", reflect on a time in your life when you could not change a situation or a person and instead choose to change your thinking or to change something in yourself.

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Quote of the Week

"A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth-that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire.
Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of human is through love and in love.
I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for the brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved." ~ Viktor E. Frankl, A Man's Search for Meaning

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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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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 www.LoveBigInspires.com The Official Love Big app About Richard Beatie One Precious Life Workshop & Retreat

The Story of Us

Kelly and Andrew McMahon
Kelly and Andrew McMahon

Here was the quote we used for our wedding:
"A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth-that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire.
Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of human is through love and in love.
I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for the brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved." ~ A Man's Search for Meaning

Kelly, Andrew, and Cecilia McMahon

I had read this book in college and it made a huge impact on me. When Andrew was diagnosed with A.L.L., he was 22 and I was 23. It was a terrifying time and we really had no road map to follow. It was the words of Viktor Frankl that kept coming back to me. His quote about "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way" inspired us to choose our own attitude and our own way throughout his treatments and recovery. But ultimately, it was the quote from our wedding that inspired me in my role towards Andrew's healing. I truly believed that love could be his salvation - whether he lived or not, loving him and loving each other through it all would be his salvation - and my salvation for that matter. In situations like our - the truth that Frankl speaks about "love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire" becomes so clear and obvious. And the correlation about how this truth has been "set in song" over and over again through the years seemed so perfect for Andrew as a musician.

When we got married, only 16 months after Andrew received his stem cell transplant, this quote was a reminder to us about what is truly important. To not forget the gift of clarity this experience gave us. It is a road map to all that would come - a reminder to the power of approaching each other and life in general "through love and in love" and how that when we aspire to love each other, even in the midst of life's greatest struggles and tragedies, we are will all find our salvation.

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YouTube 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

Dear Jack Foundation

Diana Christinson has partnered with the Dear Jack Foundation as their dedicated yoga and breath work instructor for the organization's Breathe Now Wellness retreats serving young adult cancer survivors and their signifcant others.

The Dear Jack Foundation supports initiatives and provides programming in order to promote positive health outcomes for adolescents and young adults (AYA), ages 15-39, from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer through survivorship.

Dear Jack Foundation's Breathe Now wellness retreats bring together young adult (YA) survivors and their partners to help rediscover balance in their relationship after cancer. Open to YA survivors who are one to three years removed from their last date of treatment, this thoughtfully designed four-day program harnesses the transformative powers of yoga, meditation, nature, and psychosocial breakout sessions, with a focus on the three themes of identity, strength, and balance. Dear Jack's Breathe Now retreats are professionally guided and designed to help the couple renew, learn, and grow as they live their lives together post cancer. Participation is by referral from the organization's partner hospitals.

Update from Diana - June 2018

"I have just returned from an inspirational retreat in Santa Barbara with The Dear Jack Foundation.
I was honored to share yoga, breath practices, earthing and mediations with the participants. It was exciting for me as this was the first time for everyone to participate in these practices. I had hoped to give each person a practice they could take home and incorporate into their lives.
I left with a heart filled with hope, gratitude and joy. I received the most; I was moved by each person's story and courage. Each participant had shared that they wanted to give back and bring courage and hope to others. I will share their inspiration and carry each of their stories with me.

Please join me as I continue to work with Andrew and his team at The Dear Jack Foundation."

~ Diana