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


Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23

6am Mysore as scheduled.
9:30am class is Cancelled.

Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

Give the Gift of Love - Holiday Love Big Trunk Show

Gifts - Journals & Malas
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Holiday Wrapping of Journals & Malas
Follow us to Sunsets Bar afterward for time with your Shala friends.

Glowga Family Yoga

with Staci Bina
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Weekend with David Swenson and Shelley Washington

David Swenson and Shelley Washington
Save the Date!
May 11-13, 2018

Quote of the Week

Symptoms of Peace. ~ Native American Cultural Center
  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in judging self.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry (This is a very serious symptom)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Ashtanga Yoga is a Discipline that requires discipline.
Simple words of wisdom from our teachder, Patabhi Jois ~ lovingly Guruji:
"When the breath control is correct, mind body control is possible."
"Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff."
"You can take practice. Don’t talk."

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Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence - March 1-4, 2018

Join in a confluence of teaching styles from a collection of Ashtanga yoga’s most influential master teachers stemming from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This is a worldwide gathering you won’t want to miss that will expand your mind, heal your body and feed your soul.
Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson

Join Diana for the 2018 Confluence. She will be adjusting all weekend and teaching a mediation workshop Saturday.

Living with Love and Purpose Beyond Asana

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This is the last Confluence scheduled for a while. Space is limited. Reserve your spot.


Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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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

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