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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Workshops & Events

One Precious Life

Meditations & Practices on Impermanence
with Diana Christinson
5:45pm - 7:30pm
Follow-up sessions:
5:45pm - 7:30pm
5:45pm - 7:00pm
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Clear Consciousness Meditation

with Eric Berg
Thursdays, March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
6pm - 7pm
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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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Hopes, Dreams, Anticipations and Reality of Practicing Ashtanga Yoga

David Swenson and Shelley Washington
with David Swenson and Shelley Washington
Weekend May 11-13, 2018

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Quote of the Week


"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Invitation to the intention for 2018 ~ Be a better lover.

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Invitation to the intention for 2018 ~ Be a better lover.

Fill a page with names of those you love, and why you love them.
Fill another page with what you love and the reasons why you love these things and experiences.
Love is our medicine, our true wealth. Go out, share it. Smile at someone. Give a compliment. Hug someone. Kiss. Make someone laugh. Love bigger. Walk into room and make it brighter.

Please watch Dacher Keltner video on the Vagus Nerve.

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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.
One Precious Life Meditation and Practice Guide
The Official Love Big app
One Precious Life Workshop

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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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