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...

Chinese New Year Puja

Sunday January 29th 8:15-8:45am.

Happy Year of the Rooster!

34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 205
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624


Next Moon Days

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Wim Hof Academy Announcement

"We are happy and proud to announce that the first class of US Instructors has just graduated! Look for them to offer their workshops on our brand-new platform in the very near future."

Diana is excited and honored to be one of the first Wim Hof Academy Instructors in US.

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Ocean Shala Program

34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 205
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

A New Year of Possibility, Wim Hof Method Workshop

with Diana Christinson
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Vocal Healing & 432hz Spirit Metacine

with Shane Chunephisal and Lynda Arnold
11:30 - 1:30pm
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Dana Point Shala Program

34207 Pacific Coast Highway, 2nd Floor
Dana Point 92629, CA

Vibrant Health for Teens

with Diana Christinson and Richard Beatie
12:00pm - 2:00pm
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Coming in January: "High School Pass" for all teens - 10 classes for $90 (one hour classes).

Empowered Yoga Teacher Training

with Jamie Hanson
January 2017
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Vibrant Life Wellness Cleanse

with Meryl Gwinn and Laura Love
January 17 - February 7
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Ayurveda 101 or Let's Talk Ayurveda

with Sandhiya Ramaswamy
1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Financial Workshop for Yoga Instructors

with Melanie Larinde
12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Chinese New Year

It's time to read or re-read Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui or The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo . Examine your life and see where you have blockages. Could be in your sock drawer, your bank account, or a relationship. Get clearing and bring new energy into your life!

2016 Holiday Music Mix from Diana

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

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...

Yoga Shala / Yoga School

Semester Book

by Kasper van der Meulen
What Doesn't Kill Us
by Scott Carney

Listen to Inteview with by Scott Carney: 'What Doesn't Kill Us'... Invites Practical Medical Benefits.

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Cherry Blossom Yoga Retreat, Japan

Cherry Blossom
Location: Yugawara, Japan - approximately 90 miles north of Tokyo.

Choice of a morning Mysore or led class plus an afternoon workshop each day. More info...

Quote of the Week

Do not mistake the method for the goal.

The method of ashtanga yoga is sound. However, the goal or essence of any yoga practice is elevation of consciousness... The magic is not in the pose, or how you do the pose. or in wether or not you practice ashtanga yoga, Iyengar or Shivananda. The magic is in YOU, in you day after day, week after week, returning to your practice.
That is the magic. ~ Katherine Pew

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Meet Our Students

Jacqueline Heller

Jacqueline Heller
"In 2009 I became board certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and began my yoga practice at Pacific Ashtanga. These two transformative events led me towards a more content, happy and meaningful life. My practice continually helps me live mindfully, with gratitude and an open heart in both my personal and professional lives. Diana and the teachers at Pacific Ashtanga have been instrumental in guiding me down this fulfilling path. My husband and children have joined me on this adventure and practice Ashtanga in their daily lives."

To learn more about Jacqueline's holistic veterinary practice please visit her website

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