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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, mediation and philosophy. The weekly conference on Sunday is part of our semester studies and led by director, Diana Christinson. The teaching includes a book study to correspond to the semester theme.

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is part a beautiful linage of yoga from Mysore India. The Ashtanga Yoga system synchronizes breath and movement and in a progressive series of postures. The practice is holistic in keeping the body, mind and spirit vibrant and healthy.


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(Shala will be closed)
Wednesday 11th - new
Wednesday 25th - full
Thursday 10th - new
Thursday 24th - full

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Finding Balance and Health Through the Ancient Science & Art of Ayurveda
with Diana Christinson
Saturday, December 5th
11:30am - 2:30pm
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BLOOD DRIVE at Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala
Saturday, December 12th
8am - 2pm
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संकल्प    Sankalpa
A Workshop on Setting Intention for the New Year
Setting Intention for the New Year
with Diana Christinson
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
11:30am - 12:30pm
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New Year Cleanse
green juice cleanse
Pre-Cleanse Meeting & Information
January 9th (free)

3 Day New Year Cleanse
January 15, 16 & 17
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School

This semester at the Shala we are studying the Koshas and reading "Light on Life" by B.K.S. Iyengar.

Please read Chapter 2, "Stability - The Physical Body (Asana)".

"It is my hope for all of you that the yoga philosophy and commitment to your studies gives your practice (Sadhana) depth and direction. Philosophy is often translated as "wisdom", and I believe that the understanding that comes from the Koshas will inspire each of you to root deeper into your practice and to continue to grow and expand your own beauty and wisdom." ~ Diana

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YouTube Channel

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