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

The gRADitude Convergence

A Breath, Yoga, and Mindfulness Workshop for Surfers
with Diana Christinson & Troy Eckert
11:30am - 1:30pm
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Clear Consciousness Meditation - Monthly Meditation Class

Eric Berg
with Eric Berg
2pm - 4pm, 1hr silence
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The 2nd Annual Richard Beatie Scholarship Dinner

6:00- 8:00 pm
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Bala Shala Kids Yoga

with Staci Bina and Hanna Smith
4:30pm - 5:30pm
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Kettlebells for Ashtangis

with Valerie Hedlund
11:00am - 11:30am
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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

Quote of the Week

Understand that the river knows its destination

You have been telling the people,
That this is the eleventh hour.
Now, you must go back and tell the people,
That THIS is the hour,
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living? What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relationship?
Where is your water?
Know your garden...
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.

There is a river flowing very fast.
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.

Understand that the river knows its destination,
The elders say, we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!

At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word 'struggle' from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!

~ Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999);
Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan
Elder of the Hopi Nation
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Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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The Story of Us

Laura Rose

I started my yoga journey 30 years ago. I've had the opportunity to practice with many yoga teachers through this time. I met Diana 3 years ago and would say without a doubt that she embodys a silent strength, profound wisdom combined with perfect articulation of what the practice is all about. When I first came to the Shala, I was surprised how friendly and welcoming everyone was and how Diana took such a personal approach to my practice. I feel as though coming to the Shala is a mini-retreat in my day.

The practice and teachings are very relevant in my work as a Hospice Nurse. For the last 18 years at the heart of my work is the study and practice of spiritual care, assisting hundreds in preparation for a meaningful death. Dedicated to fostering awareness and compassion for those facing their final days, the teachings at the Shala are not only beneficial for the work but essential for my own personal care and growth. Taking Dhristi off the mat and into my life is a constant reminder that this life is a precious journey. How I choose to respond to life creates energy, freedom and space for more love.

With Diana's expertise and knowledge she is able to travel with others in territory that we haven't explored ourselves. It's that exploration of our own inner life that enables us to form an empathetic bridge to others, which is evident in the space she holds for us at the Ocean Shala.


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 The Official Love Big app About Richard Beatie One Precious Life Workshop & Retreat

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