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...

Anniversary Puja
Shala Anniversary Celebration
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wine tasting with Yogi and Sommelier Chiara Shannon and Nicole Ferro So Hum chocolate. (Please register).
7pm - 8:30pm
Snack luck party. Bring a little something to share and celebrate our beautiful Shala community.



Happy Anniversary Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala!

Ocean Shala Blessing from Diana...

Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

Simple Pleasures

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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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, 2018 - December 8, 2018
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Yoga Shala / Yoga School

In Yoga & in Life

Diana's Anniversary Hopes, Tips, and Intentions

Always practice Balance.
- Practice Dedication & discipline, balanced with with surrender & joy.

Breath is your number one fuel
- Make specific commitments and goals for your breath in practice and in life.

"Work in the invisible at least as hard as the visible" ~ Rumi
- Practice mindfulness rather than mindless bringing consciousness to practice and life.

"Loosen your toes" ~ Guruji
- Lift the toes and root down deep into the floor to ground from the inside into the depth of your body and soul. Find depth in rooting. Become your biggest most expansive self.

The asana serves you. You do not serve the asana.
- Ask the question: Is the pose serving me and how? Always assess & reassess.
- Modify your pose - it is your pose. (try this with life-relationships, work...)

The practice is a dance. Enjoy moving with it.
- Move forward, enjoy the change, moving back, witnessing. Everyday observing.
Practice effort balanced with non-attachment.

"Yes, you doing tomorrow." ~ Guruji
- Try your best; then let it go. There is always tomorrow.

Move from your core.
- Bandhas builds strength and creates lightness. Take them home and use them.

Maintain your joy.
- Practice smiling and laughing whenever possible.

Respect and honor yourself.
- Remember to tell yourself what a great job you are doing.

Finish Each practice with thank you.
- Every practice has a gift. An opportunity to acknowledge your incredible heath and blessing.

Semester Book

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster

The course is set up with a simple format of lectures (explaining specific methods of practice), tutorials (explaining postural alignment and modifications to poses) and practice videos (ranging from a 15 minute sun salute practice to a 45 minute introduction to Ashtanga practice). The course includes a 30 day plan for students new to the practice.
I hope this course will inspire you and create a healthy mind, body and spirit for you at your home or wherever life may take you.
Diana Christinson
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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.

48 Day Meditation and Practice Guide The Official Love Big app About Richard Beatie One Precious Life Workshop & Retreat

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