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

~ Message from Diana ~


Next Moon Days

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Tibetan Bowl & Gong Sound Immersion

Diane Mandle Sound Healing
with Diáne Mandle
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm (sunset)
Light vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Introduction to the Wim Hof Method Workshop

Wim Hof Method
with Diana Christinson
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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3 Vital Steps – Writings by Richard Beatie

Love BIG Project
Workshop taught by Diana Christinson
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Love Big Project Fish Dinner and Beer & Wine Tasting

Richard Beatie Kid - Fishing on the Banks
5:00 - 8:00 pm
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Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala Fall Retreat

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala - Mysore Practice
October 30th - November 5th, 2017
Location: Ocean Shala, Capistrano Beach, CA
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Quote of the Week


"At last I have discovered the secret: do whatever your heart leads you to do - but do it." ~ Truman X. Jones

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Yoga Shala / Yoga School


Read page 125-131 Mindlift 9 ways to catch the wind in your sail even the "merest puff". More homework...

Semester Book

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...

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