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 Ocean Shala

Where the Pacific Ocean touches the Soul


Next Moon Days

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Workshops & Events

One Precious Life

48 Day Meditation and Practice
with Diana Christinson
Group I
11am - 1:30pm
Follow-up: Two 1-1/2 hour sessions
Saturday, February 10th and February 24th
11am - 12:30pm
Group II
6pm - 8pm
Follow-up: Two 1-1/2 hour sessions
Monday, March 5th and Monday 26th
6pm - 7:30pm
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Clear Consciousness Meditation

with Eric Berg
Thursdays, January 11th, 18th, 25th
February 1st, 8th, 22nd
6pm - 7pm
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Introduction to the Wim Hof Method

with Diana Christinson
  Date Change:
12:30 am - 4:30pm
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S-t-r-e-t-c-h Your Body

with Melanie Larinde
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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432hz Spirit Metacine Sound Meditation

with Shane Thunder
11:45am - 1pm
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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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Hopes, Dreams, Anticipations and Reality of Practicing Ashtanga Yoga

David Swenson and Shelley Washington
with David Swenson and Shelley Washington
Weekend May 11-13, 2018

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Yoga Shala / Yoga School


Begin to prepare for the Chinese New Year. Look around your life, from your home, garage, car and office to personal relationships, and your physical body. Where do you have blockages (grantis)? Where do you have an abundance of flowing energy? Begin clearing.

Suggested books: Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence - March 1-4, 2018

We are excited to announce Day Passes are now available for the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego, CA! Register Now

Join in a confluence of teaching styles from a collection of Ashtanga yoga’s most influential master teachers stemming from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This is a worldwide gathering you won’t want to miss that will expand your mind, heal your body and feed your soul.
Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson

Diana will be adjusting all weekend and teaching "One Precious Life" mediation workshop on Saturday.

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This is the last Confluence scheduled for a while. Space is limited. Reserve your spot.

Online Ashtanga for Beginners

with Diana Christinson and Lesley Fightmaster
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Anatomy of the Spirit
by Caroline Myss
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Quote of the Week

Sunset Buddha

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Love Big Journal

Love BIG Journal
Now available at

Personal Journal for You,
May you fill the pages with your joys, your passion and creations.
May you reflect and write to bring the clarity you will need in challenging times.
May you know that the answers you seek are within yourself.

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