The Path of Light: Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

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50-hour option: Ashtanga Teacher Training Primary Series Intensive
  • DATES: Sunday July 21 - Sunday, July 28
  • COST: $900 (50 hours)

100-hour option: Ashtanga Teacher Training Primary Series Intensive and Practicum with Internship (reserved for approved TT participants only)
  • DATES: Sunday July 21 - Sunday, July 28 + Weekend Practicum with Internship – Friday night through Sunday. Choice of August 16, 17 & 18 or October 24, 25 & 26.
  • COST: $1,950 (100 hours)
Ocean Front, Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala and Pacific Health and Wellness Center
34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 205 & Ste. 209
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

Ashtanga Teacher Training Primary Series Intensive

Each of the 8 days consists of a morning practice, seminars on philosophy and asana clinics. Includes foundational principals of the system of Ashtanga Yoga:

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  • 8 limbs of Ashtanga
  • Ujai: breath practice
  • Bandhas: yoga locks
  • Vinyasa: synchronized breath and movement
  • Verbal directives, hands-on adjusting and ethics
  • The sacred relationship between teacher and student
  • Working with injuries and limitations

Explore the Ashtanga sequence and each pose and vinyasa of the full primary series through 3 lenses:

  1. Asana: physical structure of poses and correct adjustments
  2. Prana: Identifying nadis and vayus, and the value of each asana from an energetic perspective
  3. Chakras: the spiritual and emotional benefits

Learn and practice:

  • the Sanskrit name of each pose
  • counting vinyasa
  • hands-on adjustments
  • effective verbal cues

Weekend Practicum with Internship for Teachers in Training

Mysore Ashtanga
Friday night through Sunday.
August 16, 17 & 18 or October 24, 25 & 26
The weekend includes:
  • Adjustment workshops with Q and A sessions
  • Guided practice teaching and adjusting in Mysore and led Ashtanga classes
Following completion of the Weekend Practicum, each participant will intern once a week for two months at Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala. This is an opportunity for hands-on, in-depth learning where new teachers practice under the guidance and supervision of an experienced teacher. Participation is limited to seven interns in each session, as approved by Diana.

About Diana Christinson


Diana Christinson is the founder and Director of Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Dana Point, CA. She is one of an honored group of students who studied with and received certification to teach the first and second series of Ashtanga yoga by its founder, Shri K Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, Sharat Rangaswamy, at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Diana lived in Asia for two years and began her yoga practice in Kyoto, Japan in 1987, which inspired her lifelong studies of Eastern Philosophy. She began teaching yoga in 1996, and in 1999, after practicing yoga for more than a decade, Diana took the first of 9 trips to India to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute. She founded Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala in 2005.

With a Master’s degree in Psychology, and an appreciation for Eastern philosophies and meditation, Diana’s approach is anchored by her passion to inspire students to use their yoga practice to keep their mind and body healthy. Teaching with an understanding and refinement informed by her anatomical knowledge and keen sense of touch, she is committed to the importance of the student-teacher connection and focuses on helping each student create a practice that is distinctive to the individual.

Application Process

Pre-requisite: Dedicated practice of Ashtanga primary series for at least two years.

Please email to apply. $400 deposit required at time of acceptance to hold your spot, non-refundable after June 15. If you are not currently practicing at Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala, please include a brief summary of your yoga practice history in your email.

Students who complete the training may be eligible for an internship through Pacific Ashtanga. This training is ideal for students wishing to deepen their own personal yoga practice, as well as teachers and those who are ready to begin their teaching journey. The format ensures students will get to practice the skills they learn with small-group and individual attention. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate noting the number of hours completed in training and/or internship. This course is not certified by Yoga Alliance; it is a unique chance to learn a linage and receive mentorship from a seasoned teacher.

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Ashtanga Led Primary