Special Programs

Breathe Now AYA Yoga Meetup

with Diana Christinson and Debbie Berardi
6pm - 8pm
Location: Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala, Dana Point CA

Join Dear Jack Foundation and Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala for our first West coast Breathe Now meetup!

Breathe Now is Dear Jack Foundation's free monthly yoga meetup program for young adult cancer patients and survivors.

  • One hour yoga sessions focusing on restorative yoga, meditation, and breath work. All levels welcome.
  • Yoga sessions are followed by a casual social hour with food and drinks.
  • Breathe Now yoga meetups are complimentary and open to all AYA cancer patients and survivors between the ages of 18-39.

"Incredibly honored and thrilled to be partnering with my teacher, Diana Christinson and Andrew McMahon & his Dear Jack Foundation to bring awareness, support, yoga, breathwork & meditation to adolescents & young adults faced with the diagnosis of cancer." ~ Debbie Berardi

Please register on Dear Jack Foundation web site.

Dear Jack Foundation

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.

Diana Christinson

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.  Read more...

Debbie Berardi

Debbie Berardi

Debbie Berardi is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, and a Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher. She is registered E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and CYT with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). She is also a Senior Faculty member with Cloud Nine Yoga School, leading Teacher Trainings in the Hatha & Vinyasa Styles for both 200hr. and Advanced 300hr. programs.

She received both her 200hr. & 300hr. certifications through Cloud Nine Yoga School. Debbie is also trained by Tim Miller for both Primary and Intermediate Series in the Ashtanga Tradition. She has studied extensively with Nischala Joy Devi, and completed her Yoga of the Heart® intensive training to become certified to work with cancer and heart disease patients.

Practicing and teaching the Ashtanga method is one of Debbie’s passions, however back issues combined with beating breast cancer three times required Debbie to seek more healing modalities of Yoga. She has studied with highly respected Yoga Therapists: Larry Payne, Brian Dorfman and Master Anatomy Teacher Leslie Kaminoff to learn how to incorporate their beneficial, anatomical and safe techniques into her teaching and personal practice. Debbie’s Yoga Tune Up® training with the renowned Jill Miller has been essential in rounding out her teaching style.

No matter what style of class she is teaching, Hatha, Gentle, YTU®, Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga, Debbie’s classes focus on balance & harmony within the physical body, creating a foundation for the same effect on the mental and emotional body…and most importantly to be light & joyful on and off the mat!

"I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 at age 35 and had bilateral mastectomy. In 1997, had a local recurrence and had a lumpectomy & radiation. In 1999 the cancer metastasized to the sternum bone, and I underwent high dose chemotherapy that culminated with being hospitalized for a month at Hoag hospital. I had another round of radiation after that.
I began my yoga practice as soon as I was strong enough in early 2000 and have been cancer free since." ~ Debbie Berardi