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 www.petsacupuncture.com.

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 thekozm.com, and the official e-commerce launch is June 21, 2016 (international yoga day).

"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."

Phillip Nardulli

Phillip Nardulli, photographer, artist, adventurer and yogi.

See some of Phillips work next time you are at John Wayne (March 16, 2016 through April 13, 2016) or visit www.nardulli.com.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to share my photographic artwork with fellow travelers from around the world. If my work inspires viewers to take time to observe and treasure the Earth's unspoiled features, I have fulfilled my goal of sharing my appreciation of the planet's intrinsic wonders."

Diane Alcorn
"Practicing at the Shala means the world to me. I've been here since its inception nearly 12 years. There are so many facets to our meditative breath practice. It helps us to become more mindful of things in our everyday lives. It has boosted my energy and flexibility. Everyday, Diana's conferences give us a little morsel of how we can better our lives whether it's spiritual, physical or emotional. Diana has taught us how to be more optimistic and live our lives trying to focus on others rather than only on ourselves. Wim Hof breathing has changed us all. It has given me more energy and helped to fix little health problems that crop up... especially with us older folks. And it fits in so beautifully with our breath practice! That Diana is a treasure is an understatement. I think she is a throwback to another time. I'm sure Guruji beams with pride as he watches her carry on the lineage in our Ashtanga practice."
Cathy McKnight
Cathy McKnight, our Shala Chef and beautiful bright light.
"For me, yoga Energizes and keeps me balanced. The kitchen can be soo crazy! Keeps me physically strong and able to embrace challenges!!"
We're excited about Cathy's new company Model Meals. It's a Southern California meal delivery business focused on making clean eating easier with a focus on supporting local, organic farms and their communities, and supplying clients with the most premium natural fuel that this earth has to offer. Cathy is offering a 10% discount to Pacific Ashtanga Students.
Gugut Salgado
Gugut Salgado, artist, musician, songwriter, producer, engineer, surfer, golfer, goofball, big fan of Intro to Ashtanga.
"No matter what kind of day It's been, I always feel better after yoga. Ashtanga is a meditation for me. It resets and recharges me. I never regret practicing."
We're so proud and excited as Gugut launches Betterlark, his new musical venture. Listen at betterlark.com and watch on YouTube. Enjoy and SHARE!
Time Stands Still by Betterlark (Official Music Video)
Chris Wagaman
Chris Wagaman, professional athlete, soccer coach and Ashtanga Mysore student.
"Mysore practice is my time to be honest with myself about comitment through true grit and determination with a twist of elegance."