Our Sangha / Community

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is located in Dana Point, Orange County, California, midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It is the authorized, traditional Ashtanga Yoga Shala.

Pacific Ashtanga Community - Anniversary 2018

Director and Instructor Diana Christinson is a traditional Ashtanga practitioner, trained by Tim Miller and authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy at the 2nd level at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.

The Story of Us

Pacific Ashtanga Community - group picture

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is more than a yoga school: since its inception in 2005, it has been a sacred space for people from all walks of life to practice. We support each other. As a community, or sangha in Sanskrit, our common goal is health: physical, mental, and spiritual. The benefits we gain as individuals from our yoga practice - such as more energy, focus, peace, and strength - spiral out into our lives beyond the shala. Each member of our colorful community has their own unique story, and each is a vital part of The Story of Us.

Pacific Ashtanga Community - Anniversary 2018
Pacific Ashtanga with david swenson and shelley washington
Ashtanga - Primary Series
Blood Drive - December 2015

"Be a Lightning Bug!" (Explained)

Pacific Ashtanga Community

"Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is dedicated to you, the student. May this always be your sacred place, your school of higher education, the place where you nourish your body, your spirit and respect yourself, your sanctuary."