Our Sangha

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala

Ashtanga San Salute

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is located in Dana Point, California, midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It is the only authorized, traditional Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Orange County with many of its students from Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, El Toro, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, San Clemente, Irvine, and Huntington Beach; some traveling as far as Seal Beach and Chino Hills.

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.

Our Sangha

Sangha, is a word in Sanskrit roughly translated as "community" with common goal, vision or purpose.

Here we welcome everyone to get a glimpse of our community. From sharing our work to support the Tibetan refugees, to our efforts to save the monarch butterfly and encourage environmentally friendly lifestyles.

There is also a Student Blog area where you will find interesting articles, photos, and videos posted by our students.

Personal Challenge

Practice EVERY DAY for one year. Practice can be a sun salute with meditation.

  1. Your daily practice (whatever it consists of) 6/days per week and 5/days per week on Moon days.
  2. Daily two-minute meditation of gratitude.

About Practice

Guruji's words: our practice has three bodies – external, internal and spiritual. Own your practice. Develop stamina, energy, strength. "Stand correct" Open up to self knowledge.

Chopin's Prelude 4 in E – The beauty of the music is found in how we play each note. The beauty of our practice is found in how we articulate each breath and movement. The beauty of life is found in being present for each moment.

Honor the "gifts" of our practice – vinyasas and breath "link" together our practice.

Remain present, focus on your perfect breath, engagement of all muscle groups like "moving our bodies through water." Articulate movement – reach to your edge – punctuate your breath/movement.

Mind training – master our own minds with focus, remaining present, every breath, each vinyasa.

Raise the bar !!!