Archive - Year 2015

Archive - Year 2016

2015 Holiday Music Mix from Diana

music mix

Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala 2nd Blood Drive

Blood Drive - Give the Gift of Life
Saturday, December 12
8:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Red Cross Bloodmobile
34207 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point 92629

Thank you to all who donated both blood and the delicious goodies!

More info...

Finding Balance and Health Through the Ancient Science & Art of Ayurveda

with Diana Christinson
Saturday, December 5th. 11:30 - 2:30
Price: $60

"Ayurveda (literally, “the science of life”, or “the knowledge of living”, or “the art of longevity”) encompasses far more than mere therapeutic art. Ayurveda addresses everything that makes life worth living..." ~ Dr. Robert E. Svoboda

workshop with Diana

Learn more about the basic principles of this ancient science and how we can take these basic principles of Ayurveda to better understand ourselves.

This workshop is based in the second limb of the 8 limb ashtanga practice and will start with the basic principle of Svadyaya - self study.

Each participant will take a simple Dosha Test to determine their dominant dosha followed by a discussion and lecture on the basic principles of the 3 Doshas and a teaching on creating balance through our yoga practice, diet and life choices.

Please take a Dosha Test online at and bring a copy of the results to the workshop.

This workshop will include a one hour asana practice.

The workshop is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.


Diana at the Montage for the 2015 Mind Body Yoga Series

Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22

Diana Christinson
Saturday - Vijnanamaya kosha, "wisdom - intuition" sheath

The fourth layer of ourselves is our wisdom. Beyond knowledge is wisdom, an inner understanding. This kosha is our internal "yes," a connectedness to ourselves that helps us navigate our lives from our personal strength. This workshop begins with a guided meditation followed by a discussion on this inner sheath. Yoga practice is a meditative flow.

Sunday - Vijnanamaya kosha, "wisdom - intuition" sheath

Wisdom does not come from external knowledge; it is an inner understanding. Both wisdom and intuition are internal qualities we can cultivate. This workshop begins with a slow, powerful meditative yoga flow followed by a discussion on this inner sheath. Beach hike optional.

For more info or to reserve your space, call (949) 715-6010


Diwali Celebration November 2015

Sunday, November 8th - Preparation for Diwali Conference at 8 am
New Moon Wednesday, November 11th - Happy New Year!
Sunday November 15th - New Year Puja 8 am at the Shala

Diwali Celebration at the Shala, Nov 15 2015... Happy Diwali

Life in Motion: Women Wealth & Wellness Seminar

Guest speaker Diana Christinson
Wednesday, November 4
6:30 - 8:30pm

Creating a general sense of wellness and well being through many areas of one's life.

903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 230
San Clemente, CA 92673

Pacific Ashtanga students are invited to attend.


FREE Mysore Workshop w/ Cammie

FREE Mysore Workshop w/ Cammie Saturday, October 17
11:00am - 12:00pm

Start your day with breath, movement and energy!
Cammie Dunn, school teacher and devoted yoga practitioner, invites you to start your Mysore (self practice) at Pacific Ashtanga.

Learn more about the practice of Ashtanga and Mysore, the self practice method. This workshop is for current Ashtanga students looking to start a Mysore practice, and is also a perfect way to dive into the Ashtanga method for those who do not have an Ashtanga practice yet.

David Swenson & Shelley Washington Workshops

October 8 - 11
David Swenson  Shelley Washington Workshop

Friday, October 9
12:00pm - 4:00pm (incl 30-min lunch): Technique, tools & tips for teachers
5:45pm - 8:15pm: Mysore practice and Q & A about Mysore

Saturday, October 10
11:30am - 7:30pm
Half & Half Fun Fest: Half first series and half second series makes for full fun
Inversions and Backbends: Building roots and growing confidence
Eight Limbs and Daily Life: Ancient solutions for modern challenges

Sunday, October 11
12:00pm - 8:00pm (includes 1 hour for lunch)

Led Primary Series
Life, Love and Living with Purpose
Flying, Floating and Handstands


"Making Sense Out of Life"
Kriya Yoga Meditation & Self-Transformation Workshop
June 12-14, 2015 | Dana Point, CA

As part of his worldwide tour, Kambiz Naficy, founder of the Joy of Life Organization, will visit Dana Point, CA to offer a Self-development weekend workshop, based on three foundations:

1. Kriya Yoga, circulating vitalizing breath around key energycenters of the body, balancing body's Life Force and creating calmness of mind and nervous system.
2. Transpersonal Psychology for uprooting self-limiting beliefsstored in the subconscious mind.
3. Falling into harmony with creative quantum forcesto manifest your needs.

Goals to achieve through the workshop:

• Higher concentration and joyful living in the present moment.

• Increased physical energy and inner joy.

• Deeper and more relaxed sleep.

• More patience and love in your relationships.

• Elimination of psychosomatic diseases (migraines,muscular pains, high-blood pressure, insomnia, etc.).

Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Session 1: Friday, June 12th (6:00-9:30 pm)
Session 2: Saturday, June 13th (1:00-4:30 pm)
Session 3: Saturday, June 13th (6:00-9:30 pm)
Session 4: Sunday, June 14th (1:00-4:30 pm)

Weekend Workshop Tuition: $350

Intro Price: $75 - Friday night class


1Self Myofascial Therapy w/ Tiziana
Saturdays: June 13, June 27, July 11 & July 25
11:00am - 12:00pm
$20 each workshop

This is a series of classes on self myofascial and trigger point therapy release implementing the use of foam rollers and balls. Both techniques are similar in that they strive to eliminate connective tissue restrictions, eliminate pain and
restore proper muscular function.
The focus is to re-hydrate the connective tissues and to bring circulation to the muscles in a way that exercise alone or drinking water can't.
These are very effective, safe and cheap methods to help with the repair and prevention of injuries.


1Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala Community Blood Drive
Sunday, July 5
8:00am - 2:00pm
On-line registration coming soon

Make your appointment to donate blood here and use sponsor code PAYS (add the following link to the word "here":
One pint can save 3 lives! Please participate!

Every donor will receive:

  • a free yoga class (free class card) at Pacific Ashtanga
  • Lululemon headband
  • Kelly Perkins' book The Climb of My Life

For those with the most blood donations:

  • 1-hour private yoga class (invite friends) at Pacific Ashtanga
  • 1-hour therapeutic massage at TROVATI Body Therapy
  • 6-16 oz juice from Juicilicious

1The Remembering 2015 w/ Michael Brian Baker
Saturday, July 18
Time & Price TBC
11:15am - 1:15pm (Plus 30 minutes after to mingle with provided snacks. Please note, doors close promptly at the beginning of the workshop.)

Be welcomed and guided into a meditative environment that quiets the mind and soothes the senses. Immerse into a heart-guided teaching. Lay down, cover your eyes, breathe.
Guided Breathwork will take your journey into the heart, to heal your darkest shadows, discover your greatest potential, and experience the miracle of unconditional love.

Michael Brian Baker, founder of The Breath Center, is a student of compassion, humility, yoga and shamanic traditions. He supports people in their own growth, freedom, and self-healing through breathwork, somatic release, and plant-based detox.

No experience necessary. All belief systems welcome! Please arrive 15 minutes early; Doors will be locked at noted start time.
For more info on The Breath Center, click here


Healing Your Heart Through Yoga w/ Melanie Larinde
Saturday, May 16
2:00pm - 5:00pm
$45 per person / Save $5 each when you bring a friend

Recent studies have shown that a flexible spine leads to a healthier heart. Arteries, the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart, pass through the lungs and bring oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, nourishing every single cell.

Breathwork is an integral part of Yoga; in fact you could say it is the HEART of YOGA.
The combination of focused breathwork along with Yoga postures which strengthen and renew suppleness in the tissue, can be instrumental in keeping your heart and arteries healthy.

In this unique Workshop:
INCREASE the oxygenation of blood through Breathwork
STRETCH and STRENGTHEN your body through Yoga postures
QUIET your mind through Meditation

Call to Register by May 13


Guest Instructor for Conference
Sunday, April 26
8:00am - 8:25am

While Diana is teaching in Dallas, we are delighted to have a guest instructor and fellow practitioner, Tiziana, conduct the conference. Our senior teacher, Maria, will lead us in Led Primary Series immediately following the Conference.

Tiziana will provide a prelude to a series of classes on self myofascial and trigger point therapy release, implementing the use of foam rollers and balls. Both techniques are similar in that both strive to eliminate connective tissue restrictions, remove pain and restore proper muscular function.

Trigger point therapy and myofascial release are not a miracle cure for chronic pain - but they surely help! They are underrated self-treatments that have the potential to quickly, cheaply and safely help with many common pain problems that don't respond well to other traditional methods.


Bring the Power of Your Prana into the New Year
with Diana

Saturday, February 7
11:00am -12:00pm

Join us for an inspirational one hour workshop for students who are ready for a shift in energy. Bring a journal and "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" By Karen Kingston. This workshop is part of a "Power Hour" Series with Diana.


Tim Miller at Pacific Ashtanga
Saturday, January 24, 2015
11:30am - 2:30pm
$60 thru Jan 11/ $65 beginning Jan 12

The Essence of Sadhana

Patanjali says, "Tapah svadhyaya Isvara pranidhanani kriya yogah." This sutra gives us a recipe for success in our sadhana—a method for bringing our bodies, minds, and spirit into a state of alignment. Sadhana means "great accomplishment." The great accomplishment of sadhana is to bring forth the best from within us—the light, love, wisdom, compassion, nobility, and generosity that are inherent in our soul. According to Patanjali, our primary obstacles in this endeavor are the klesas—five universal human character flaws that keep us stuck in limited and repetitive states of being. In this workshop we will explore the primary series of ashtanga yoga as an archetype of sadhana, placing it first within the philosophical context of the Yoga Sutras, and then doing the practice as a means of purifying the body, inquiring into the true nature of the self, and empowering the spirit. Hanuman, also known as Sankata Mochana (dispeller of distress), is the deity most closely linked with neutralizing the klesas. The workshop will conclude with the chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa—a prayer to Hanuman for removing the klesas.


Start your New Year with the gift of HEALTH!
Join Diana for a Radiant Health Cleanse and mini Retreat at the Montage Resort January 17th & 18th.
Retreat Cleanse options include: one full day or include one night or full weekend.

Radiant Health Montage Retreat and Cleanse
To achieve radiant health we need to look at the entire self - body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a beautiful foundation for us to explore and improve our overall health. This weekend retreat and cleanse will be an opportunity to take a day or two out of our busy lives to clean our physical body as well as our mental and emotional (spiritual) body.

The cleanse workshop will be based on the yoga Kosha's or sheaths. The Kosha's are layers of the self. Like an onion the sheaths start with the outer most layer, the physical body, and move inward towards the energy body, mind/knowledge body and wisdom/intuition body to our innermost beautiful selves.

The four weekend Retreats and Cleanse are based in yoga and will explore the layers and sheaths of our body and look at how we can cleanse and return to our most vibrant health.

Each workshop will include a cleansing yoga practice, teaching on the Koshas, mediation and journaling. Beach hikes are optional.

The Montage Retreat package will include:

$335.00 (Saturday or Sunday)

Two hour yoga practice, Kosha teaching and cleanse support

60 minutes massage treatment

Special cleanse lunch and juice prepared by Montage Chef

Walking/ hike (optional)

Juicing (optional)

Over night additional cost
Night at the Montage (optional cost separate from package)

January 17 and 18

Annamaya kosha, "body" sheath
The first layer of ourselves is the physical body. This workshop will start with a discussion on the body and the importance of cleansing. The yoga practice will include specific poses to detox and cleanse the body. This workshop includes an optional beach hike.

Annamaya kosha, "body" sheath
The first layer of ourselves is the physical body. The workshop will begin with how and what we eat as part of cleansing and keeping the body healthy. The yoga practice will be a flow practice using yoga poses to detox and cleanse the body. This workshop will include meditation and journaling.


Form & Formless Weekend
with Dr. Manoj Chalam & Jyothi Chalam

Saturday, January 10, 2015
11:00am - 1:00pm

A workshop combining philosophy and experiential spiritual practices, including Archetypes of Hindu/Buddhist deities, Vedanta Philosophy, Mantra and Kirtan chantings, Mythology, Meditation and Satsang, and Spiritual Asana practice that may be incorporated as needed to stretch.
>br /> Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to the archetypes within us. Through mythology, we will uncover hidden symbolisms and learns the four ways to work with them as part of a spiritual practice. Discover how knowing and working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life.
Jyothi will illuminate the practices and knowledge of Vedanta that lead to great peace of mind and prepares you for the goal of analyzing and realizing the Self, or ultimate freedom. When learned and properly assimilated, this knowledge has the power to make you immortal.

Manoj Chalam is an Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University. He has compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities.
Jyothi Chalam is a scholar of Vedanta, the philosophy of self realization. She is also an accomplished musician of the South Indian Classical tradition.


Winster Solstice Moon Practice
with Diana

Sunday, December 21
9:00am - 11:00am
$35 / $40 beginning Dec 9

Start the Winter Season wih a mindful Moon Asana practice followed by a Winter Meditation and Puja.
Appropriate for all levels.


Joy of Life Kriya Yoga Meditation
With Kambiz Naficy

November 14 – 16 (Friday – Sunday)
$300 by Oct 31 / $350 beginning Nov 1

Kambiz Naficy, the founder of the Joy of Life Organization ( will lead you in meditation and self-development workshops which are based on three foundations:

  • Kriya Yoga:  circulating vitalizing breath around key energy centers of the body, balancing body’s Life Force and creating calmness of mind and nervous system
  • Transpersonal Psychology:  for uprooting self-limiting beliefs stored in the subconscious mind
  • Falling into harmony with creative quantum forces to manifest your needs

Goals to achieve through the workshop:

  • Higher concentration and joyful living in the present moment
  • Increased physical energy and inner joy
  • Deeper and more relaxed sleep
  • More patience and love in your relationships
  • Elimination of psychosomatic diseases


  • Friday, November 14:           6:00 – 9:30pm
  • Saturday, November 15:     1:00 – 4:30pm & 6:00 – 9:30pm
  • Sunday, November 16:        1:00 – 4:30pm

Holiday Trunk Show & Open House
At the Shala

Saturday, November 22
10:00am - 1:00pm

Our annual Trunk Show will feature artists from our Shala community, as well as local artists.
Included are handmade jewelry, accessories, and clothing. We are delighted to have Henna Tattoo Artist Lernie Beuler.
We will also have mats, yoga rugs, yoga clothes and Pacific Ashtanga logo'd t-shirts and hoodies. Our Open House will feature a few demonstrations, and is a great time for new students or potential students to come check out the Shala.
Invite your friends and family!!


Tweens & Teens Yoga Summer Class with Kim Westendorf

Tuesdays from June 24 – August 26

3:30 – 4:30pm

$10 per class

Ashtanga Primary series modified just for tweens & teens.  The summer class is geared for the very beginner building weekly on poses and mental stamina in an age appropriate setting.

Yoga improves flexibility, posture, breath awareness, stress management, concentration, energy, stability and balance.  Practicing yoga builds your ability to be calm, focused, balanced and relaxes.  Learning how to control yourself and your emotions helps curb anxiety, builds resiliency, and teaches how to manage stress.

Archive - Year 2016