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2016 Holiday Music Mix from Diana

My week with Wim Hof

with Diana Christinson
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Price: Free

Diana will share her experience with Wim Hof and the first American Innerfire Academy in Colorado.

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Morning Meditation

What are you For?


Can you be for something and against nothing?
"You are the one that we have been waiting for."

...Let's remember...

"You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour.
Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour!
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your Garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.

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Mobility vs Flexibility and why Breathing makes the difference

with Brian MacKenzie
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Price: $65

Most of us understand flexibility and mobility to be the same or close neighbors. To understand this difference we will introduce you to your breathing. Breathing and the ability to take a full breath of air will give us a fundamental understanding of mobility. Without air, we cannot understand the difference between passive and active range of motion.

XPT Performance Breathing.

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The Balancing Asanas

The Balancing Asanas with Atsuro Chiba
with Atsuro Chiba
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Diwali Celebration

Dear Students -

The Indian New year Diwali marks our 1st month at the Ocean Shala. The festival of the lights is one of my favorite celebrations and this year in particular, I am filled with gratitude!

Thank you for adjusting to change and staying with me as we work through the bumps. Our first few days at the Shala the fan was not working. It is fixed and we have air coming in through the vents. Our body heat is creating optimal humidity for our practice. The past few days we have seen dolphins playing in our ocean drishti. I look forward to practicing with all of you in the new year.

Love & gratitude


Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Sound Healing with Shane Chunephisal
with Shane Chunephisal
11:15am - 1:15pm
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September 29, Thursday:
Students will take deities and pictures from PCH Shala after practice
students pictures - treasures from the shala

Gratitude Puja for the Shala

Gratitude Puja
8:00am - 8:30am

Message from Diana

"Trust yourself and you will know how to live." ~ Goethe

Dear Students-

I teach what I am inspired to personally practice. These last few weeks have been an exciting journey of "trust" and "full living".

Shala - ocean view

Today, especially, I am grateful to each of you for sharing this yoga path and adventure with me.

Last Sunday, I announced to the Shala community that we are moving the Shala to Capistrano Beach, 3 minutes down the road on PCH. SURPRISE!!!!

For me, this move is a 12 year dream that has come true. The Shala story, as most of you know, starts with a blessing and authorization to teach by Sri K Patabbhi Jois in India and a blessing from Ganesh to help find a space for the Shala. In 2005 I began looking for a home. The short version to a beautiful story is that the first place I called that I truly wanted for the Shala was the Surf Center in Capistrano Beach. I called and met my future landlord and now friend, Damian Collins. There were no openings to lease at the Surf Center but Damien was able to offer me a space across from the Harbor. That space became our Shala home for 9 years.

Fast forward, a month ago I was in touch with Damian and by chance, almost joking, I asked if he happened to have any opening at the Surf Center ... "yes". Through serendipitous timing, blessings and good friends I was given the opportunity to move Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala to the shore of the Pacific Ocean. My Dream.


The ocean, the water are my heart's inspiration. It is where I draw energy and passion. I have had the good fortune for over 11 years to teach at a beautiful Shala, at the Harbor and then on PCH. As I have always said, the Shala is not the room or the altar it is the Sangha, the students. I look forward to creating a new Shala space in Capistrano Beach; seeing the ocean during practice, every sun solute, walking across the street to dip my toes in the water, feeling the water on my skin, and sharing this with all of you. I look forward to another year, another chapter of practicing together. The adventure continues.

I am grateful, beyond words for your love and support.

Love & Gratitude

"It is your heart that holds your vision, trust yourself." ~ Unbound by Dorien Israel

Staying Charged

with Brian MacKenzie
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Price: $65

Keep your mind clear and positive. Allow your breathing to challenge your mind to stay more positive and focused. Learn to play the game of breathing.

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Pacific Core Program - First Wellness Seminar

Pacific Core
11am - 12pm

Pacific Ashtanga is proud to announce the official unveiling of our new program Pacific Core. More info...

Vocal Healing & 432hz Spirit Metacine

with Shane Chunephisal and Lynda Arnold
11:30 - 1:30pm
Price: $35

Come experience a dynamic workshop that incorporates various vocal healing arts drawing from different traditions, including toning, call and response singing, healing sounds for the organs, Sanskrit mantras and more.

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Introductory Kriya Yoga Meditation Program

with Kambiz Naficy
11:00am - 2:00pm
Price: $50

Kambiz Naficy is an international Kriya Meditation master coming from the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of Yogi). He has been teaching Kriya breathing meditation and Odyssey self-growth programs to thousands of people across three continents for twenty five years.

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4 Paws - 5 Elements

with Jacqueline Heller, DVM, CVA
11:30am - 1:30pm
Price: $35
Yogic Principles and Your Pet

Yoga creates a healthy climate in our mind, body and spirit. Healthy mind, body and spirit equates to a healthy happy life. Likewise, when animals have healthy bodies and spirits their wellbeing is greatly enhanced.

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Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala Semi-Annual Blood Drive

Blood Drive - July 2016
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!

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Shala Anniversary and Monarch Butterflies Event

Shala Anniversary

Happy Anniversary!

Pacific Ashtanga Anniversary, your yoga anniversary.
Celebrating our 12th year of sangha (community), practice, teachings and "working in the invisible".

"For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!" ~ Dag Hammarskjold

I am grateful to have each of you in my life and excited for our unfolding yoga path into "yes". ~ Diana

~ Photos from the Anniversary Party! ~

Breathe into Flow

Workshop Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie
(Wim Hof Method)
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Price: $65

Using breath to drop into the flow.

Using specific breath techniques from Wim Hof Method to focus and move into your flow/zone. Great for athletes, coaches personal training as well as finding your flow at work and in life.

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Embracing your Energetic Bubble

with Florance O'Neal
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Price: $45

The "aura" or "human energy field" is a bubble of energy, which surrounds and penetrates the body. This bubble of energy underlies and supports the functioning of the body. Contained within this field are the energetic aspects of every structure and function of the body, as well as everything that we experience (physical sensations, thoughts, feelings, states of consciousness, etc.) More info...

Practice and All is Coming

Wim Hof and Brian MacKenzie and Diana Christinson
with Brian MacKenzie
Wim Hof Method
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Price: $65

"Practice and all is coming" ~ Pattabhi Jois 

Increase your energy, improve your sleep, oxygenate your body, reduce inflammation.

Join Brian to learn different daily breath practice options and the power they can have in your life.

This workshop will focus on:

  • Apnea: before bed, helps expand breath holding, relaxes, and increases CO2 absorption.
  • Pranayama: nasal. For increasing CO2 and adapting to CO2, developing patience and control.
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Deepening Your Practice through Understanding the Lineage

Diana with Guruji Pattabhi Jois
with Diana Christinson
11 - 12:30pm
Price: $30

Parampara; Mysore, the History and Lineage of the Ashtanga Practice.

This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the rich lineage of Ashtanga, and unique benefits of the Mysore practice.

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Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing
with Shane Chunephisal
11:30 - 1:30pm
Price: $35

Immerse into the gift of sound and let it wash over you, releasing what no longer serves you, and filling you with joy, light, peace, and higher vibrations! More info...

Cognitive Connection & Feeling your Physiology

Workshops Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie (Wim Hof Method)
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Price: $65

We will be using breathing to understand our own physiological responses, and how to apply various techniques in order to optimize not only the body, but the mind. This is a powerful tool for people to understand as we don't all respond the same way to the same things and may need to vary breathing patterns, or breath holds in order to get more optimal responses. More info...

Book Signing for "The Finest Line"

Book Signing for The Finest Line
with author Rusty Long
6:00 - 8:00pm
Book signing with Rusty Long
~ Potluck ~
Books will be on sale for $40
Acoustic set by Betterlark

A new music project from PA practitioner Gugut Salgado
Betterlark t-shirts $20

Creative Living Workshop

Reading Big Magic by Elisabeth Gilbert

Big Magic - ONE BIG WORKSHOP (all 4 in one)
12:00-1:30 pm

Bring Creativity, Curiosity, Wonder and MAGIC into every corner of your life!

Discussion, sharing, homework and meditation

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An Introduction to the 5 Elements and Chinese Face Reading

Workshop with Cari-Woolcott

with Cari Woolcott
11:00 - 1:00 pm
Price: $40

By looking deeper into the 5 Elements and combining information observed in someone’s face and birthday, a map is revealed about who the person really is and how to live in accordance with their true nature. This workshop will introduce the 5 elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal, and discuss how these patterns can be observed in the personality. More info...

Breath and Ice

Workshops Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie (Wim Hof Method)
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Price: $65

Understanding breathing to help with the cold. How we can raise metabolic rate (metabolism) to help the body adjust to colder environments and using the cold for health benefits. More info...

Tim Miller Equinox Workshop

The Marriage of Shiva and Shakti - Finding Harmony in Duality

Tim Miller at Pacific Ashtanga
11:30 - 2:30 pm
Price: $60
The third and fourth limbs of ashtanga yoga, asana and pranayama, are collectively called hatha yoga - literally, the union of the Sun and the Moon. The practice of asana and pranayama provides us with a very concentrated and tangible experience of duality - inhalation and exhalation, extension and flexion, prana and apana, effort and surrender, etc.

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Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in San Diego

March 3-6, 2016

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2016 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence - Women’s Panel Discussion

Moderated by Shelley Washington with Diana Christinson, Kathy Cooper, Dena Kingsberg, Leigha Nicole and Mary Taylor.
SATURDAY | MARCH 5, 2016 | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Each teacher will share the profound gift of yoga they received from their beloved teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and one of their favorite stories relating to Guruji. This discussion will offer an opportunity for students to ask the teachers questions.

Breaking down difficult poses in the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga

Atsuro Chiba
with Atsuro Chiba
11:15 - 1:15 pm
Price: $40

Learn the principle of difficult Asanas in 1st and 2nd Series through a variety of options and preparation in an anatomically safe way for beneficial practice. Includes Tips, demonstration and Q & A. More info...

Learning Control with Retention Workshop
(how to use throughout the day)

Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie (Wim Hof Method)
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Price: $65

An Overview of the Wim Hof breathing method, with lecture, and practical application of breathing session.

This session will cover the basics of how and why this breathing method works the way it does with an understanding of the actual mechanics of the breath. We will cover the simple and practical applications that it can be used for and have Q & A to allow all questions to get answered.

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Chinese New Year is February 8th.
Good luck for this Monkey year!

It's time to read or re-read Karen Kingston's Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Examine your life and see where you have blockages. Could be in your sock drawer, your bank account, or a relationship. Get clearing and bring new energy into your life!

Deepening your Practice

One Week Yoga Intensive
One Week Yoga Intensive
with Diana Christinson
February 1st - February 7th
(with weekend only option)

We will study the 3 bodies - Physical Body (Asana), Energy Body (Pranic), Mind Body (Spirit). More info...

Breath Flow Yoga

Breath Flow Yoga
with Diana Christinson
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Price: $25

Based in Wim Hof Method and Ashtanga.

Breath Practice, Yoga Flow sequence and meditation. More info...

Breath Vibrant Health

Brian MacKenzie
with Brian MacKenzie
Learn Wim Hof breathing method
9:00 - 11:00 am
Price: $65

A fundamental overview of the Wim Hof breathing method, with lecture, and practical application of breathing session. More info...

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing
with Shane Chunephisal
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Price: $30

Immerse into the gift of sound and let it wash over you, releasing what no longer serves you, and filling you with joy, light, peace, and higher vibrations! More info...

New Year Cleanse

green juice cleanse
Pre-Cleanse Meeting & Information

3 Day New Year Cleanse
January 15, 16 & 17
Price: $120

3 days of Green Juice (juice not included in price)
3 days Yoga & Cleanse exercises
Cleanse Journal
Daily walk, journal, study yoga philosophy, scrub (bath house) & massage (not included in price) More info...

Sankalpa संकल्प

A Workshop on Setting Intention for the New Year

January 2, 2016
11:00am - 12:30pm
Price: $30

Sankalpa - (Sanskrit) conception or idea or notion formed in the heart or mind, solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will. In practical terms, the word, Sankalpa, means the one-pointed resolve to do or achieve... From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

setting intention for the New Year

“How we spend our day is of course how we spend our lives. “ ~ Annie Dillard

How will you spend 2016? You are the author and Hero/Heroine of your story, your adventure.

Join Diana for a powerful workshop to set Sankalpa/Intention for your 2016 adventure.
The New Year is an opportunity for us to pause from our busy lives and give ourselves time for silence and reflection; this gives us inspiration and passion to set intention for the New Year ahead of us.

We will use simple meditations to create inspiration, passion and gratitude for the past and coming year and set beautiful simple rituals to bring them into our lives.

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