Thank You

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, that will be suffice." ~ Meister Eckhart

Thank You ~ Diana

Diwali Celebration

A Meditation on Lovingkindness

Begin with yourself. Breathe gently, and recite inwardly the following traditional phrases directed to your own well-being. You begin with yourself because without loving yourself it is almost impossible to love others.

May I be filled with lovingkindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.

As you repeat these phrases, picture yourself as your are now, and hold that image in a heart of lovingkindness. Or perhaps you will find it easier to picture yourself as a young and beloved child. Adjust the words and images in any way you wish. Create the exact phrases that best open your heart of kindness. Repeat these phrases over and over again, letting the feelings permeate your body and mind. Practice this meditation for a number of weeks, until the sense of lovingkindness for yourself grows.

When you feel you have established some stronger sense of lovingkindness for yourself, you can then expand your meditation to include others. After focusing on yourself for five or ten minutes, choose a benefactor, someone in your life who has loved or truly cared for you. Picture this person and carefully recite the same phrases:

May you be filled with lovingkindness.
May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May you be well in body and mind.
May you be at ease and happy.

Let the image and feelings you have for your benefactor support the meditation. Whether the image or feelings are clear or not doesn’t matter. In meditation they will be subject to change. Simply continue to plant the seeds of loving wishes, repeating the phrases gently no matter what thoughts may arise. Expressing gratitude to our benefactors is a natural form of love. In fact, some people find lovingkindness for themselves so challenging, they begin their practice with a benefactor. This too is fine. The rule in lovingkindness practice is to follow the way that most easily opens your heart.

This year we dedicate the light and love from our Mangrove tree shala to our families, the community and the world.

Mysore Practice

"The world is forever static, precise, dependable, predictable, fixed and logical. You, however, are radiant, imaginative, expressive, impetuous, totally alive, undulating creative energy. You are the cause and the world is your effect." ~ Dorien Isreal, "Unbound"

"I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true." ~ Debi Thomas


These are the special days before the Indian new year Diwali.
Get your journal out from last year. Review your intentions and your year past. Tuesday night you will be filling a new journal with gratitude for the year past and setting new intention.
Prepare: buy your candles, flowers and a new outfit to wear on the morning of Diwali. These next few days we will prepare by cleaning our homes and settling any outstanding affairs or debt.
Love and excitement! ~ Diana


"I like insects for their stupidity. A paper wasp-poliste-is fumbling at the stained-glass window on my right. I saw the same sight in the same spot last Sunday: Pssst! Idiot! Sweetheart! Go around by the door! I hope we seem as endearingly stupid to God- bumbling down into lamps, running half-wit across the floor, Banging for days at the hinge of an open door." ~ Annie Dillard, "Teaching a Stone to Talk"

In Yoga as in life: More awareness, less effort.
Smile next time a fly or wasp is at your door banging, or next time you sense you may be sitting on your own ticket. These could be messengers or teachers.
Read an excerpt from Robert Fulghum's book...


Using examples of ceremony from different cultures and traditions create your own morning rituals puja to open your door to the day with intention and blessings.

Understand that the river knows its destination

"When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?" ~ Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

"Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you." ~ Rumi


Using examples of ceremony from different cultures and traditions create your own morning rituals puja to open your door to the day with intention and blessings.

Understand that the river knows its destination

You have been telling the people,
That this is the eleventh hour.
Now, you must go back and tell the 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 the right relationship?
Where is your water?
Know your garden...
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.

Ocean Drishti

"The question is not what you look at, but what you see." ~ Henry David Thoreau

10th Drishti at Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala ~ The Ocean.
Last week we celebrated our second year at the Ocean Shala; I never get tired of looking across the way to the blue ocean we are blessed to call home.
Using our gazing point in yoga as a reminder in life, what or who do we look at often and forget to really see?


Using our gazing point in yoga as a reminder in life, what or who do we look at often and forget to really see?

Where are you distracted?  What is your squirrel?

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." ~ Buddha

Take your Dhristi off your mat and into your life, where are you focusing your attention? Where are you distracted? What is your squirrel?

"Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny." ~ Gandhi


This week observe the little moments of your life; where are you hurrying to the next thing rather than being fully present in the precious moment at hand? This week notice, how are you shaping your mind? Where is your focus? Create space to choose Joy.

Envoyer mon amour de la Cote de Basque a Biarritz

Drishti - Focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. It relates to the fifth limb of yoga pratyhara concerning sense withdrawal, as well as the sixth limb Dharana to concentration (to hold).

"As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds." ~ The Dhammapada, Translated by Eknath Easwaran


This week notice, how are you shaping your mind? Where is your focus? Create space to choose Joy.


"Mala" is a Sanskrit term that means garland. In India, there are many different kinds of malas. There are japamalas, made up of sacred beads strung on a thread which are used in prayer for counting and keeping focused on the repetition of a mantra. There are pushpamalas, which are garlands of vivid flowers, smelling of jasmine and other scents, that are strung in the form of wreaths and offered in worship to deities in homes and temples.
Jois here offers another kind of mala, which is ancient in tradition, as sacred as a prayer, and as beautiful as flowers. His mala is a garland of yoga, in which each vinyasa is like a sacred bead to be counted and focused on, and each asana is like a fragrant flower strung on the thread of the breath.
Just as a japamala adorns the neck and a pushpamala adorns the gods, so too does this garland of yoga, when diligently practiced, adorn our entire being with peace, health, radiance, and, ultimately, self-knowledge.
~ Eddie Stern – Foreword in Yoga Mala -

Allow this beautiful mala practice to create spaces for you to choose to show up fully for the precious moments of your life.


This week observe the little moments of your life; where are you hurrying to the next thing rather than being fully present in the precious moment at hand?

Dharana to hold, to focus

"Why Hurry?" - Guruji
One of my most powerful and meaningful teaching from Guruji was during a class in India when he stopped the entire class to ask one students, "Why Hurry?" (watch our conference for the story)


This week observe the little moments of your life; where are you hurrying to the next thing rather than being fully present in the precious moment at hand?

Dharana to hold, to focus

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor E. Frankl


This week observe, how do you create "space" in your mind to choose love, compassion, courage in the moments of your life? Everyday day is filled with hundreds of small and large choices. The "space" opens a door to our internal world; the quality of our thoughts creates our reality and influences the quality of our actions.


When Viktor is being transferred to another camp and knows he may die. He asked his friend to memorize his "will" to give as a message to his wife.
"...then there was nothing else to do - to make my will:
"listen Otto, if I don't get back home to my wife, and if you should see her again, then tell her that I talked to her daily, hourly. You remember. Secondly, I have loved her more than anyone. Thirdly, the short time I have been married to her outweighs everything, even all we have gone through here." ~ Viktor E. Frankl


Homework this week is from the One Precious Life Mediation & Practice:
If you thought you may never see the person you loved again; and you could give your dear friend a message, your "will" what would you say?
Write 1-3 sentences to your loved one as your "will".
Then... give this to the person you love.

homework - music, tea, garden

"There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions, as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one's life.", "Nevertheless, Say "Yes" to Life: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp" ~ Viktor E. Frankl

"On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden." ~ Maya Angelou


This week, follow in the footsteps of Maya Angelou, play your favorite music loudly, sit in the garden, sip your favorite drink and say, "yes! to life".


"A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth-that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire.
Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of human is through love and in love.
I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for the brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved." ~ Viktor E. Frankl, A Man's Search for Meaning


"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." ~ Viktor E. Frankl

"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
~ Viktor E. Frankl

Ocean Shala Blessing


May the view of the vast blue ocean remind you of your infinite possibility.
May this community raise your energy to support your highest potential.
May the sound of breath stir a deep connection to your soul and your calling.
May the unique scent of incense bring you a peace, knowing you are home,
surrounded by love and support.
May this practice be a light on your path.
May the light you are brighten the path for others.
May you feel surrounded by light and inspired by its illumination in all you do.
May you always take this practice out these doors and into the corners of your life making the world a brighter place.

Thank you for being part of the light of our beautiful mangrove tree we call, Shala.
It is an honor to be a little lightning bug on your path.

~ With love and gratitude, Diana


A fathers wish for his son.
"Now I realize that I want Leo to be like my father. I don't just want him to be happy, but also to make everyone around him happier. To not only be creative, but to make everyone around him more creative. To not only be successful, but to make everyone around him more successful. I don't just want him to be a bright light; I want him to make others shine brighter as well." ~ Shawn Achor,
Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being


"Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer." ~ Joseph Campbell


"Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'." ~ Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." ~ Viktor Frankl

"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." ~ Viktor Frankl

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." ~ Joseph Campbell

Joie De Vivre ~ Joy of life


"A worthy aim makes life illumined, pure and divine. Without such an aim, action and prayer have no value. Life without tapas is like a heart without love." ~ BKS Iyengar

"It is tremendously important to develop a powerful relationship with failure. If you are a coward and stopped by failure, there is no way to develop. Making mistakes is the most valuable training there is. My teacher used to say, you can't play good music unless your heart has been broken. So maybe the answer is to have more broken hearts and get on with it. That's why I teach my students to celebrate mistakes. Every time they make mistakes I say, 'How fascinating!' ( he stretches his arms up in the air and smiles).
~ Ben Zander, Boston Massachusetts International Conductor, Interview - Roadtrip Nation

Falling out of Handstand

"Life is far too short, and there are plenty of mistakes we do not need to make - and some we need to make."
"...you learn how to recover from falling by falling! It is precisely by falling off the bike many times that you eventually learn what balance feels like." ~ Richard Rohr

Moon set

"Barn's burnt down/ Now I can see the moon." ~ Mizuta Masahide

A beautiful metaphor for our brokenness that opens us.
At times the barn has burnt down and there is no view of the moon. All we can do is pick up the rubble of what is left. In this we are sometimes given the opportunity to help another. Our loss and brokenness can become a support to others.

"Creator of all we are! All we have! All we ever shall be!
I give to You my most humble gratitude.
I thank You for life and all that pertains to life about me.
I thank You for giving me this opportunity of life in this form so that I may walk among Your wonders with knowledge and given the option to be considerate and to care.

I give You gratitude for those untold billions of lives that graciously gave themselves over to maintain this life over these many years, humbling me by their unselfish sacrifice just to keep me walking here. So much so as to realize the sacredness of life, upon this earth I share. Doubly grateful with each day, just knowing You placed them there.

I ask Your forgiveness Oh Great MYSTERY for all the petty things I've done. Cursing, griping and groaning over pains and shames thats done, with so little consideration for all the wisdom won.

With gratitude for all that was given and all that may yet to come. I give myself unto Your keeping to let Your will be done. Humbly asking and beseeching to use this aged parchment to face Your drum. Stretch it to its limit until under Your slightest touch it gives its loudest strum. Your drum signals given to all about and all that's yet to come.

Forgive me if I sound selfish Oh Mystery after all you have already done. But for myself I have but one wish, perhaps a foolish one. That on that day when the mystery unfolds before me, when the work of this flesh is done, That I may utter with my final breath, "I DID ALL I SHOULD HAVE DONE!"

Thus I pause in this unending prayer, ending as was begun, with undying gratitude for everything You have given and for all that You have done.""
~ Wanish, (Thank you) Blue Turtle


"Wherever crows are, there is magic. They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength. They remind us to look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic in our life. They are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive within our world everyday and available to us." ~ Ted Andrews, "Animals Speak"

Buddha Sunset

"Archetypes are universal patterns of power emerging from our myths and beliefs, and that these myths and beliefs, in turn, invisibly weave their influential threads into the way we view every aspect of our lives." ~ Caroline Myss, Archetypes

Diana Heros Journey

"So get ready for a great adventure, the one you were really born for... get ready for some new freedom, some dangerous permission, some hope from nowhere, some unexpected happiness, some stumbling stones, some radical grace, and some new and pressing responsibility for yourself and our suffering world." ~ Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

Nepal Update - 2017
Nepal Update - 2017
Nepal Update - 2017
Photos from Nepal - 2017

"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." ~ Joseph Campbell

call to adventure
call to adventure

"The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero." ~ Joseph Campbell

Parisa explains Persian New Year ritual

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." ~ Rumi

"Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees." ~ Rumi

"I have been on the look out for hawks; now I see hawks everywhere.
I have committed to seeing and being love. Love is all around me.
What do you see?" ~ Diana

Excerpt from "7: How many days of the week can be extraordinary?"
"Live consciously. Treat each day as if it’s a miniature lifetime. In this way I have learned to get more life out of one day than I used to get out of entire years."

"Time is a very precious gift….. so precious that it is only given to us moment by moment." ~ Amelia Barr

Richard a boy

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Invitation to the intention for 2018 ~ Be a better lover.

One Precious Life workshop

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love." ~ Sophocles

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence Womens

"Do whatever brings you to life, then, follow your fascinations, obsessions and compulsions. TRUST THEM. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart." ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

"This is a subtle truth: whatever you love, you are." ~ Rumi

Sunset Buddha

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." ~ Henry David Thoreau

ocean walk

"Every single choice we make is either going to enhance the spirit or drain it. Every day, we're either giving ourselves power or taking it away." ~ Caroline Myss


"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ Andre Gide

Where will your 2018 adventures take you? What passion will give you the inspiration and courage to venture out and loose sight of your safe, familiar shore?

Pacific Ashtanga Led First Series

"Every adventure requires a first step." ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

"Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

Winnie the Pooh

"When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen." ~ A.A. Milnie

"It is not a question of being happy or satisfied, but to feel the fire inside."
~ Anais Nin


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." ~ Joseph Campbell
2018 begins, what will you say YES to??
weather vane

Let me Walk in Beauty

Sioux Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
Hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty
and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
And my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.


"When all your desires are distilled: you will cast just two votes:
To love more, and be happy". ~ Hafiz

Say a kind word
Give a kiss
Share a big hug
Send notes of appreciation
Send a text of gratitude
Compliment others
Hold hands

Today choose love

The big love glass heart was individually made by Laguna Beach artist "heartiest" Hillel Rzepka


"The appearance of things changes according to the emotions and thus we see Magic and beauty in them, while magic and beauty are really in ourselves." ~ Kahlil Gibran (part of the Love Big Journal)

This time of the year is filled with traditions and rituals of love. Let this special time open your eyes and hearts to the beauty and magic that surrounds you. ~ Diana


"I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks and the way you feel. Life is Art." ~ Helena Bonham Carter

Ocean Shala Sunset Lantern

"We're all traveling through time together every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride."
"I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to this one day to enjoy it as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary life."
~ Quotes from movie "About Time"

Led Ashtanga Class

"Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga." ~ K. Pattabhi Jois

"The full ashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one's heart." ~ K. Pattabhi Jois

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi

Mysore Practice

"There are three types of disease: body disease, mind disease, and nervous system disease. When the mind is diseased, the whole body is diseased. The yoga scriptures say 'The mind is the cause of both bondage and liberation'. If the mind is sick and sad, the whole body gets sick, and all is finished. So first you must give medicine to the mind. Mind medicine: that is yoga."
~ K. Pattabhi Jois

Off our matts remember our teachers words of wisdom. Choose liberation. Yoga is our medicine for life. Take your practice out of the Shala and into your life.


Symptoms of Peace. ~ Native American Cultural Center
  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in judging self.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry (This is a very serious symptom)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Ashtanga Yoga is a Discipline that requires discipline.
Simple words of wisdom from our teachder, Patabhi Jois ~ lovingly Guruji:
"When the breath control is correct, mind body control is possible."
"Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff."
"You can take practice. Don't talk."

Say a hearty yes to your adventure

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure" ~ Joseph Campbell

Holding Hands

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death." ~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts On Common Things

"These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

Holding Hands
  1. Share everything.
  2. Play fair.
  3. Don't hit people.
  4. Put thngs back where you found them.
  6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
  7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.
  8. Wash your hands before you eat.
  9. Flush.
  10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
  12. Take a nap every afternoon.
  13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK."

"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." ~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe

"One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ Andre Gide

What is your vision for yourself? Set your intentions and BEGIN. BE BOLD. EXPECT MAGIC.

Diwali Celebration

"In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision." ~ Dalai Lama


"Listen -- are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?" ~ Mary Oliver

Diana's question today -
What is the quality of your breath, your energy, your life?

Dr Seuss

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go." ~ Dr. Seuss

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Happy New Year!

Beach Walk

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." ~ Carlos Castaneda

"And suddenly you know: it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." ~ Meister Eckhart

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." ~ Buddha


Great Spirit of Light, come to me out of the East with the power of the rising sun.
Let there be light in my words, let there be light on my path that I walk.
Let me remember always that you give the gift of a new day.
And never let me be burdened with sorrow by not starting over again.

Happy Dollar

"Then what shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of coarse, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and that one, is what we are doing... There is no shortage of good days."
"This is living... could it be more perfect?" ~ Ann Dillard

Fill your "dollar" with the hours of your life that make your life rich and beautiful; your true wealth. Place the happy dollar in your wallet to remind you, you are blessed and wealthy. (entry from 48 Day Meditation & Practice.)

Diana Christinson and Dalai Lama

"We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninty or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contibute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life." ~ The Dalai Lama

Love Big Journal

"...this is your story, your adventures, your hopes and dreams. As you turn the next page of your life, what will your unfold? Your life is a mystery, an adventure filled with passion, joy, laughter, sorrow, challenges and love.
You are the Hero/Heroine of your story.
This is your story your great adventure." ~ Love Big Journal

"The important point of spiritual practice is not to try to escape your life, but to face it-exactly and completely." ~ Dainin Katagiri Roshi

"Remember one thing only: that it's you - nobody else - who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you." ~ E. E. Cummings

Imagine all the people living life in peace

Our question: "Can you be for something and against nothing?"

"Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life." ~ Elie Wiesel

"Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world." ~ Elie Wiesel

What are your FOR? Noah's inspiration. Call to personal action no matter how small.

Rather than being against hate be for LOVE - LOVE RULES!!!!!

ocean wave

"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." ~ Joseph Campbell

"The question is wether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." ~ Joseph Campbell

What will you say "YES" to ...today?


"Nobody can bring you peace but yourself." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The quality of our minds becomes the quality of our lives." ~ Diana

Experiment in Svadhyaya (self study) commit to a 30 day meditation.


"You can study gravity forever without learning how to fly. " ~ Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage.

"Travelers, there is no path. Paths are made by walking."~ Antonio Machado

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs most is more people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman


"At last I have discovered the secret: do whatever your heart leads you to do - but do it." ~ Truman X. Jones

sun light

"I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind. Light, be it particle or wave, has force: you can rig a giant sail and go. The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff"
~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


"And the day came when the risk it took to remain in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin

This week focus on enlarging your comfort zone instead of being out of it. Mindlift

Anniversary Puja 2017

July 1, 2005, Diana opened the doors of Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala. As we celebrate this anniversary, and begin another year, Diana will use the following essay for the quote of the week.

Work In The Invisible

The prophets have wondered to themselves,
"How long should we keep pounding this cold iron?
How long do we have to whisper into an empty cage?"

Every motion of created beings comes from the creator.
The first soul pushes, and your second soul responds,
beginning, so don't stay timid.

Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain
whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor.
Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure."

Diana Christinson and Dalai Lama

"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place." ~ Rumi
Translation: Own it.

Remember, "We are the ones we have been waiting for."

ocean walk

"The things we have made to keep us comfortable are keeping us weak." ~ Wim Hof

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." ~ John Muir

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." ~ Edward Abbey


"Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be experienced."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Richard Beatie

As the Buddhist scripture the Heart Sutra magically suggests, samsara is nirvana, the difference is merely a transition of perspective. In other words, the very world of troubles is also the enlightened world.
The kingdom of heaven is now, spread out before us, we just cannot see it. The few brief times its light shines through the cracks in our world become the unforgettable, inspirational moments of our lives."

Try Head Stand

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." ~ Albert Einstein

"...start focusing on the activity of learning, on doing the doing, in full enjoyment of the doing." ~ Kasper Van Der Meulen


Practice, practice practice.
"Practice and all is coming.
99 % practice 1 % theory
slow progress is good progress." ~ Guruji

"Do not hurry; do not rest." ~ Goethe Steady

Tao de Ching, 78th Passage

Translated by Dorien Israel


The Tao turns the tides
and changes caterpillars into butterflies.
Do you truly believe that it has less magic,
mystery or meaning in store for you?

Pay attention to what within you
is beginning to awaken.
The caterpillar can feel the essence of the butterfly
even before it begins to emerge.

Remember, butterflies are never born on the ground.
This type of total transformation occurs only after
an arduous climb up the trunk of the tree
and a perilous trip out onto the barest branch.
Risk is the cost of attaining anything of real value.

Create your own chrysalis of consciousness;
a protective cocoon in which
you realize yourself more wholly.
Dawning as a radiant light,
awakening others in the same way.


"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." ~ Viktor Frankl

Martin Luther King said, "I have a Dream", not "I have a Plan".

"People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe." ~ Simon Sinek

What Will you do with your $1000 of energy? What Habit will you create or recreate? What is your WHY?

Write your Mission statement:__________________________________________

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ Simon Sinek, "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't"

EXAMPLE: My dream was not to be a yoga teacher. My mission was to inspire others to be their most vibrant, healthy, happy version of themselves. (that is why I get out of bed in the morning)


"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds." ~ Bob Marley

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." ~ Patanjali

Kasper van der Meulen Action

Immerse yourself in your interests, quench your curiosity, develop any skill you want, follow your passion, dive in and see where it takes you, fail as much as you can, and indulge in the learning experience. Play, party, eat and drink, fall in love, and enjoy all the beauty in each moment. Not as a flight out of reality or to deaden your emotions, not because your are habitually conditioned to do so, but because you made a conscious choice. When life gives you lemons, explore, experiment, focus, practice, upgrade and create the most optimal darn lemonade the world has ever seen. ~ Kasper Van Der Meulen

ocean shala

"What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create." ~ Buddha

"Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." ~ Rumi

time - hourglass

"When you start to do some serious mental planning, you can become aware of these attention expenditures and start filtering out all of the unwanted, unimportant things, and start consciously investing that valuable attention into what your really matters to you." ~ Kasper Van Der Meulen

"What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body." ~ Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit

This week lets do some "Mental finance planning". Make a list, where are you spending your energy that is a good investment with energetic returns. Where are you making poor mental energy choices?

Richard Beatie - Love BIG

"Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life." ~ Mary Oliver

What I am doing with this precious life?
Love, service, inspiration, challenge and gratitude. ~ Richard Beatie

Richard's message from his big lion heart... "LOVE BIG".

Diana & Richard - community love

"We are all just walking each other home." ~ Ram Das

"I think the dying pray at last - not "please" - but "Thank You" - as a guest thanks his host at the door." ~ Annie Dillard

Diana & Richard - community love

"When all desires are distilled you will cast just two votes - to love more and be happy." ~ Hafiz

"For all that has been - THANK YOU - For all that is to come - YES - " ~ Dag Hammarskjold


"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." ~ Lao Tzu

I invite all of you to embrace the moments of your life as well as the small and large choices you make on how to show up for those moments, every single day of your life. I am most grateful for the gift of your love in my life. ~ Diana


The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

beautiful shala
Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the reassure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.
~ Kahlil Gibran

beautiful shala

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives." ~ Annie Dillar

Play each note of your life beautifully - listen to Chopin No. 4 in E

clutter clearing

"The reason why clutter clearing is effective is that while you are putting your external world in order there are corresponding changes going on internally too."

"As you release the things you no longer love or use, you call back to yourself the parts of your spirit that have been attached to them, and attached to the emotional needs and memories associated with those objects. In so doing, you bring yourself powerfully into present time. Your energy, instead of being dispersed in a thousand different, unproductive directions, becomes more centered and focused. You feel more spiritually complete and more at peace with yourself." ~ Karen Kingston

ocean shala sunset

Do not mistake the method for the goal.

The method of ashtanga yoga is sound. However, the goal or essence of any yoga practice is elevation of consciousness... The magic is not in the pose, or how you do the pose. or in wether or not you practice ashtanga yoga, Iyengar or Shivananda. The magic is in YOU, in you day after day, week after week, returning to your practice.
That is the magic. ~ Katherine Pew

shala compass

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau

May the Shala Compass remind you that you are the hero/heroine of your life story. That each day is your adventure. May it remind you of your TRUE NORTH. May the practice alway be a light that guides on your life journey.


"Life is either a Daring adventure or nothing at all." ~ Hellen Keller

"It's not about where an adventure ends because that is not what an adventure is."
"You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it."
~ We Bought a Zoo ~ the movie

urdhva dhanurasana

"This type of total transformation occurs only after an arduous climb up the trunk of the tree
and a perilous trip out onto the barest branch
Risk is the cost of attaining anything of real value."
Tao de Ching, Passage 78th, Translated by Dorien Israel

"Creatives fail and the really good ones fail often." ~ Steven Kotler

Find your internal compass
Svadhyaya-self study questions:
  • Where is your water?
  • Know your garden. What is your garden?
  • Speak your truth. What is your truth?
  • Be good to yourself. How are you being good to yourself?
  • Look at your internal compass. Where are you? Where are you going?

"...The elders say that we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river... See who is in there with you and celebrate" ~ The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

  • How will you push off into the middle of the river? Who are you with? How will you celebrate? What do you stand for?


"What I "discovered" was that happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy." ~ MIhaly Csikszentmihalyi

"The truth is, bad things don't affect us as profoundly as we expect them to. That's true of good things, too. We adapt very quickly to either." ~ Daniel Gilbert

Alchemy - Through heat/fire - To convert base metals into gold. To use challenge to become strong.

Perfect and beautiful

"I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down." ~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Perfect and beautiful

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." ~ Leonard Cohen

"Beauty of things imperfect, impermanent & incomplete. Perfect and beautiful in it’s imperfection." ~ Wabi-Sabi - Japanese art & philosophy

"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.
This could be a good time!

"Happiness, not in another place, but this place... not another hour, but this hour." ~ Walt Whitman

Diana in  Wim Hof

Diana's on the training in Colorado - one of 30 first Americans to be instructors in the Wim Hof academy!

Believe in the impossible

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." ~ Alan Kay

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Happy Diwali, This year is your year of possibility; what will you bring into your life? Believe in the impossible!

shala changes

"Paraminavada - The recognition that all we perceive is subject to change. Yoga claims everything is in a state of change and flux. We will not see things tomorrow the same way we saw them today." ~ T.K.V. Desikachar

"I could tell you my adventures-beginning from this morning," said Alice a little timidly: "but it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then." ~ Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The word for this week is POSSIBILITY.

mysore ashtanga

Yoga is about changing, evolving and becoming our best. A powerful practice to stretch to become our best. It is a life long practice both on and off our mats.

"Wherever you go, there you are." ~ Jon Kabat -Zinn


I believe yoga is transformative; it can change the way you move and hold your body on your mat and in life. It has the potential to transform how we DO life.

Ask yourself this question: How do I move through life?
How do I show up for Life?

Let this question inspire a practice in how we do life as yoga students. May this practice gives us strength and grace for all life has to give us. This is the heart of yoga. ~ Diana

Capo Beach

"The cure for everything is salt water; tears, sweat or the sea." ~ Isak Dinesen

On the first day of practice at the Ocean Shala I said, "what is better than this?" The sound of breathing & white water, waves crashing. The blue beauty of the water and the light glistening. The Ocean Shala calls, listen to your heart, passionate & moved by the oceans power, always reminding you, embrace life, now! ~ Diana

Vitruvian Man

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~ Michelangelo

Guruji "practice, practice, practice" until you set him free. Find your beauty!

Ocean Shala Constructions

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." ~ Michelangelo

"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." ~ Michelangelo


"While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside of us." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Shala - ocean view

"Trust yourself, doubt nothing that comes from inspiration, deny nothing that comes from imagination, dismiss nothing that comes from intuition."
"It is your heart that holds your vision, trust yourself." ~ Unbound by Dorien Israel

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

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman

Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure."

Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don't be one of those merchants who won't risk the Ocean! This is much more important than losing or making money. This is your connection to God! ~ Rumi

"Life is the constant opportunity to wake up. " ~ Byron Katie

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Ana's Nin

"Open your body, your heart, extend your energy through your heart and throat. Love, expand and take a risk." ~ Diana

"In oneself lies the world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand." ~ Krishnamurti

"Chi... when channeled to our muscles, can give us great strength and, when channeled to our brain, can give us great insight and understanding." ~ from "The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee", by John Little

Article: Enter the mind of Bruce Lee

I am the master of my fate

"...Yogis are people who carry all their prana within their body therefore means that they are their own masters" ~ T.K.V. Desikachar

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
~ William Ernest Henley

Shala Anniversary

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ Shakespeare

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ~ Johann Von Goethe

Shala Anniversary

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

"You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. Let out a little more string on your kite." - Alan Cohen

I chose both of these quotes for this week’s inspiration; as we study Sthira & Sukha. in yoga as in life, it is important to know when to use our "indomitable will" and when to "let out more string on your kite " - Diana

Shala Anniversary

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

"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

Mysore  - Work In The Invisible

Work In The Invisible

The prophets have wondered to themselves,
"How long should we keep pounding this cold iron?
How long do we have to whisper into an empty cage?"

Every motion of created beings comes from the creator.
The first soul pushes, and your second soul responds,
beginning, so don't stay timid.

Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain
whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor.
Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure."


"Happiness, not in another place, but this place... not for another hour, but this hour." ~ Walt Whitman

On our anniversary I honor each of you for your commitment to your practice and to the health of your mind, body and spirit. I feel privileged to open the Shala doors and light the lanterns, candles and hold a sacred space for you. ~ Diana

Blessings and happiness for another year of practicing together.

Boys and Butterfly

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." ~ Anais Nin

Mysore Alessandra

"Excellence of daily life finally depends not on what we do, but on how we do it."

"It is how we choose what we do, and how we approach it, that will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art."

~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life.

leaf and light

"I cannot cause light; the most I can do is put myself in the path of its beam." ~ Annie Dillard

"The practice is our Guru, shedding light on our path. May its wisdom and medicine be transformative." ~ Diana

Diana Christinson and Sri K. Pattabhi-Jois

"Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga." ~ K. Pattabhi Jois

"In the beginning you have to make room for yoga in your daily life, and give it the place it deserves. But after some time yoga itself will pull you up by your hair and make you do it." ~ Vanda Scaravelli

Diana with Mama Pat

We honor our mother first - in the Vedic tradition the mother is the first Guru, our first teacher.

"Guru" ~ "Gu" ~ darkness, "ru" ~ the destroyer of darkness
Hence, a guru is one characterized as someone who dispels spiritual ignorance (darkness) with spiritual illumination (light).
~ Upanishad

Robert Cooper

"The yogi's life is not measured by the number of his days but by the number of his breaths." ~ BKS Iyengar

May you take your practice off your mat and breath deep into all the precious moments of your life. ~ Diana

Irish Butterfly Blessings
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on, to bring you luck, happiness and riches - today - tomorrow and beyond.
"May the beautiful and magical transformation of the caterpillar to the butterfly remind you of the powerful transformation in your yoga practice and your life." ~ Diana
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
~ Rabindranath Tagore

"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds." ~ Carl R. Rogers

"There are two ways to live:
You can live as if nothing is a miracle;
you can live as if everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein

flowers - Miracles
Let's Party

"Spring is natures way of saying 'Let's Party!" ~ Robin Williams


Spring is the time to wake up from our winter routines and stagnation, the smells and colors of spring remind us to stir things up. What will you resurrect this Spring? ( and have a blast " a party" doing it) ~ Diana

Dare to be Silly

Inhale In Life!

"Do you think I've gone round the bend?"
"I'm afraid so. You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are." ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland ~


"Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland ~
Imagine 6 impossible things this week - preferably before breakfast.
Recite them all day, all week.

"You used to be much more 'muchier'". "You've lost your muchness." ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wondeland ~


"The more you believe in the power of thought, and the more you listen to your breath, the greater changes you can create in your life." ~ Stig Avall Severinsen, Breatheology
Stig Severinsen - How to Hold Your Breath for 20 Minutes

"When all desires are distilled you will cast just two votes - to love more and be happy." ~ Hafiz

spring flowers

"Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinating obsessions, and compulsions. TRUST THEM. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest will take care of itself." ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

spring flowers

"Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?" ~ Mary Oliver

From Big Magic -Elisabeth Gilbert (The lobster story)
"...What you absolutely must not do is turn around and walk out. Otherwise, you will miss the party, and that would be a pity, because -please believe me- we did not come all this great distance, and make all this great effort, only to miss the party at the last minute."

My dear students, Breath big and long, step into your expansiveness and show up for the party. ~ Diana (and make sure to tell me all about it).