Pacific Cultural Center is a community center located near downtown Santa Cruz, CA, and short walk from the beach. Our purpose is to provide a supportive environment where individuals and groups can explore healing modalities, creativity, and enhance their well-being and peace.
Pacific Cultural Center also includes Ashtanga Yoga Institute, which offers yoga classes seven days a week.
We are a nonprofit organization sponsored by Hanuman Fellowship. The aim of the Fellowship is to promote healthy and peaceful living through education, social services, and spiritual practices. We are affiliated with Mt. Madonna Center for Creative Arts and Services and the Mt. Madonna School in Watsonville, California, and Sri Ram Orphanage in India. We invite you to participate whenever your time and desires permit.
With over 30 diverse yoga classes a week, the Yoga Institute at Pacific Cultural Center is a community yoga studio in the Seabright Neighborhood that has been serving yoga students of all levels, ages, and abilities for over 20 years. The Institute offers yoga classes based on both ancient traditions and modern adaptations. Yoga is a holistic science for increased health, well-being and inner peace. The institute, as well as Pacific Cultural Center was founded by students of Baba Hari Dass with his support and guidance.
Based on the several thousand year old system of Ashtanga Yoga, our classes emphasize triputi, union of body, mind and breath. Practicing asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation inspires a sense of presence, calmness and peace of mind. All asana classes at the Yoga Institute emphasize safe alignment, mindfulness, and breath awareness. Rather than forcing, we allow the body to assume the postures through a conscious, relaxed effort.
"Yoga is not one particular method. As soon as a person starts thinking, 'I want to be a better person', that's the start of yoga."
- Baba Hari Dass
The Hanuman Fellowship is a non-profit organization founded by the students of Baba Hari Dass in 1971. Baba Hari Dass is a master yogi who has dedicated his life to teaching the theory and practice of Yoga. His students formed the Hanuman Fellowship as a vehicle for the teachings of Yoga and for the variety of projects that have been developed by the Fellowship Members. Among those projects directly under the Fellowship are The Mount Madonna Center and The Pacific Cultural Center. The Hanuman Fellowship is affiliated with Mount Madonna School and the Sri Ram Foundation and several sister groups in other areas.