Bikram Yoga San Clemente
711 N. El Camino Real, 949.388.9595
Noel Nichols and Rob Gittelman say they’ve both embraced and been embraced by the city with their new yoga studio Bikram Yoga San Clemente, which opened January 1.
“We really feel grateful for all the support that we’ve received,” Nichols said. “We feel lucky in terms of how the city’s embraced us.”
Bikram yoga is a system that includes 26 specific poses, including two breathing exercises. The classes are conducted for 90 minutes in a 105 degree room at 40 percent humidity, which encourages body cleansing and stretching.
Nichols and Gittelman moved to San Clemente from Las Vegas in June, where Nichols had been a Bikram instructor and Gittelman a professional poker player. Gittelman said that Bikram helped him manage a stressful way of life.
“Some friends of mine got me into Bikram four years ago,” Gittelman said. “It was a lifesaver when in came to a high stress, high pressure job.”
Gittelman and Nichols said they visited San Clemente two years ago and were surprised not to see a Bikram studio or class in the area. When they decided to come to San Clemente, they worked with the Bikram central office to get the proper credentials and find certified trainers.
Nichols and Gittleman, however, have tried to do something beyond just providing access to yoga.
“We’re really trying to build a strong Bikram community here,” Nichols said. This included making the social area of the studio larger and locker rooms smaller. More people are hanging out before and after class, she said.
The Soul Intention
121 W. El Portal, Suite 201, 949.231.0021
Valentina Patton moved her therapeutic massage and Reiki business, The Soul Intention, from Avenida Del Mar to El Portal. Patton began business at the new location on February 18.
Patton began her business in San Clemente two years ago, out of an acupuncture office, then opened her own office last year. The past year, she said, has been a successful one in terms of building a client base to take to her new location. Patton’s business offers a more spiritual take on massage.
“You have to take care of the entire body as a unit,” Patton said. “It makes it better than just taking a pill to mask symptoms.
Massage sessions at Soul Intention can last one to two hours and include a “bliss package” option with crystal therapy and Reiki, a Japanese stress relief technique that incorporates the laying on of hands and spirituality.
“People leave here and they’re on cloud nine,” Patton said.
Surterre Properties has announced that the company will be opening an in-house property management division on March 1.
The division will be lead by property management administrator, Vicky Melin, who has more than 23 years of property management experience locally.
The company says the addition of an all-inclusive property management division is a natural extension of its current services.
“Our clients continue to request property management services from us because they want Surterre to handle all of their real estate affairs,” said Gary Legrand, President and CEO of Surterre Properties.
“We realized that an in-house property management division fits seamlessly with our desire to offer truly comprehensive real estate representation for our clients, and we’re confident that under the leadership of Vicky Melin, Surterre Property Management will become the firm of choice for local property investors.”
Surterre Property Management will provide a wide range of property management services, from tenant screening, maintenance and rent collection, to bill pay, property inspection, and advertising and marketing.
To learn more about Surterre Property Management, please call 855.557.6600 or visit www.surterrepropertymanagement.com.