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ANNIE KELLER, DEWI HARRIS, LARA NOVAK, San Clemente

As we’re now into the final quarter of 2020—a year when not one human being has been unaffected in some way by the scourge of the virus—a few friends got together for outdoor coffees and delicious pastries at J’Adore on Del Mar to discuss how we personally have thus far ridden the “storm” and appreciating the city council on their implementation of outdoor dining to keep our precious “Spanish Village by the Sea” open for business.

As patrons of YNG Studios in Downtown San Clemente, we were, and are, all unanimous in our praise for the yoga studio owned and run by Deborah Miller Mace and husband Todd.

Immediately upon learning they were forced to shut the doors on their studio, Deborah and Todd, along with their yoga instructors, quickly built a superb “library” of streaming classes for members, allowing us to virtually “keep in touch” and continue our practice in our homes—so important during the stressful and uncertain days and months that lay ahead.

No one knew when or, indeed, if the studio would reopen. No one knew if our lovely San Clemente would reopen. However, during the time of closure, Deborah and Todd—ever optimistic—turned a negative period into a positive, revamping of the studio with imaginatively used recycled materials and turning what was previously a very pleasant space into an absolutely outstanding studio.

Installing multiple blue UV lights (like aircraft are now installing in their cabins) throughout the studio ensures a clean, sanitized air flow.

With the previous approval of reopening, we were blessed to be able to not only return to our yoga practice, with multiple class offerings for all levels, but also to return to a clean, safe sanctuary filled with a calming, loving community spirit. And don’t we all need that these days.

Very well done, Deborah and Todd, and thank you from us all.

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