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Sol Yoga shuts down abruptly leaving students, teachers and the mall confused

Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 23:14:43-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Yoga students and teachers were shocked Monday when Sol Yoga at La Jolla Village Square closed without warning.

Their first thought went to their bank account. Many students pre-paid for class packages, or enrolled in auto pay. When they started looking for answers, they realized the company and it's management were unreachable.

"It said oh we are really sorry we are closed bye," Student Stephania Di Constanzo said.

10News spoke with a former manager at the business, Alyssa Runyan, who said she’s just as out of the loop as everyone else.

Runyan said she was fired at the last minute, just like the teachers.

10News originally received this message when we emailed Runyan:

"Dear Client,
I understand the shock at the abruptness of the closing of Sol Yoga. Please know that I am no longer an employee, and as such I am unable to provide any assistance with client accounts or questions regarding business operations. This email address will be closed in the coming days. I'm so sorry that I cannot help.
Thank you for everything, Alyssa
Alyssa Runyan, E-RYT
Studio Manager
Sol Yoga "

If you call Sol Yoga, you don't hear a ring, an automated message greets you with, "this number is not set up to receive calls, please try again later."

Their Facebook Page is gone and their Instagram was wiped, with one photo remaining, reading "Great things never came from comfort zones."

"At first I was really saddened by the situation that I couldn't go there anymore but then I was pissed because they didn't say anything," Di Costanzo said. "I tried to add Troy Burton on LinkedIn because it was the only thing remaining but he never accepted my request."

10News also tried to add the owner of Sol Yoga and is waiting for a response.

"Yoga is an essential part of my life, I've been doing it since I started my PhD," Di Costanzo isn't just upset about the $200 she and her husband probably won't get back, but the community she lost. "It's helped me with handling stress and meditation is really important to me right now." She said she and her husband were so close to one of the instructors he traveled to Italy for their wedding.

Di Costanzo went to a class Friday and the teacher and class had no idea what was going to happen Monday.

10News reached out to La Jolla Village Square and they said they were just as confused as everyone else. When asked if Sol Yoga paid their rent, they said they could not disclose that information.

The studio isn't accredited by the Better Business Bureau. 10News also couldn't find a filing for bankruptcy in the studio's name.

"It's not the amount of money it's not a big amount of money it's just the fact that they didn't, it was the way they behaved that bothered me," Di Costanzo said. She's hoping her bank will show more sympathy and cancel her credit card purchase with the studio. For now, she says she'll be looking for another studio.

10News attempted to reach out to Troy Burton and Alyssa Runyan about the closure and have not received a response.