OPRF, Beye grad opening yoga studio in Oak Park

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

A new Oak Park yoga studio opens this week, and its founder is a former Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate. Ahimsa Yoga Studio, 441 South Blvd., opens on May 26. Owner Kelly Merydith, 23, is also a Beye Elementary School grad.

Opening a yoga studio, though, was not part of her original career plans. The Northeastern University (Boston) grad was pursuing finance and marketing. She took up yoga during her internship at a downtown Chicago investment firm to relieve stress.

After graduating from college in May 2010, Merydith ditched looking for an investment job and took classes to become a yoga trainer, using her personal savings to launch the yoga studio.

Her father, Chuck Merydith, has been helping spread the word, including emails to local media. According to his daughter's business website, www.ahimsaoakpark.com, the studio's name (ah-HIM-suh) "is a sanskrit term that means nonviolence or non-harming in thought or deed."

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OP Resident  

Posted: May 25th, 2011 2:19 PM

There is a reason why you live elsewhere. Thanks.


Posted: May 25th, 2011 2:06 PM

John M., It is unfortunate that some one picks on a very positive thing like this to pick apart those in the village that care. Those that care about things such as our schools and the businesses that are a part of our neighborhood. I could empty a truck load of criticism on you but that is not what the residents of Oak Park are about. I am sure I will brush by you as you enjoy the services that Oak Park has to offer our friends in the city. I wish this new Yoga venture great sucess.

John McCarthy from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: May 25th, 2011 10:38 AM

Great! Love to see young entrepreneurs pursuing their goals. Maybe all the Doopers who contort themselves into pretzel logic conundrums over everything from open campus issues at the HS to what to eat in the Shaker building to the length of their neighbor's grass can unwind in the yoga studio. I'd love to open a studio featuring classes on logic and priority setting on public issues, but I'd starve. Sanity & reason left D.O.O.P. a long time ago...

Ordinary American from Oak Park  

Posted: May 25th, 2011 10:31 AM

Just a baby of 23... There goes another one of those helicopter parents - gotta love 'em. Lots of yoga studios already so I guess this one is for the kids? - good luck 2U!

Ellen Ross  

Posted: May 25th, 2011 10:12 AM

Beye School, So Cool! Yet another OP grad doing good things. Congratulations!

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