By Terry Dean
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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