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It was more than just a yoga place – you could get waffles there, too – but Nature Yoga Sanctuary in the Oak Park Arts District will be doing its last sun salutation on Dec. 16.

Nicole Sopko, owner of the yoga studio and vegan restaurant at 146 Harrison St., said in a Facebook post that the business is no longer able to continue.

“In life, there is always a chance that things will not work out as one might hope,” Sopko writes. “When we began this ambitious project, I told people that the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn’t work and that in the end, ‘it’s only money.'”

Sopko could not immediately be reached for comment.

She said in the departing post that she realized that what is lost through the closure is “much more than financial.”

“We are losing 14 years of yoga community and togetherness and that is not easy. Personally, I have taught weekly in Oak Park for more than a decade and I will miss what has grown there,” Sopko writes.

The business opened in October 2017, moving from Yoga Trek studio, located across the street at 911 S. Lombard for 13 years.

Nature Yoga Sanctuary distinguished itself from other yoga studios in Oak Park through its café that offers all vegan and cruelty free products.

Sopko noted that her other location at 2021 W. Division St., in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, will remain open.

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