THE INNER WARRIOR: It's about finding your inner strength and happiness. It's about taking a chance and not being afraid to fail. Pushing your comfort zone because that is where great things happen...the whole time being true to yourself and finding strength in that.
The Inner Warrior is a homegrown retail establishment located in Louisville, Ky. Our purpose is to supply yogis with clothing and accessories that are efficient and eco-friendly. We make sure to offer a wide variety of fun and expressive clothing, providing every yogi the ability look and feel good during their practice.
We also make it our mission to help our community through our Free Yoga classes & Karma Drive.
Sabine Gaona found the practice of Yoga ten years ago and it changed her life.
"It was a difficult, dramatic time for me." she confesses from her store, The Inner Warrior, 1760 Frankfort Ave. — Louisville's first and only homegrown yoga shop. "I needed something to make me mentally and physically strong again and so I committed to a three-month period where I would wake up at 5 a.m., roll out of bed and go to a class," she said. "It was hot yoga, and it was intense, but it healed me. Very soon I felt like I could take on the world." Seeing what it had done for her, she opened her store in a bid to bring the same strength to the Clifton community and Louisville at large.
"I don't know what came over me," she admits. "But between yoga and the support of my three daughters (Gabriella, an artist who helps her run the store, Nicolette and Sasha, who both live in California ), I mustered the courage and self-belief to go for it."
This store isn't about making lots of money, German-born Gaona admits, it's about happiness and creating something meaningful to share with, then pass on to, her daughters. "I was waiting for something to happen in my life to make me happy. Then on my birthday last August Gabriella gave me a turquoise stone that simply said 'It is up to you.' And a light bulb went on." Despite being at a time in her life when negative opinions about women of a certain age could kill her dreams, Gaona went for it. "It's never too late," she said with a smile.
She built the store with her own hands, using old doors to craft her changing rooms and reclaimed wood she found in a dumpster to build shelves and clothes racks, which stand on wheels so they can easily be moved to make room for the donation-based classes taught in her store twice a week.
"I want to make yoga accessible to everyone, so I've made this a safe space in a sometimes intimidating world," she said. Her nephew hand carved the wooden sign at the door and Gabriella painted Jude, the all-seeing elephant mural that greets visitors when they enter. #Judeseesall
Gaona sourced the colorful, made in the U.S., eco-friendly clothes with the help of her West Coast-based daughters, one of whom is now a yoga instructor. "We have yoga pants made out of recycled plastic bottles," she noted. "we're still evolving, constantly changing," she said. "Every day I'm learning and I want input from the community to know how we can all get the most out of life."
Gabriella, Sabine's youngest daughter, helps her run the store. She is an artist, yogi, & nature enthusiast at heart. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, She is dedicated to sharing yoga with everyone in her community. Her yoga journey started at age 16. Then, after a couple years of practicing yoga alongside her mother, they co-founded "The Inner Warrior" in 2014. At age 21 she finished her 200hr yoga teacher training in San Francisco, CA. Shortly after her YTT, she took the opportunity to organize a local Yoga Event called M.Y.P.A.T.H. "Mindful Yoga Practice at Terrapin Hill" 3 days of yoga meditation and camping on a sustainable, organic farm in central Kentucky. Gabriella has always been inspired by helping others & believes that yoga can benefit humanity in a big way. She realizes we are all connected & that projecting higher vibrations or "good vibes" can cause a ripple effect. She hopes to spread this awareness of higher consciousness & universal truth in the world.
Find your full expression at The Inner Warrior. ➳
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Location: 1760 Frankfort ave, Louisville KY.
Contact: TheInnerWarriorLou@gmail.com[powr-image-slider label="Reviews"]