Owners: Sabine & Gabriella Gaona
The Inner Warrior began it’s journey on Frankfort Avenue in November 2014. At it’s inception it was primarily a yoga boutique but also offered donation based yoga classes 2x a week (with rotating instructors from all around town). Clothing racks were moved aside and they offered over 300 Yoga classes in the 3 1/2 year period. In the beginning classes were small, but with consistency they became bigger than ever expected. Each class filled to capacity and with a waiting list! It was then clear that fostering community and connection was needed and wanted. This is when The Inner Warrior made the decision, spring of 2018, to move the boutique and the yoga to Distillery Commons, a 2,000 sq ft former distillery warehouse where they could offer more yoga to more people and ultimately created Louisville’s first and only Donation based yoga studio. "It has been a dream of ours to offer a wide variety of donation-based yoga classes to the people and we are so happy to do so." In addition to the yoga, there are events such as meditations, yoga related workshops, sound healing, kirtan, guest speakers, and gatherings involving live music, food, art and poetry! In the Spring of 2020, The Inner Warrior expanded and moved their Boutique back to the Clifton neighborhood while the Studio remains at Distillery Commons as a donation-based yoga spot in the heart of Louisville, KY
Over the years The Inner Warrior has been involved in our community in other ways such as the KARMA DRIVE, using a portion of profits to local, non-profit organizations in some “hands on” way. In 2016 They co-founded MYPATH Fest, a bi-annual Yoga event outside of Harrodsburg, KY on a sustainable and historical piece of land with the intention of celebrating community & sharing the many ways of Yoga.
They are also invited, yearly to kickoff the annual Chili cook off in the heart of lower Clifton with "yoga in the street."
The Original Frankfort Avenue location was a huge catalyst for the expansion of the The Inner Warrior, as well as donation-based yoga in the city of Louisville. Our yoga studio is completely community funded and 100% of donations go directly to providing the yoga classes... allowing more individuals to be able to experience the many healing benefits of this ancient practice of yoga.
The Inner Warrior believes in Louisville, City of Compassion, and knows that together we can do anything we set our hearts to... for the growth & healing of our world at large.
Read more about owners Sabine and Gabriella's personal yoga journey here!