One-stop shop for holistic medicine and wellness opens in New Albany
By Lisa Hornung | Photos by Christian Watson
New Albany now has its own one-stop shop
for holistic medicine and wellness in The Kula
Center, 802 E. Market St.
Kula – which means community, clan or tribe – is
a fitting name for the center, which creates a tribe
of businesses serving the New Albany community.
Owner Carrie Klaus has owned and operated
Inner Spring Yoga in New Albany and Jeffersonville
for five years, and now she and her husband Rob
have opened this new space.
The couple live just a few blocks from the center,
and when they were out walking one evening,
Rob said to Carrie, “That would be a great place
for a yoga studio.” The two wanted to buy a place
instead of renting so they could gain some equity.
They moved Inner Spring’s New Albany location
to the Kula Center and opened up the center to
other businesses in the holistic health industry.
Businesses in the center include Dailey Wellness
and Massage, which offers massage, reiki, cupping,
kinesio tape and more; Integrating Healthy Habits,
a nutrition coaching service; and the Sukhino
Float Center, which will offer floatation in saltwater
pods. Sukhino will open in June. Inner Spring Jeffersonville is still open at 335 Spring St.
The Kula Center came about because Carrie
Klaus wanted to create an opportunity for people
who are interested in health and wellness and
work in the same location. “We’ve all kind of
got that same energy and that same vibe, and
we’re all working toward that same goal with our
businesses at the Kula Center.”
Carrie Klaus is also running for the New Albany
Township Advisory Board. After the 2016 election,
she began to get more politically involved and
started paying attention to ways to be more active.
“This kind of fit me because what I would be able
to do on the advisory board is offer assistance to
our lower-income community members,” Carrie
Klaus said, “and that really ties in with the mission
of Inner Spring yoga and with the ultimate goal
of the Kula Center, which is to make sure that the
Kula Center is open and welcoming to everyone
in the community.”
Carrie Klaus has been a yoga instructor for 12
years and opened Inner Spring about five years
ago. She mentioned one day to her husband that
she might like to open her own place. “And my
husband is one of those great kind of husbands
who like to make dreams come true,” she said,
“and he came home one day and said I rented
you a space to open up a yoga studio.”
She ran the business for a couple of years while
homeschooling her children. Now their daughters,
ages 14 and 11, are in school, and she runs both
Inner Spring and the Kula Center. “He has a fulltime
job and two part-time jobs,” she said of Rob
Klaus, who manages all the finances and payroll
of the businesses on top of his full-time job.
Carrie Klaus said she wants the Kula Center to
be a hub where everyone can have their health
and wellness needs met.
“We do realize that cost can be an issue for
some people in taking advantage of some of those
health and wellness practices,” she said.
Health insurance doesn’t cover holistic and
preventive care, such as yoga and acupuncture.
So, visitors have to pay out of pocket.
“We realize that’s just not possible for some
people in our community,” said Carrie Klaus.
“So, our ultimate goal is for each person in our
community to be served in some way by us.”
For more information on the Kula Center and
its businesses, visit www.thekulacenter.com.