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Meet Alex Diehl of Yogable

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Diehl.

Hi Alex, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I like to joke that you can think of me as a young, gay Jane Fonda–except instead of workout tapes, I have a yoga app. I’ve been in shows like Star Trek Picard, Strange Angel, and Magic Funhouse. I feel very lucky & grateful to have had the opportunity to act in several productions during the pandemic, and am gearing up to shoot another recurring role starting next week. Another huge exciting thing in my life is that I just released a yoga app for iPhone & iPad called Yogable! It gives you the ability to customize nearly every element of your yoga practice since the pandemic prevents most of us from having personalized instruction from our yoga teachers.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely not always a smooth road. I initially came to LA for acting, but that didn’t happen for me overnight & I was really unhappy working in restaurants, so I got my yoga certification initially just as a way to have a “money job” that was more enjoyable for me. I really didn’t expect for yoga to become such an important tool for maintaining my physical and mental health. I got really into it–I taught over a thousand yoga classes in a two years period, coached several teacher trainings, and I managed, I opened a studio for the nation’s largest yoga chain and most recently created my yoga app, Yogable. None of that valuable life experience would have happened if I hadn’t encountered obstacles when I came to LA–it’s actually crazy to think that if I had gotten to LA and right away been booking some of the acting jobs I’m getting now, I probably never would have discovered this passion for yoga, and probably would not have ever been a small business owner or an app creator.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Yogable?
Yogable is all about the ability to customize and personalize your yoga experience, and what makes the app really unique is the method of how we do that. During the beginning of the pandemic, in the early days of living-room yoga, I noticed how a lot of digital yoga instruction can feel super impersonal and inauthentic (a personal pet peeve of mine is when an instructor says, “You’re doing amazing,” it’s like… “Um, you can’t see me, how do you know I’m doing amazing? For all you know, I could be drinking a mimosa right now”). I also noticed that if I was in the mood for a specific thing, that I would waste so much time browsing through a huge long list of yoga classes trying to find the right one. So what’s different about the approach I took when creating Yogable is that instead of shooting a thousand different fully-formed yoga classes like everyone else is doing, I created a formula that breaks down a yoga class into different sections. Then I shot a bunch of these individual sections in a way that they can be mixed & matched, re-ordered, and repeated without compromising the flow and integrity of the instruction. That means you can make a class that is as long as you want, as challenging as you want and focus on the part(s) of the body you want with just a few clicks. You can either do this yourself with the “Guided Creation” and “Manual Selection” modes within the app, or you can just let the Yogable algorithm do it for you by using the “Class Wizard” function. We did some calculations and currently, Yogable has over 10,000 unique class combinations possible, thanks to this new approach and more to come!

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
I am super into podcasts. I love fiction and true crime podcasts (I actually wrote, directed and starred in a fiction podcast called ‘Teardrop Hunting,’ coming out later this year), but as far as talk podcasts, I love ‘The Laverne Cox Show,’ and ‘Armchair Expert.’ Whenever I need to listen to something funny, endearing, and down to earth, I listen to ‘Anna Faris is Unqualified.’ If you need a reminder that love is real, I highly recommend the podcast ‘Modern Love.’ I also cannot recommend enough the book ‘Business of WE,’ by Laura Kriska–it’s about bridging culture gaps in the workplace but is totally relevant outside of the workplace as well. I also recommend ‘Actors Survival Guide’ by Jenna Fischer, ‘The Inner Tradition of Yoga’ by Michael Stone, and ‘Zen and the Art of Archery’ by Eugen Herrigel. There’s also a blog element to the Yogable app if anyone is interested in reading my own thoughts.


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