In the interview Reclaiming your Truth - Meet the Tribe Sinah Diepold, I talk to Sinah about her path to yoga and how it has fundamentally changed her view of the world. An exciting conversation with a woman who lives her truth and is not afraid to stand up for it.
Reclaiming your Truth - Meet the Tribe Sinah Diepold
I'm guilty! I officially confess to being a little fan girl of this wonderful woman who I can call my boss, teacher, instructor and friend. I think my life would have been different if I hadn't stumbled into one of Sinah's classes 2 years ago, because she made me look and appreciate the uncomfortable moments that I was so happy to ignore.
Professionally, I have the good fortune to talk to Sinah a lot and to be inspired again and again by her views, attitudes and experiences she has had in her life. All the more I am happy to share her wisdom with you in this exciting interview Reclaiming your Truth - Meet the Tribe Sinah Diepold. Perhaps it will enable you to come a little closer to yourself and to understand how yoga is really a journey inwards, to the wonderful core of our humanity.
"Every day I find this path more fascinating and I am just grateful and happy that I have this practice as my compass for my life."
R: How did you get into yoga?
S: I actually had yoga in my dance training and found it extremely boring at the time. This stretching and breathing really annoyed me back then, I just found it very unpleasant. Especially in savasana, I made to-do lists in my head of everything I still had to do. I just found yoga quite nice... After the training, I was then directly assigned for a lesson. In the end, I just put together cool flows, but I left the spirituality of yoga completely out of it. It didn't interest me and I didn't like it either. I also had the belief for a long time that "Sinah is just not spiritual".
"I then went to Bali and for the first two days I actually thought "I'm going to drop out" because it was too spiritual for me."
Nevertheless, I realised for myself that I would like to do a teacher training if I already give a lesson - first I represented her and then she was suddenly mine. I then simply typed in "Yoga Teacher Training Bali" on Google and had already decided that it shouldn't go to Ubut, because Ubut is oh so spiritual.
I then chose a teacher training that I found suitable and , to behonest, I never finished reading what was going to happen, I just booked it because the timing was right. Then I went to Bali and on the first two days I actually thought "I'm going to drop out" because it was too spiritual for me.
"For me, what makes yoga specialis thisstark holistic approach."
Looking back, however, I now know that it was not at all as spiritual as I thought at the time, but simply yoga presented holistically. In the end, a lot opened up during the teacher training. Because at some point I said to myself, I'll do it all or not at all. Quitting was not an option because I was already in Bali. I just went through with the training. Looking back, it was a very transformative experience for me, because I suddenly understood things that I had never understood before and experienced things that I had always sought before.
This love for yoga then arose. Which actually wasn't there before. Every day the love for yoga becomes more. Every day I find this path more fascinating and I am just grateful and happy that I have this practice as my compass for my life.
"It's just been working for over 5,000 years and to a blatant extent. I.e. the seal of approval, is definitely Approved."(Laughs)
R: What is special about yoga for you?
S: For me, what's special about yoga is this blatantly holistic approach. I can use it in every situation in life and it benefits me on all levels of my being human. Whether it's the physical level, saying I need a few movements because I've been sitting at my desk a lot. Then it helps me when I'm totally stressed or overwhelmed, or when I'm insanely lethargic, I have the possibility to support myself with yoga. Whether it's the asana practice, whether it's breathing, but also the mental component, the answers.
Reclaiming your Truth - "Yoga just made things clear to me again that were actually already clear."
To look at these 5,000 year old scriptures and realise that back then, in a life that I can hardly imagine what it was like, that is so far removed from the life I lead, but where people asked themselves the same questions. I find that incredibly comforting. It brings me so starkly back to being human and away from the times we live in. Because the challenges are still structurally the same. That's what fascinates me about yoga, how incredibly effective it is. It's just been working for over 5000 years and on a blatant scale. I.e. the seal of approval, is definitely Approved. (Laughs)
R: How has yoga changed you or your life?
S: Yoga didn't change my life per se, it brought it out. That's the one where it took me longer to learn it too - I always have to laugh because my teacher in Bali told me a lot of inspiring things and I thought to myself at the time "Oh my god, what great wisdom he's telling me". Then I called my mama, who was just like, "Yeah, I've been telling you that roughly since you were little." But my mum, you don't usually listen to her.
"I want them to connect with themselves, in their own personal way."
Yoga just made things clear to me again that are actually already clear. That's what I love, that yoga is not there to make you better or to teach you something, but to bring you back, to recognise and to dig out again what we have forgotten or what is overlaid.
I think that's just incredible. Yoga has actually changed my life and fundamentally, because I have a lot - I have always been a very happy person and I have always had a lot of beautiful things in my life , - but the way I can perceive them and the way I can appreciate them has changed so radically and my connection to them. My view of things has simply changed incredibly through yoga, this recognising again. I'm just excited to see what else will happen in the future.
"Savasana is the key"
R: I always find that fascinating, too, how you just rest much more in yourself suddenly. You are no longer oriented towards the outside all the time, but you arrive at yourself and that also becomes the most important thing, tosay, I am with myself and I have myself.
What do you want your students to take away from your lessons?
S: I want them to connect with themselves, in their own personal way. As I said, whether that's the yoga class for the cracked bum, if that's the orientation, then that's fine. Or whether they're seeking enlightenment. I want people to feel welcome with me. It really doesn't matter which way you come, you are welcome. Whether your head can be put between your legs or not. That has no meaning, but what is your intention behind it. And if your intention is, I want to feel better, I want to experience something, then that's all it takes.
"It always brings me back to that sense of being me..."
What I find so beautiful is that you come to feel yourself again and realise that you have the power to change something in yourself. You have self-efficacy and can experience it again through yoga. Self-determination above all. That we are self-determined. To experience this through yoga, one's own strength and one's own ability to surrender, to let go, through movement, breath, community and togetherness, and yet to experience for oneself that if I somehow manage to make you feel better after the class, whether yoga or barre, than before, no matter on what level, then I have done my service.
R: You can definitely do that. I can confirm that.
S: Savasana is the key (laughs)
R: When do you feel most connected to yourself?
"...this feeling of being with me and being able to be with you at the same time without losing myself or without burying you."
S: Indeed, when I am in the role of teaching. That is an activity in which I feel insanely authentic and myself. I find that totally rad. I always notice how much I am at home in myself. I then always try to transfer this feeling to all other things. I am with myself, but I am also with you. Of course, this is sometimes difficult in different situations and also difficult in teaching from time to time. Especially when you don't feel so good. But this feeling, I am with myself and can be with you at the same time, without losing myself or without burying you.
"Yoga has actually changed my life and fundamentally".
I find that such an important and beautiful feeling, but I also have to strengthen it again and again through practice, through different situations like being with my friends, who ground me. Also through my family, my boyfriend, through my yoga class or barre. This combination always brings me back to this feeling of beingme, because it is a mixture of all these roles, and somewhere underneath that, this feeling of being me crystallises.
If you would like to practise with Sinah, please visit the Kale&Cake timetable here or our video library here.
There's also an intense vinyasa yoga flow with Sinah on our YouTube channel that will really get your core burning.
Or listen to the Kale&Cake podcast and learn more about Sinah's journey in the first episode, My Path to Yoga. I find the Rekindle Your Wild episode particularly inspiring, in which Sinah talks about her heartfelt topic of women's empowerment.
Interview: Raphaela Baumgartner