Who We Are

Pioneers in Yoga, Health and WEllness Education

Yoga is for everyone, and all are welcome at The American Yoga Academy. We are leaders in training and certifying yoga, health, and wellness instructors for 30 years. And we’ve been training online for over 15 years. We have thousands of successful graduates all over the globe. We’d love to welcome you to our worldwide family of students and graduates.

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Founder and lead Educator, Claire Diab

Claire has trained and certified thousands of teachers all over the world. Besides being an amazing and inspiring instructor, she is also a professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University, a published author, director, and producer, and winner of the National Association of Professional Women’s Executive and Professional Woman of the Year. 

Working alongside Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon, Claire co-created the world-famous Chopra Center’s Yoga Program at The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California, where she continues to serve on the Advisory Board.

As an expert instructor, Claire has taught fitness and wellness programs to the US Navy Seals, the New York City Firefighters, and her past and present corporate clients include JP Morgan, Exxon, CNBC, Dun & Bradstreet, MSNBC, Honeywell, AT&T, and many more. She’s worked with numerous celebrities and has a large private clientele.

Past and Present Clients

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Claire's yoga Journey

Claire is a true expert, best known for her brilliance in making health and wellness fun, practical, and available to everyone. Her charisma, charm, and vast experience in yoga have allowed her to reach thousands of people all over the world. Claire’s gift of teaching students powerful, yet simple techniques to add into their daily lives is extraordinary. In each of her classes, Claire teaches that yoga is more than just a pose — it’s about living yoga on and off the mat every day.

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School Director and Mentor, Martha Kein

Martha has been involved in practicing yoga for 35 years and trained extensively in India and the US. A multi-lingual educator, Martha holds a degree from Columbia University in New York City, where she won the King’s Crown Award for Excellence in Leadership. She also holds an MBA in International Business and a Masters in Writing.

Before joining us, Martha managed consulting teams and projects at large multinational firms including Pfizer, Nabisco, and Roche, and she taught and developed curriculum at Rutgers University and Kean University.

With experience working overseas in Europe and South America, yoga expertise, and knowledge of English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, Martha is uniquely positioned to support and mentor our global student  population.

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Meet The Team

Greatness doesn't happen alone. The American Yoga Academy has a wonderful team that gets things done. Special thanks to each of them.

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