Meet Health & Wellness Educator Claire Diab

A Pioneer in Yoga

Our Founder & Lead Educator

Claire Diab

International Yoga Therapist & Inspirational Speaker, Professor of Asian Studies and more…

Claire has been training Yoga Teachers for over 25 years and has been training Yoga Teachers online for 15 years. Throughout her career, she has traveled the world teaching Yoga and Meditation. She has certified thousands of teachers in Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda.

Claire founded The American Yoga Academy in 1993, a Yoga Teacher Training School headquartered in Summit, New Jersey. Also a Professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University, she teaches one of the most popular courses on campus, “Zen and Yoga: The Art of Living.”

Working alongside Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon, Claire co-created The Chopra Center Yoga Program. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board at The Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

Some of her past and present corporate clients include SBLI USA, Dun & Bradstreet, Honeywell, JP Morgan, Cooper Genomics, American Home Products, Exxon, MSNBC, CNBC, AT&T, and many more. She has worked with numerous celebrities and has a large private clientele. Claire was awarded Executive and Professional Woman of the Year for 2012 by The National Association of Professional Women.

Claire has taught Fitness and Wellness Programs to the Navy Seals. She also taught the Firefighters of New York City and New Jersey after September 11, 2001 to provide long term support for them and their families. For 15 years, Claire wrote a bi-monthly column about Yoga for, the largest website community for Firefighters around the world.

Claire’s Yoga Journey

Yoga Books & DVDs

Claire has written many Yoga Manuals and Workbooks on Health and Wellness during her career. She has produced, directed and starred in 7 Yoga DVDs:

  • Yoga for Weight Loss
  • Yoga for Firefighters and Athletes
  • Zen and Yoga
  • Creative Yoga
  • Breathe Move Meditate
  • Sun Moon Series
  • Sun Salutations for Everyone (with Chair Yoga)

Claire is a true expert, most well known for her brilliance in making Health and Wellness fun, practical, and adaptable for everyone. Her charisma, entertaining qualities, and vast experience in Yoga have allowed her to reach thousands of people all over the world. Claire’s gift of teaching people 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 is about living Yoga on and off the mat.

If you would like to book Claire to speak at your next corporate event, please visit her personal website at or email her at

Past & Present Clients

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The American Yoga Academy

Staff and Advisory Board

Greatness doesn’t happen alone.  Claire Diab has a wonderful support team to help get things done.  Special Thanks to our Staff and Advisory Board.

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Alexandra Schulman

Administrative Director

Justyna Smid Studio Director

Justyna Smid

Online Studio Manager




Francine Ling Academy Advisory Board

Francine Ling

School Director



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MaryAnn Gebhardt

Advisory Board


“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

– Rumi