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…


During her career, Claire has traveled the world teaching yoga and meditation. She has certified thousands of teachers in Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.

Claire has taught Fitness and Wellness programs to the Navy Seals. She also taught the Fire Fighters of New York City and New Jersey after September 11th, 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.

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 founded The American Yoga Academy in 1993. It is a Yoga Teacher Training School headquartered in Summit, New Jersey. As a Professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University, she teaches one of the most popular courses on campus “Zen and Yoga”. In this class students experience guided meditations and learn the eastern philosophies.

Claire co-created, with Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon, The Chopra Center Yoga Program. She also serves on the Advisory Board at The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. 

Yoga Books & DVDs

Claire has written many yoga manuals and workbooks on Health and Wellness. She has produced, directed and starred in 7 Yoga DVD s:

  • 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)

As a registered yoga teacher she has taught yoga poses, mindfulness meditation, . Claire also teaches that yoga is more than yoga poses and sanskrit words. It is living yoga on and off the mat. In her motivational speaking engagements she shares the importance of a regular meditation practice and incorporating daily movement.

Most well known for her brilliance in making Health and Wellness fun, practical, and adaptable for everyone, Claire is a true expert. Her charisma, entertaining qualities, and vast experience in yoga have allowed her to reach hundreds of 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.

If you would like to book Claire to speak at your next corporate event please visit her personal website at and complete the pre-booking form.

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

Makes everything work 🙂

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MaryAnn Gebhardt

Advisory Board


“The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning.”

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