Yoga and
Health & Wellness Education

Pioneers in Yoga, Health and Wellness Education

The American Yoga Academy is a world-renowned leader in Yoga and Health and Wellness Education. We’ve been training and certifying instructors since 1993. We’ve been registered with Yoga Alliance for over 2 decades. (Fun Fact: We were training and certifying excellent instructors before Yoga Alliance existed!)

Yoga is for everyone, and all are welcome at The American Yoga Academy. We’ve taught thousands of successful yoga teachers and practitioners all over the globe, and we’d be honored to have you join our worldwide family of students and graduates.

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Our Mission

To teach you accessible, uncomplicated health and wellness wisdom,

To guide you in the beautiful ancient practices of yoga, meditation, and breathwork, and

To empower you to share them confidently and compassionately in your own authentic way regardless of your age, shape, size, ability, or flexibility.

Learn From Experts in Yoga Teacher Training. All are Welcome.

Yoga Education Expert

Yoga and Health & Wellness Education Expert, 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 practicing yoga for 35 years and trained extensively in India and the US. A multi-lingual educator, Martha holds a BA 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 an MA 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 and Kean Universities. She has worked extensively overseas and is conversant in 5 foreign languages.

Martha is uniquely positioned to support and mentor our global student population, and our students adore her! Look for her featured articles on health and wellness published regularly in Natural Awakenings Magazine.

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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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Yoga School Director

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Expert Trainer

Mary Ann
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Advisory Board

Eric Nieves

Advisory Board

Valerie Social Media Director

Social Media Guru


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Questions? We're here to help. 973-731-9960

Questions? We're here to help. 973-731-9960