About Us 2019-02-15T20:52:23+00:00



The American Yoga Academy Studio and Sanctuary is widely known for its Yoga Teacher Training, Group Classes and Workshops.  The American Yoga Academy was founded by Claire E Diab over 20 years ago. Claire is an International Yoga Therapist, Health & Wellness Expert, and Inspirational Speaker who has been teaching nationally and internationally for over 25 years.

We have been registered with the Yoga Alliance since 2000,  an organization which created a National/International standard.

The American Yoga Academy & Studio offers a variety of Weekly Classes, Private and Semi-Private Lessons and a broad range of Workshops and Corporate Wellness Seminars taught by top educators in their fields. There is something for everyone…from Yoga to Meditation to Strength Training!

We are located right in the Heart of Downtown Summit New Jersey on the Corner of Springfield Avenue and Maple Street.  We are right above LuluLemon and less than a block from the Summit Train Station.  We have just renovated our spacious and beautiful studio! Come visit us at 25 Maple Street, 3rd Floor, Summit NJ 07901.

“The Master in The Art of Living makes little distinction between their work and play,

their labor and leisure, their mind and body, their education and recreation, their love and religion.

They hardly know which is which.

They simply pursue the vision of excellence in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.

To them they are always doing both.”

– Zen Buddhist


Our mission at the American Yoga Academy & Studio is to educate people on the true essence of Yoga. To teach people how to live their Yoga on and off the mat. We welcome people of all ages, sizes, shapes, and religions. Yoga is for everyone.


Our signature style at The American Yoga Academy is a unique blend of all the various styles of Hatha yoga and Eastern philosophy, much like the eclectic mix of so many different cultures in America. We infuse the ancient philosophies of Yoga in a Modern Way into each class and teach people to live their Yoga every day in every way. The classes are a combination of fluid movement, breathing, and relaxation which creates strength, flexibility, and balance. It is a beautiful flow offering variations for all levels. All of our instructors incorporate their own uniqueness into each class… always making it fun and informative. This style is for everyone whether you’ve been practicing Yoga for many years or if this is your first time!