About Us 2021-02-01T16:09:22+00:00

The American Yoga Academy’s Mission…

Our Mission at The American Yoga Academy is to inspire and empower people to be Health and Wellness Educators, using the beautiful ancient teachings and philosophy of Yoga in today’s world. It is our goal to inspire our Teachers in Training and Students with simple, yet powerful techniques they can incorporate into their daily lives, then taking these teachings and  encouraging and inspiring others.

Claire Diab founded The American Yoga Academy in 1996 to teach people throughout the world that Yoga is for everyone and all are always welcome, whether you have been practicing yoga for many years or you are new to the experience. Yoga is more than a pose, it is a beautiful philosophy used to create union of body, mind, and spirit with the highest goal being creating union and unity with everyone and everything around us. Through the practice of movement, breathing, relaxation, meditation truthfulness, honesty, respect, loyalty, generosity, love, and kindness we can achieve this unity within our community and throughout the world. Regardless of your age, shape, size, cultural background, or religion, this beautiful philosophy is for everyone and all are welcome.

Claire Diab Founder & Lead Educator

Claire created and designed a curriculum to meet the needs of everyone

with a State-of-the-Art, Comprehensive, and Easy-to-Use Online Teacher Portal.

Learn, Study, and Practice anywhere in the World!

Students come here to learn yoga on and off the mat. Living Yoga and creating a fulfilling part time or full time career. Claire Diab, along with our Professional and Friendly Staff will guide you on a journey of self-exploration and transformation.

We are known for our unique blend of different styles of Yoga. Similar to the eclectic mix of all the different cultures in America, our style is a melting pot of all the styles of Yoga and its beautiful philosophy.

Our well rounded program with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of everyone provides an in-depth study of Yoga Poses and Sequences for Everyone with Safety, Alignment, Benefits and Variations, Meditation and Mindfulness, Breathing Techniques, The Philosophy of Yoga, Anatomy and Physiology, The Business of Yoga and so much more!

Course Objectives and Materials

Claire Diab, Founder and Lead Educator of The American Yoga Academy, is a World-Renowned Yoga Therapist, Health and Wellness Expert, Author, Inspirational Speaker, and a Professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. Claire has a Bachelors Degree in Health Education & Health Sciences and a Masters Degree in Asian Studies from Seton Hall University. She is certified from The American College of Sports Medicine as a U.S. Navy Fitness Leader. Claire is also a Chopra Center Certified Master Teacher of Meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda, and she sits on The Advisory Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

“If you really want to learn something, learn how to teach it.” ~Claire

“Yoga is not about the shape of your body, it is about the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed, it is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been, Yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast a profound purpose and for it to be truly called Yoga, Your True essence must be embodied.” Aadil Palkhivala