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The American Yoga Academy Staff

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Claire E. Diab
Claire E. DiabFounder and Lead Educator

Claire, founder of the American Yoga Academy, is an internationally renowned Yoga Therapist, Health and Wellness Expert, Fitness Specialist and Inspirational Speaker with over 25 years of experience. She is a Chopra Master Educator and Vedic Master and serves on the Advisory Board at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California. Claire teaches throughout the United States and internationally with Deepak Chopra.

Claire is a Professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University teaching one of the most popular courses on campus: Zen and Yoga. Claire has written yoga manuals and workbooks on Health and Wellness and has produced, directed and starred in 7 Yoga DVDs. Her lectures are inspiring, life-transforming, fun, and informative!

Francine Ling
Francine LingSchool Director

Francine Ling is one of The American Yoga Academy Lead Educators. She specializes in Meditation and Mindfulness. She received both her 200 Hour and 500 Hour Certificates from The American Yoga Academy.

Justyna Dziekanska
Justyna DziekanskaStudio Manager

Justyna is a Lead Educator at The American Yoga Academy. She was certified by The American Yoga Academy in the 200 Hour and her 500 Hour programs. Born in Poland, a former Gymnast and Judge for the National Gymnast Association in Poland. She has been living in the United States for the past 15 years and is proud mother of three. She specializes in Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Private Yoga Lessons, and Meditation. Her classes are fun and informative!

MaryAnn Gebhardt
MaryAnn GebhardtWorkshop Presenter
Maryann has been studying yoga for 25 years. She is a Lead Educator for the Yoga Teacher Training. A registered member of the Yoga Alliance, Mary Ann received her training from The American Yoga Academy, The Chopra Center for Well-Being, Mary Barnes Pre-Natal Yoga for Two, Sarah Tomlinson “The Ancient Ayurveda Yoga Series at The Yoga Ayurveda Institute, Sue Dumais Yoga for Fertility. She also holds a certification in Primordial Sound Meditation.

Mary Ann’s deep respect for yoga comes in part from her experience working in hematology and open-heart surgery as a Medical Technologist, where she witnessed first-hand the powerful connection between mind and body in the healing process. Her classes are a blend of movements that encourage strength, balance and relaxation.