Testimonials 2020-12-09T15:03:46+00:00

Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

This has been an amazing journey and 4 months. I have learned so much, I have grown so much and accomplished something I never thought possible. That is all in thanks to you, Claire, your wonderful Support Team, and your informative and comprehensive Online Program. It is truly a gift. Thank you. I am so grateful that my path lead to you, Claire and Team.

Sabrina Oliva, Executive Art Producer at FCB Health, AYA Online YTT December 2020 Graduate.

As part of taking on this journey to complete my certification with credentials to serve as a Yoga teacher through the American Yoga Academy, I came to many realizations during the considerations of taking on this journey and passing through the demands at this point in my mature life. In great part, Claire Diab, my inspirational mentor, enabled me to create not only an itinerary for learning, but, provided for me “a proverbial life plan” to enhance and heighten my personal sense of being. In approaching the detailed study of Yoga, I understood the words that, “Yoga is not about the shape of your body….it is about the shape of your life.”

And….this journey-ing…enabled my finding my literal and figurative breath. For me, that is, in great part, what Yoga becomes. I have become Yoga and Yoga has become ME. Thank you Claire and The American Yoga Academy.

Marjorie Feinstein, AYA Private YTT 200 Hour Student 2019

I am currently in The American Yoga Academy Teacher Training Program. It has been the most wonderful experience.

The curriculum is amazing and easy to apply to my daily life and practice. All the lectures and workshops are recorded for me to review, study and practice.

The staff is not only professional, they are above and beyond my greatest expectations. I look forward to come here.

I highly recommend this training program to everyone. All are welcome at The American Yoga Academy. It is a beautiful space to learn in and the people are from all walks of life and professions.

I am in my 40s and feel so comfortable being here as it is the average age of students.

Everyone is so friendly!!

If you are thinking about doing a yoga teacher training, this is absolutely the best around. Claire has been training yoga teachers for over 27 years and IT SHOWS.

 Justyna Dziekanska, AYA YTT 200 Hour Graduate 2018, AYA YTT 500 Hour Graduate 2019

American Yoga Academy was an amazing experience. The entire facility is beautiful, well planned and spacious. The entire teaching staff is totally professional, kind, friendly and so knowledgable in their yogic specialties. This school has over 25 years experience in teaching new teachers and I will recommend AYA to everyone in the future! I would also go back to continue my education for my 500 hour.

Ed Parma, AYA YTT Graduate 2018

The American Yoga Academy in Summit, NJ was the best choice of schools for me! I had an incredibly positive experience and learned the subject very deeply through their multi-faceted approach of the school. The program was enriching, and I would highly recommend American Yoga Academy to anyone seeking RYT certification.

Cindy Dever, AYA YTT Graduate 2018

I highly recommend the American Yoga Academy as it is a very nurturing place of learning. Claire focuses on a holistic approach to teacher training aligned to Yoga philosophy, addressing the mind, body and spirit. I’ve been in public Health for over thirty years and have chosen Claire’s training program as it aligns with my philosophy to wellbeing as a holistic approach to health where mind, body and spirit play equal and complementary roles to health and interconnectedness . As I begin my Yoga journey armed with the 200 hour training, I am confident that I shall return to the American Yoga Academy for my 500 hour training as well as the many workshops that are on offer by colleagues who are themselves America Yoga Academy Alumni. A great place to learn, grow and be part of a caring community. Thank you Claire 

Jenan Al-Atrash, AYA YTT Graduate 2018

I followed a private, 1:1 training with Claire Diab of The American Yoga Academy. It was an exciting, educational journey and I learned much more than I thought I would. Claire puts so much effort into teaching how to be an excellent yoga instructor. The work on asanas, benefits and alignment is all there, but the guidance and instruction on how to be an outstanding instructor and a good yogi on and off the mat is what I treasured. These are things that cannot be easily learned from books. Claire’s attention to detail is incredible and her feedback and coaching are indispensable. The 1:1 live FaceTime sessions worked well to run through the instruction manual and other learning materials, and the final certification week filled in any gaps with yoga classes and dedicated in-person time. I’m looking forward to putting what I’ve learned into practice and continuing with more learning.

Ginny Dwyer, AYA Private YTT Graduate 2018


I hope you are doing well! I have to get to your studio for a class and to say hello soon! I miss learning from you. I just wanted you to know that It was such a pleasure and an honor to learn from you at the American Yoga Academy. I loved it and I want to thank you for encouraging me and working with me so I could get it done. No other Studio was willing to put in the time with the few weeks that I missed to get me up to speed.

I want to thank you for how you prepared me for teaching Yoga. I am so happy I came to visit you last August when I did. It has been less than a year and I am doing just what I want to do! xo


Danielle Massa

Danielle Massa, AYA YTT Graduate 2018

The American Yoga Academy teaches a thorough yoga curriculum that includes chakra toning and towel covering at savasana that is unique to their studio. I am confident as a graduate of The American Yoga Academy to teach yoga to all who wants to learn. Their lead educators are highly skilled in the art of teaching yoga. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The studio is extremely clean and inviting to the senses with essential oils of orange and peppermint. I highly recommend The American Yoga Academy to anyone who wants to take the journey of yoga to another level in becoming a trained professional on this ancient philosophy of the union of mind, body and spirit!

Amanda Kahn , AYA YTT Graduate 2017

Claire Diab is a seasoned and knowledgeable instructor who delivers a consistent teaching practice to student teachers in training. While Claire is profoundly knowledgeable in all aspects of Yoga and all forms of the physical and meditative practice, her strength and gift lies in connecting with students to make sure that their individual practice will inform their future teaching style. Claire is dedicated to her students, to her school and to supporting the yoga community at large. 

Kim Bush, AYA YTT Graduate 2018

I loved my time at The American Yoga Academy, an incredibly beautiful studio with a wonderful staff! The program was filled with trustworthy information and taught in the most professional way. I can remember being so happy to come to class and learn. A day at The AYA started with a beautiful yoga flow, followed by a meditation session and lecture by Claire Diab, the primary lead educator and founder of The AYA, a true expert in her field. Afterwards we would all have lunch and then have another fun and informative lecture partnered with lots of hands-on-teaching. The days went by fast and I never felt rushed. Each day I left feeling more and more confident in my teaching skills and more knowledgeable in the fields of yoga, anatomy and physiology, meditation, and teaching. The American Yoga Academy has trained me to be a safe, professional, and well-informed yoga instructor, and health and wellness educator. I am convinced that the AYA has the best yoga teacher training program in the world, and I feel so grateful to have trained there.

Daniel Wikstrom , AYA YTT Graduate 2018

Dr. Deepak Chopra

“Claire Diab co-created The Chopra Center’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher Training Program which she taught for many years. Over the years she has refined her yoga teaching so it is easily accessible to all. These programs will help you develop mind body coordination and ease you into the experience of yoga in the most appropriate way. Good Luck.”

Dr. Deepak Chopra, Friend, Colleague, Mentor, Co-Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing San Diego, California