The American Yoga Academy


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NPS Score 6.4/10

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426 Springfield Avenue

Summit, NJ, United States

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Fitness Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

several, shorter immersions

trainees commute to the program



About The American Yoga Academy

The American Yoga Academy is a World-Renowned Online Yoga Teacher Training School, founded by Claire Diab who has been training teachers for over 25 years. She has created a curriculum designed to meet the needs of everyone. All are Welcome. Whether you are looking for...

The American Yoga Academy is a World-Renowned Online Yoga Teacher Training School, founded by Claire Diab who has been training teachers for over 25 years. She has created a curriculum designed to meet the needs of everyone. All are Welcome. Whether you are looking for a full or part time career or just want to deepen your personal practice, Claire, your Lead Educator, and The American Yoga Academy's Professional and Friendly Staff will guide you on your journey.

Learn from the Best. The American Yoga Academy offers 200 and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certifications, including Chair Yoga and Meditation Certification Programs.

Our Online Teacher Training Program provides an in-depth and comprehensive study of Yoga Poses and Sequences for Everyone with Safety, Alignment, Benefits and Variations. You will also learn to teach Meditation and Mindfulness, Chair Yoga for Corporations, Schools and Seniors, Breathing Techniques, Restorative Yoga, Invigorating Yoga, the Philosophy of Yoga, Anatomy and Physiology, the Business of Yoga, and more...

Our Exclusive, State-of-the-Art Online Teachers Portal makes learning, studying, and practicing at home or anywhere in the world easy and convenient for your lifestyle. You will have Lifetime Access to the Portal with all the materials, lectures, yoga, and meditation classes available to you before, during, and after your training. 

The American Yoga Academy's Online Teacher Training Program is Easy-to-Navigate, Fun, and Informative. It is more than a course, it is a wonderful experience. Enjoy learning with like-minded people from around the world with different professional and cultural backgrounds. 

Claire Diab has been training teachers since 1993 and has been registered with Yoga Alliance since 2001. She is a World-Renowned Yoga Expert, Health and Wellness Educator, Author, Inspirational Speaker, and a Professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. Claire has a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education & Health Sciences and a Master's Degree in Asian Studies from Seton Hall University. She is certified from The American College of Sports Medicine as a U.S. Navy Health and Wellness Educator and Leader. For 27 years, Claire has traveled the world teaching Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda with Dr. Deepak Chopra. She is a Chopra Center certified Master Teacher and Lead Educator, and sits on The Teachers Advisory Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. As an Inspirational Teacher and an excellent Teacher Trainer, Claire will be with you every step of the way, during and after your training.

To learn more about our programs and/or enjoy a virtual tour of our Online Teachers Portal, please call or email us.  973.731.9960

Yoga Teacher Training for Everyone. Health and Wellness Education. All are Welcome.

First Registered November 2000

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First Registered November 2000

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 227

By Beatrice Schwarzkopf RYT® 500

Jun 26, 2022

An amazing training experience! Claire Diab and the rest of the staff at The American Yoga Academy are extremely knowledgeable, supportive and nurturing. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to complete a YTT and expand their knowledge and expertise in yoga. It has been life changing and has surpassed my expectations. Full Review

By Chris Loar RYT® 500

Jun 15, 2022

3 cheers for the mighty American Yoga Academy! For someone who works weekends, this program was perfect for me; it offered a much more flexible schedule than the customary weekend only courses offered in NYC. It was a very lovely time, traveling out to NJ to take classes at a very lovely, grounded and still studio. Claire's mentoring and encouragement were truly strong and the environment was inspiring. Her connection to Deepak Chopra's 7 Spiritual Laws were of particular interest to me, as I had been a huge fan and practitioner of them before looking into AYA (and still am.) While the course certainly connects to the spiritual and the mystical traditions of Yoga, it is also rooted in the practical and the everyday, which is such an important balance to strike in any contemporary, sustainable Yoga practice. Claire's teaching inspires a broader and more inclusive meaning of Asana, whether it's on or off the mat. Do yourself a favour and check out her teaching! Full Review

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Teaching Staff

Claire Diab

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Mary Ann Gebhardt

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

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