NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Yoga Alliance, the largest nonprofit association representing yoga teachers, schools and studios, named AXA Equitable its exclusive partner in retirement planning for its 42,000 active U.S.-based members. AXA Equitable, a leader in association retirement programs for nearly a half-century, provides turnkey retirement planning programs to both self-employed yoga teachers and yoga studio business owners as a benefit to their employees. "Since 1968, AXA Equitable has been helping business owners identify and reach their retirement planning goals in a cost-effective manner," said Tracey Gray-Walker, senior director, AXA Equitable's Members Retirement Program. "Providing a retirement plan is an important benefit that can help small businesses reward and retain valuable employees. We are excited to work with Yoga Alliance member teachers and business owners and bring them access to our suite of retirement planning products and services that are usually reserved for large corporate plans." "We are thrilled to offer this program to Yoga Alliance members," said Richard Karpel, president and CEO of Yoga Alliance. "It provides them with customized retirement and investment planning with competitive cost options, in a turnkey, easy-to-administer approach." Depending on Yoga Alliance members' individual needs and situations, AXA Equitable offers a range of retirement options, including financial planning strategies, trusts, custodial services, recordkeeping, reporting, and plan design recommendations and implementation. AXA Equitable also provides plan sponsor and participants account information through custom websites and telephone service. Additionally, the company provides an ongoing education program to help employees take greater control of their retirement. To learn more about AXA Equitable retirement strategies, visit www.axa-equitable.com/mrp. About Yoga AllianceYoga Alliance (YA) is the largest nonprofit association representing yoga teachers, schools and studios in the U.S. Through our work and the work of our sister organization, Yoga Alliance Registry, we exist to sustain and support the field of yoga. We do so by providing the public with a registry of teachers and schools whose training meets our standards, and by supporting yoga teachers, schools and studios in their work as yoga professionals. About AXA EquitableIn business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY) is a leading financial protection company and one of the nation's premier providers of life insurance, annuity, and financial products and services. The company's products and services are distributed to individuals and business owners through its retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution channel, AXA Distributors, LLC. AXA Equitable, a subsidiary of AXA Financial Inc., is part of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management, with 102 million clients in 57 countries as of December 31, 2012. "AXA Group" refers to AXA, a French holding company for an international group of insurance and financial services companies together with its direct and indirect consolidated subsidiaries.