200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

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Your journey towards a career in Yoga starts with our 200 hour teacher training. After completing our 200 hour course you can move on to our 300 hour course to obtain your RYT500 certification.

Awaken To Your Life as Transformation

Each of us is perfect and complete lacking nothing. The transformative practice of yoga is a process of revealing this truth. Through this training we will go deep and discover our innermost potential. What is revealed is yourself as kind, compassionate and loving, at peace with yourself and the world around you. Each moment of our lives is an opportunity to wake up; to arrive fully in the moment, experience it, receive it, respond appropriately, then let go… dropping in deeper into the natural flow of your life.

Have questions?  Explore your aspirations with us at (516) 551 4910.

  Already have your RYS200 Certification? Click here  for our 300 hour program in Greenlawn, NY.


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Course Requirements

  • At least one year of previous yoga practice including current practice
  • Required reading and written assignments (non-contact hours)
  • Attend weekly classes at a studio
  • Observe classes by primary instructors

Upon completion of contact hours and non-contact hours, and a comprehension and mastery of principles and practices of yoga, students will receive a 200 hour certification to then submit to Yoga Alliance for registration as a 200RYT.

About Your Teachers

Michael Aronoff

Michael Aronoff      E-RYT 500

Michael Aronoff is the owner and founder of Awaken Yoga and Meditation Center located in Greenlawn, NY
within the town of Huntington.

Michael has been studying yoga and meditation for over 35 years and began teaching meditation in the late 70’s. He met his first guru, Sri Chinmoy, in 1978 and began studying zen meditation with John Daido Loori, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in 1990.

Michael became a formal student of the MRO in 1995 and took jukai (Buddhist precepts) in 1998 receiving the name “Kenjo”.

Michael has studied yoga with many of today’s modern masters. These include Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson, Sri Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, and Shiva Rea.

Michael has received teachings from His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India and Thich Nat Hahn in Plum Village, France. He has taught at workshops and teacher trainings throughout the US. While maintaining a consistent meditation and yoga practice for most of his life, Michael raised four sons and ran his own law practice. In 2004 Michael gave up the practice of law to devote himself to teaching yoga and meditation full-time.

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Stacy Plaske, E-RYT500

Stacy is the founder and owner of Balance Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Huntington, NY since 2002.  Stacy is an E-RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) having graduated from The Long Island Yoga Teacher’s Training Institute as well as the Healing Yoga Foundation, and has been teaching yoga full time as well as running Balance Yoga & Healing Arts Center for well over 15 years. Stacy continues to study the 8 limbs of yoga with passion, trust, and surrender and honors the Traditional Hatha Yoga traditions within The Krishnamacharya Lineage,  particularly the Ashtanga Yoga Method as taught by the late  Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  Stacy received Pattabhi Jois’ blessing to teach the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga in 2006 and in 2012 received her Level II Authorization from Sharath Jois to teach both the Primary & Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. (www.kpyayi.org)

Stacy now continues to study Ashtanga Yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy in Boulder, CO with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at The Yoga Workshop. (www.yogaworkshop.com) as well as in India with Sharath Jois.  In NY she takes self practice on her mat and studies The Yoga Sutra as well as Vedic & Yoga Sutra Chanting with Danielle Tarantola.  (www.yoga-foundation.com)  Stacy is extremely dedicated to the continual study and application of the many transformative tools of yoga for her own personal journey towards a more gracious, easeful existence as well as sharing her experiences with her students. She is a truly devoted, inspirational teacher whose love and application of yogic principles shines through in all aspects of her being.

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TEACHER TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR 2017 – 2018 will include one weekend a month and every Monday evening for six months.

Mondays 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Fridays 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturdays 8:45am – 6:30pm
Sundays 9:00am – 4:00pm

2017 Dates
October 20-22 (opening weekend)
October 23, 30 (mondays)

November 10 – 12 (weekend)
November 6,13 (mondays)

December 15 – 17 (weekend)
December 4,11,18 (mondays)

2018 Dates

January 19 – 21 (weekend)
January 8,15,22,29 (mondays)

February 9-11 (weekend)
February 5,12,19,26 (mondays)

March 9 – 11 (weekend)
March 5,12 (mondays)

* Bold dates represent long-weekend training sessions from Friday to Monday. Please take these dates into account for your vacation planning. For more details about dates and times, please e-mail Michael at omshantaram@yahoo.com.


  • $2,850 with installment options available

Additional fees

  • $350 Non-refundable deposit with application
  • $60 Manual fee
  • Required books at additional fee
  • The last weekend of the training will be a retreat off site at a cost and destination to be determinded
  • Classes at Awaken at a 50% discount

Refund Policy

  • Full refund (not including $350 application deposit) within 10 days prior to training
  • No refunds once training has begun

Topics Covered

  • Yoga Philosophy founded on Yoga Sutras and Tantric texts
  • Physical and Energetic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Asana including modifications
  • Pranayama, the use of breathing techniques to make conscious that which is unconscious
  • Meditation process of studying the mind by focusing and gathering the minds energy
  • Chanting and Mantra , using the breath and sound to focus the mind and increase your energetic vibration
  • Ayurveda, the science of life; philosophy and practical uses
  • Prenatal Yoga, including modifications
  • Restorative Yoga to allow body and mind to release physically and energetically for healing

Is this course right for me?

No matter what your background, age, culture, or gender, Yoga can be a fulfilling and enriching experience. Whether you’re starting your search for your very first career, leaving an old one, or just looking for a way to change the world, you’ll have the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives as a Yoga instructor in your community. Just watch this video of 92 year old Yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch for inspiring insight from a Yogi with over 70 years of experience.