Awaken Yoga and Meditation Center

Awaken Yoga & Meditation Center

Awaken Yoga & Meditation Center


Margie Katz, RYT has been practicing yoga for 10 years. Originally from the Midwest, her roots took her back to train under the guidance of Jonny Kest. Through the years Margie has studied with many teachers including: Michael Aronoff, Beryl Bender Birch, Schuyler Grant, Bryan Kest and most recently Claire Este-MacDonald. By allowing the breath to move the body, Margie creates a balance between intensity and grace within each class.

Michael Aronoff is the owner and founder of Awaken Yoga and Meditation Center located in Greenlawn, town of Huntington, New York.
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.
Michael has taught at workshops and teacher trainings throughout the US and is the Director of Teacher Training at Awaken.

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.

Our mission statement is a quote from Master Dogen: “The Way of Awakening is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, to forget the self is to realize oneself in all being and all things…”

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