Yoga practices balance the energy in bodymind, and spirit to facilitate the healing response, yoga done the classical therapeutic way can heal.

Connection to peace and deep calming breathing stimulates the part of the brain that causes the body to respond by immediate tissue and organ regeneration and immediate healing.

At Heal Me Yoga Institute you will be trained in the unique Heal Me Yoga style which includes the classical 8 limbed path.


Our training motto is find peace to heal myself, help heal my world.

By first working the techniques on yourself and experiencing first hand the balance they bring to body, emotions, mind, and spirit you will then be ready to teach them to others.

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Yoga Teacher Training Courses

Summer 2020

Children's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training

Children’s Meditation Teacher Certification Training

Certify as a children’s meditation teacher
New online course begins August 1, 2020


Fall 2020

200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification Training

Starts Saturday, September 12th, 2020 and ends Sunday, June 13th, 2021
No class on Mother’s Day (May 9, 2021)
Graduation Sunday, June 27th, 2021 from 6 – 7:30 pm


Fall 2020

300-hour Module 2 – Healing yoga practices for the subtle body

Begins September 19th, 2020 and ends June 18th, 2021
No class on Father’s Day (June 20, 2021)
For those who have completed, both modules 1 and 2, graduation will be June 27th, 2021 from 6 – 7:30 pm


Fall 2021

300-hour Module 1 – Healing yoga practices for the physical body

Begin September 18th, 2021 and end June 18th, 2022
No class on Father’s Day (June 19, 2022)
For those who have completed both modules 1 and 2, graduation will be June 26th, 2022 from 6 – 7:30 pm

300-hour Module 1 and 2 don’t have to be done in order.
(You can do Module 2 first and Module 1 second.)

Please see below for further registration information.


Heal Me Institute is offering a comprehensive 200-hour yoga teachers training course to receive certification with Heal Me Institute and enable you to register with The Yoga Alliance.

Deborah Bennett is our lead trainer.

Classes are held at 16493 Maple Drive Bowling Green VA 22427 (View on Google Maps)

In the yoga teacher’s certification training program you will gain proficiency in the practice and teaching of the 8 limbs of yoga which include: the asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing practices), bandhas, mudras, and meditation.

“I loved my training and believe they touched on every aspect thoroughly while also offering further learning resources.”
— Dani


This course is for you if:

  • You are a practicing yoga teacher and would like to become certified.
  • You would like to become a yoga teacher and help people on a path to greater physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
  • You would like to participate in the course to deepen your own yoga practice and knowledge of yoga philosophy.

Upon completing this course you will:

  • Be a Certified Yoga Teacher in the healing yoga tradition.
  • Feel comfortable with your own teaching style and with the knowledge of how to teach a yoga class safely.
  • Be knowledgeable about the healing aspects of yoga and the benefits of all the poses and other yoga practices like pranayama, mudras, bandhas, and meditation.
  • Have a basic knowledge of Ayurveda philosophies which will be helpful in keeping you and your students healthy.
  •  Be able to prepare food that helps the energy in the body to stay peaceful and healthy.
  • There will be extensive training on anatomy, physiology, and metaphysiology, which is the chakra or energy system and how to unblock the energy system and keep it healthy with yoga.
  • Have an increased knowledge of the healing science of yoga and yoga philosophies to pass on to your students.
  • Receive a certificate of completion which will enable you to register with Yoga Alliance.

“I received way more from this training then I expected too. The people who were drawn to my class, helped create a safe space where everyone felt free to share their thoughts. I enjoyed how in depth everything was, and plan to continue my education first chance I get.”
— Sarah

For More Info about Yoga Alliance visit their website at

For more information on the curriculum, go to our Training Curriculum page.


To apply for the teacher training program, you must fill out the Training Application. Once you have been approved, you may then pay the registration fee to hold your place in the program.

Registration Fee



Course Tuition

Option 1: Full Tuition


— or —

Option 2: Tuition Payments
$200 per month for 10 months


Please note our refund policy, found here.

Military Spouses

Heal Me Institute is a registered MyCAA program. Military spouses can do yoga teacher training and have the military pay for it. To learn more about this program, called MyCAA, email

Become an Ambassador

Ambassadors recruit people who sign up for the training and get their training tuition cost reduced as follows:

Registration fee $250
Recruit 1 person Tuition is $1000 total
Recruit 2 people Tuition is $500 total
Regular tuition is $2000 in total.

Email and ask to be an ambassador.


For More Information

For more information about teacher training courses, tuition, or how to enroll, please contact us at

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Our mission is to make the world a better place one student at a time, one yoga class at a time.
In our yoga classes, we teach our students the art of relaxation and peace. When we ease away all the physical, emotional, mental tensions in our being and connect to our authentic self; our lives become peaceful which makes this world a better place for everyone we come in contact with.

About Deborah – Founder/Director

Heal Me Yoga Meet our teachers (1)

Deborah Bennett
E-RYT 200/E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Instructor
Founder and Director of Heal Me Yoga
and Heal Me Yoga Institute.

I have been studying Hatha Yoga since 1978 and Surat Shabd Yoga since 1985. Because yoga practice has brought me peace and health, I am inspired to share it with everyone who wants a peaceful, healthy life.



Certified in  the teaching of Hatha Yoga and a student of Surat Shabd Yoga, Deborah has studied in the United States and India with Integral Yoga Institute and Master Teachers of Surat Shabd Yoga/Sant Mat.

Sant Mat or Surat Shabd Yoga is known in the west as Science of Spirituality.


Surat Shabd Yoga

Sant Darshan Singh is my spiritual  Master/Teacher, with whom I received initiation into the inner light and sound. I continue to study the art of Surat Shabd yoga with the current living spiritual master in the Surat Shabd Yoga tradition Sant Rajinder Singh.

Meet Our Trainers

Heal Me Yoga Institute is led by Deborah Bennett. You can get to know her a bit in the video below!

Want to learn more about the other trainers that work with Heal Me Yoga Institute in providing our yoga teacher training courses? Jump over to our trainers page for more information.

“Deborah Bennett was an inspiring instructor. Extremely knowledgeable, leads by example and an continues to be a beautiful mentor, even after graduation.”
— Kimberly

Meet Our Trainers

Contact Heal Me Yoga Institute

If you have questions about our teacher training courses, including registration and schedule, you can contact us by phone or email below. We look forward to talking with you!
(540) 498-7979

Join Our Email List

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Meet Our Trainers

Deborah Bennett

Deborah Bennett Heal Me Yoga

E-RYT 200/E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Instructor Founder and Director of Heal me Yoga and Heal Me Yoga Institute.

Debbie is a lead trainer for the 200- and 300-hour training and trains in the unique Heal Me Yoga style, Chair Yoga, Teaching yoga to children, Trauma-informed yoga and Yoga for other health issues of body and mind.

Deborah has been a practitioner of yoga for 40 years, she started doing yoga as a young ballerina to prevent injury from overused muscles. Deborah has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. Deborah has studied under Darshan Singh since 1985 the path of inner light and sound. Deborah is certified as an Integral Yoga Teacher in 2005 as an RYT 200. She certified in therapeutic yoga in 2016 as an RYT 300. Deborah is the lead trainer of both the 200 hour and 300 your yoga teachers training programs at Heal Me Institute. She has the credential of E-RYT 500. She is training to be a yoga therapist. She has been teaching the yoga courses at Germanna Community College since 2003. Deborah is a certified Montessori teacher and holds a paraprofessional counseling certificate. At present, she is working on a degree in Psychology.

She says: “Because yoga practices have brought me peace and health, I am inspired to share them with everyone who wants a peaceful, healthy life.


Raama Das


Raama is a lead trainer for the 200 and 300-hour training and trains in the classical style of yoga, Raja Yoga, Pranayama, Trauma-informed Yoga and Yoga for specific health conditions including Anxiety & Depression, Cancer, Heart Disease, Arthritis, and Addiction.

Raama Das, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT is a former Director of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association and has been instructing Integral Yoga since 2009. He is a Lead Trainer on the Integral Yoga 200-hour TT at Yogaville and co-presents both the 200 and 500-hour Yoga Alliance program for HealMe Institute in Fredericksburg. Raama is recently accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists having studied yoga programs for specific health conditions including Anxiety & Depression, Cancer, Heart Disease, Arthritis and Addiction. He is also certified as a teacher of Intermediate Hatha, Raja Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Yin Yoga, Accessible Yoga and Yoga for our Elders. He currently teaches in Fredericksburg at HealMe Yoga & Wellness Center, the University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College and on the Integrative Medicine program at Mary Washington Healthcare.

Raama has studied and served extensively in the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Academy at Yogaville and is currently working towards ordination as a Minister. In addition, he has participated in many months of deep Tantric and Classical Yoga sadhana at the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School in Sweden under the direction of Swami Janakananda.


Jackie Jerndal

Jackie Jerndal Heal Me Yoga Instructor

Jackie teaches Restorative Yoga and Mudras.

“I was born and raised in South Africa where I started dancing at age 5. Came to the United States in Late 1987. Here I have studied, dance, physical theatre, Alexander technique, and have been teaching, creative movement, dance, aerobics and yoga since 1989. I am a certified Yoga instructor in hatha yoga, asanas, and pranayama (breathing). I love teaching and my classes have always been an enjoyable mix of all my areas of study that have benefitted my students tremendously. I have been a student of Joyti Meditation since 1988 and this technique of inner reflection, focus, and spiritual awareness has influenced the style of Gentle and introspective Yoga that I teach. “The Secret Garden” refers to the secret garden of love and complete bliss we all have inside and can access it anytime we choose by stilling the mind and becoming one with our spirit.”


Sarah Blunkosky

Sarah Blunkosky Heal Me Yoga teacher

Sarah teaches Prenatal and Teaching children with Autism.

Certifications: Master’s of History & Slavery Studies (VCU), RYT 500 (Therapeutic Style Yoga), R-PYT (Vinyasa & Kundalini Infused), R-CYT (Hatha & Montessori Infused), Accessible Yoga Ambassador, Certified Yoga For All Instructor, Reiki Level II Practitioner

Training History: Sarah Blunkosky, Accessible Yoga Ambassador, completed her 200 Hour and 300 Hour RYT and 95 Hour RCYT at Heal Me Yoga Wellness Institute. She completed her 85 Hour Pre/Postnatal Yoga Vinyasa/Kundalini infused teacher training off-site. Sarah, 500 RYT, 95 RCYT, and 85 RPYT, loves sharing and teaching yoga with babies, kids, and adults. A history geek, Sarah enjoys reading old yogic texts and sharing their wisdom with others. Sarah teaches chair, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Hatha, and Gentle Yin Yoga. Specialties include: Prenatal, Postnatal, Pelvic Floor, Complex Prenatal Conditions such as Breech & Placenta Previa Presentations, Children with Special Needs, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and Yoga for Arthritis.

Sarah nurtures clients as an integrative education consultant, certified peer-breastfeeding counselor, and registered Accessible yoga instructor specializing in family, children’s, special-needs, and prenatal/postpartum movement/embodiment. She serves clients in Northern Virginia and travels for service appointments, conferences, and workshops with local studios and her company, Learning Heroine LLC.

Teaching Philosophy: All abilities, identities, and needs are welcome in each of my classes, no wheelchair or condition is turned away! Advancement in yoga should be devoid of hierarchy/construct/body type/ or any other -ism. Yoga is how one can better connect to their authentic self truth. Postures, breath, and meditation practices are meant to honor our anatomical reality and serve our peacefulness, the authentic self. For each student, I seek to guide and assist them in their path to hearing their truth as it grows louder and louder. I’m honored to serve others and humbled in the seat of the teacher, always in service.


Fernando Avellanet


Fernando teaches Anatomy & Physiology, Yin yoga and How to advance your yoga practice and do more advanced poses safely.

Fernando Avellanet is a 200 Hours Experienced and Registered Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer certified by the Accredited National Academy of Sports Medicine who partnered with Heal Me Institute to grow and develop their teachings in Anatomy and Physiology for the 200 and 300 Hour Teacher Training program. After spending nearly a decade working in the group fitness industry, training in multiple teaching formats and keeping up to date in innovative vinyasa modalities, Fernando knows what truly drives a mindful and effective class experience through the science of kinesiology and exploration of one’s koshas.


Elizabeth (Liz) Ritolli

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Liz teaches Ayurveda.

Liz began her formal Ayurvedic training in 2012 through Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. She completed their Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) program in 2012 and Torchbearer Mentoring program in 2013. In November of 2015, Liz completed Himalayan Institute’s two-year Ayurvedic Graduate Program that qualified her to work as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC). Her primary instructors were Kathryn Templeton, Ayurvedic Practitioner and faculty member at Himalayan Institute, and Dr. Rosy Mann, Ayurvedic Physician and faculty member at Kripalu School of Ayurveda. Liz is a professional member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

In 2013 Liz was invited to teach various modules in the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program in Honesdale and other in yoga studios. Three times a year, she prepares meals for the Himalayan Institute’s Panchakarma program participants, working Dr. Carrie Demers, MD to customize meals for the group members. Locally, Liz has taught Ayurvedic cooking classes, Ayurvedic Spring and Fall Cleanse programs, and basics of Ayurveda in several yoga teacher training programs. You can find her workshops in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the DC metro area.

In addition to her work in Ayurveda, Liz is a musician, a yoga instructor (RYT 200), and a Licensed Massage Therapist (VA).


Kelly Evan Smith

Kelly Evan Smith Yoga Teacher

Kelly Evan Smith is a 200-hour RYT with Yoga Alliance originally certified with Heal Me Institute in 2015 and is the Co-Creator and Business Manager of Heal Me Yoga Online.

Kelly has trained under Deborah Bennett, founder of Heal Me Yoga and Heal Me Institute in various topics including yoga nidra, children’s yoga, and therapeutic yoga.

Kelly has built two successful online businesses through attraction marketing which is a huge passion of hers and has become the official Business of Yoga Instructor for Heal Me Institute. She teaches 200hr and 300hr yoga teacher trainees how to attract students to their classes, launch programs, build purposeful online brands, and create a lasting vision that will keep teachers connected to the importance of their work.

Kelly offers online business courses through Heal Me Institute that teachers can use toward CE credits to remain certified in yoga teaching.

In June 2019 Kelly will be certified as a Children’s Yoga Instructor (95hr-RCYT) and as a Therapeutic Yoga Instructor (300hr-RYT) in June 2021 resulting in almost 600hr of deep inner yoga training over a 7 year span.

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PLEASE NOTE: Yoga and meditation retreats are currently on hold until safer-at-home guidelines are lifted. Follow Heal Me Yoga on Facebook for news on when we will start retreats again. Stay safe, healthy, and strong in the meantime!


Three yoga and meditation retreats are held each year to help us take time out of our busy lives to heal.

Yoga, Meditation, Inspirational workshops, Bonfire Kirtan, Qigong, Nature walks, Setting spiritual goals, Vegetarian food with vegan and gluten-free options. Children welcome.

Retreats are free of charge and are sponsored by Science of Spirituality (

Meal donation for 1 Day (Saturday or Sunday) is $15. Recommended donation for both days is $25.
Lodging is available upon request.


Spring 2020 Retreat Schedule

SATURDAY (March 28th)

8:00 am
Check in

9:00 am
Yoga and Meditation

11:00-1:00 pm
How empowering the soul through meditation helps to balance our emotional self. Once the emotions are in balance we find our lives a lot less filled with anxiety and filled with more peace. We can’t change life but we can change how we react to it. The theory and practice of empowering the soul.

3—5 pm
Vision Board activity. Reflection on where we are and where we would like to be in 3 – 5 years.

5—6 pm
Yoga and Meditation.

6:30 pm
Dinner prep and dinner.

8—10 pm
Bonfire, singing, dancing, and letting go ritual. Day ends.

SUNDAY (March 29th)

6:30—8:30 am
Sunrise yoga and meditation. Breakfast.

9:00—11:00 am
Workshop on letting go of things that no longer serve us.

11:00—12:00 pm
How to let go of excess baggage. How to let go of that which no longer serves us, that which is no longer helpful or useful to us. Thoughts and actions.

12:00—1:00 pm
Spiritual discourse.

1:00—2:00 pm

2:00—3:00 pm
Wrap up and retreat ends.

Retreat topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The power of conscious forgiveness.
  • Karma, how it affects our daily lives and choices.
  • Discover the hidden you and reveal your true self.
  • Living with heart.
  • Healthy cooking, Good Food, good mood.
  • The Journey the soul takes during meditation according to the Masters of Surat Shabd Yoga.
  • Effective communication for healthy relationships with yourself and others.
  • How to improve your meditations.
  • Chakra wisdom

How To Register

To register for the Spring 2020 retreat, please fill out the retreat registration form. There is no cost for registration, but all attendees must register prior to the retreat.