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 and Surat Shabd Yoga.


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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Teacher Training

200 hour starts September 14th and 15th. 2019 Ends June 14th. 2020

300 hour starts September 21st and 22nd, 2019 Ends June 21st, 2020 – Module 1

300 hour starts September 19th and 20th, 2020 Ends June 16th, 2021 – Module 2

Children’s starts September 28th 2019 and ends December 29th, 2019

Heal Me Institute is offering a comprehensive 

200 hours 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 will be held at 17021 Maple Drive Bowling Green VA 22427
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.


 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 and Physiology and Meta-physiology 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.

For More Info about Yoga Alliance visit their website at

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

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This Course is for you…

    • Whether you are a practicing yoga teacher and would like to become certified or,
    • you would like to become a yoga teacher and  help people on a path to greater health, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually or
  • you would like to participate in the course to deepen your own yoga practice and knowledge of yoga philosophy.
To apply for the teacher’s 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.
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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 these two yoga practices have brought me peace and health, I was inspired to share them 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.

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

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Meet Our Trainers

Deborah Bennett

Heal Me Yoga Meet our teachers (1)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

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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

Heal Me Yoga Meet our teachers (3)

Sarah teaches Prenatal and Teaching children with Autism.
Sarah Blunkosky, Accessible Yoga Ambassador, completed her 200 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.  She is currently in a 300 Hour RYT advanced training at Heal Me and is on a long-term path to be a yoga therapist.   Sarah, 200 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 is also a Level II Reiki practitioner and a homeschool momma of three kids, one of whom has Down syndrome and autism and several learning challenges. She works as an education consultant, historian, and writer too. When she is not with her family or working, you can find her teaching therapeutic yoga or curled up in her favorite corner of the public library.

Fernando Avellanet

42884433_1016525091852901_3877211452209102848_nFernando 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).

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

Saturday Retreat Admission

Sunday Retreat Admission

2 Day (Saturday and Sunday) Retreat Admission

Present your receipt at the time of retreat


Summer Retreat Schedule

SATURDAY (July 27th)

8:30 am
Check in

9:00 am
Yoga and Meditation

9:00—12:00 pm
Break for a snack. Workshop on living a life of peace and health. Discover the roadblocks to peace and health and how to overcome them. Lunch. Nature walk.

3—5 pm
Vision board on where we are and where we want to be. We can do this!

5—6 pm
Yoga and Meditation.

6:30 pm
Dinner prep and dinner.

8—10 pm
Bonfire, singing, dancing, and letting go ritual. The Rio Rivera Brothers Band from South America will be performing for us. We are invited to join them with drums. Day ends.

SUNDAY (July 28th)

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
Deepening your Meditation Practice.

12:00—1:00 pm
Community Meeting.

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