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 para-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.

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Raama Das

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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.

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Jackie Jerndal

Heal Me Yoga Meet our teachers (2)

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.”

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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.
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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.

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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).