Meet Our Teachers

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.

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.

Jackie Jerndal

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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.


Tanja Awan

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Tanja Awan completed her 200 RYT at the Heal Me Yoga Institute where she has taught classes since 2017.  She is currently working through her 300 Hour RYT training at Heal Me Institute where she teaches trauma-sensitive courses which include: Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.  Tanja’s yoga interests include yoga for healing trauma and grief.  Tanja is also a busy mother and music lover, as she also used to professionally tune pianos.  Tanja is also a Level I Reiki practitioner and is journeying to become a Master Reiki practitioner.


Sarah Blunkosky

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Sarah Blunkosky completed her 200 Hour RYT and 95 Hour RCYT at Heal Me Institute. She recently 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 Institute and is on a long-term path to be a yoga therapist. Sarah teaches Chair Yoga for Every Body, Prenatal Yoga, and Gentle Yin Yoga (co-taught with Tanja) at Heal Me Yoga. She offers custom workshops and private sessions/classes upon request. 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 I Reiki practitioner and is journeying to become a Master Reiki practitioner. Sarah Blunkosky, M.A. is a homeschool momma of three kids, one of whom has Down syndrome and autism and several learning challenges. She works part-time as an education consultant, yoga teacher, and writer. She enjoys the journey of life and has too many interests to reasonably keep up with (but she tries). 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.

Mandii Bary


My training began at Heal Me Institute where I had completed my 200-hour training in the Fall of 2016 and is where I continue my 300-hour training. The type of yoga I enjoy teaching is gentle therapeutic yoga where the focus is on relaxing the mind and body while also engaging in strength, flexibility, and breath work. This teaching style is suitable for students of all levels, ages, sizes, and health, where all classes taught, are inclusive of each individual’s needs. The inspirations in my life come from all around in nature, art, music, events, and people. A lot of my inspiration comes from my students as well as other teachers and those in my personal life. The lessons people and events offer can guide our passion, aspirations, and potential in not only yoga but in life.

Sandra Loeffler


Sandra says: “I trained at Heal Me Yoga Institute as a 200-hour RYT and treasure that experience every time I teach.  I am a certified nutritionist and enjoy helping people heal their bodies with well-chosen foods.  I love seeing the look on people’s faces when they are done with a class and realize how great they feel being connected to their bodies, minds, and spirit. I have a passion for the Ocean and love paddle boarding and anything water, a family past-time with my husband and kids.”

38Liz Bumgarner


Liz is currently training with Deborah Bennett in the 200-hour RYT certification and is also a student of Surat Shabd Yoga. She loves restorative, yin, Hatha and therapeutic yoga and is passionate about empowering and helping her students get strong, healthy and more peaceful in their lives.


Wendy LaRue


Wendy is a longtime educator who has taught students at every level from preschoolers to doctoral students. More recently, as an RYT-200 yoga instructor, she has applied her passion for teaching to yoga. Her focus is on helping people address the stress of their busy lives through yoga practice.


 Kaori Wakamiya

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Raama Das


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.

Thursday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Class at Mary Washington Hospital
(All levels Hatha Yoga)