500-hour Yoga Teacher Training

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RYT 500 Certification Course
Begins September 16, 2023
Graduation on June 16, 2024
Online and In-person Options Available

Advance your practice by achieving the RYT 500 certification.

The 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training will include training on a more advanced level: advanced asanas, pranayamas, mudras, bandhas, and meditation practices.  We will cover how to safely advance yourself in all of the areas mentioned and how to teach them safely to your students.

This course is open to students who have already earned the RYT 200 certification.

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The 300-hour additional training for the RYT 500 certification will focus on the therapeutic aspects of yoga for the population with special issues which affect the body, mind, and spirit. For example, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more—as well as the yoga practices that help depression, anxiety, etc.  We will cover anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology in more depth. We also venture deeper into the path of self-discovery with the Yamas and Niyamas, Sutras of Patanjali, and other sacred texts.


The 200-hour yoga teacher certification is a prerequisite for this course.

The Modular Approach

The 500-hour yoga teacher training is divided into two modules. These modules may be taken back-to-back or when it is convenient to you, and they can be taken in any order; module 2 can be completed before module 1. Upon completion of both the modules, you will be eligible to raise your credential to RYT 500.

Module 1: Physical Body

Module 1 focuses on the physical body and all the ways that yoga can help with the physical body (annamaya kosha).

Module 2: Emotion, Mind, and Intellect (Subtle Body)

In Module 2, we discover how the more subtle practices of pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditations help the subtle body (pranamaya kosha), the emotions and mind (manomaya kosha), and the discerning mind, or intellect (vignanamaya kosha).

Module 1 and Module 2 can be taken in any order.
The RYT 500 certification is awarded when both modules are completed.

I was nervous about taking this course but what I found was a group of people with like-minded energy that I could share ideas with. I learned so much and grew a lot in the process!

— Alyssa K.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Below are the scheduled 300-hour yoga teacher training classes. You can register to join a cohort by following the links below.

Fall 2023


Begins September 16, 2023 and ends June 16, 2024
Meets Saturday and Sunday on every third weekend of the month
For those who have completed both modules 1 and 2, graduation will be June 16, 2024


Fall 2024


Begins September 21st, 2024 and ends June 22nd, 2025
Meets Saturday and Sunday on every third weekend of the month
For those who have completed both modules 1 and 2, graduation will be June 22nd, 2025

Module 2 can be completed before module 1 in this series.
The RYT 500 certification is awarded when both modules are completed.


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


Meet Our Trainers

Students in our yoga teacher training courses benefit from a wide range of perspectives and areas of expertise from their instructors. Below you can get to know some of the people you’ll be learning from.

Lead Trainer

Deborah Bennett

Deborah Bennett has been teaching yoga since 1987 and training yoga teachers since 2012. She has much experience in teaching the health and healing aspects of yoga and meditation for peaceful living.

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Assistant to the Lead Trainer

Raam Das

Raam Das is trained in the Integral Yoga tradition and also therapeutic yoga. Raam Das is also the trainer for the 300-hour advanced yoga teachers certification at Heal Me Institute.

Fernando Avellanet yoga teacher
Anatomy and Physiology

Fernando Avellanet

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

Jackie Jerndal yoga teacher
Restorative Yoga and Mudra Trainer

Jackie Jerndal

Jackie has studied dance, physical theater, and Alexander Technique, and has been teaching creative movement, dance, aerobics, and yoga since 1989. She is certified in hatha yoga, asanas, and pranayama (breathing), and has been a student of Joyti Meditation since 1988.

Liz Rittoli yoga teacher

Liz Rittoli

Liz began her formal Ayurvedic training in 2012 through Himalayan Institute. She completed the 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).

Sabine Kvenberg
Enlightened Business Practices for the Entrepreneur

Sabine Kvenberg

Sabine is the owner and CEO of M&S Studio of the Performing Arts and Founder of Confidence Coaching.
She has over 36 years of experience being a performer, coach, and business owner. Sabine has helped thousands of students and clients to improve their communication and performance skills. As an instructor at Heal Me Yoga Institute, she provides students with tools and insights to make their yoga practice a sustainable business.

Nina Elliott yoga business teacher
Enlightened Business Practices for the Entrepreneur

Nina Elliott

Nina is a RYT-200 yoga teacher and entrepreneur who works in both the real estate and wellness fields. She is an award-winning speaker and has organized and facilitated life-changing, transformational retreats for many years. As a teacher at Heal Me Yoga Institute, she guides developing yoga teachers to be successful businesspeople.

Sarah Blunkosky yoga teacher trainer
Prenatal / Children with Autism

Sarah Blunkosky

Certifications: 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. Master’s of History & Slavery Studies (VCU).
Background and Teaching: Sarah completed her 200 Hour and 500 Hour RYT and 95 Hour RCYT at Heal Me Yoga Institute. She has also gone on to complete her 85 Hour Pre/Postnatal Yoga Vinyasa/Kundalini infused teacher training. Sarah loves sharing and teaching yoga with babies, kids, and adults. A history geek, she 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.

“From the first day to the day of graduation, I grew, I was stretched, I was cherished as a being of the universe. I learned what yoga REALLY is from Debbie as she guided us all on the paths we were meant to follow. My view of the world–and my life and how I live it–has changed dramatically. I can’t say enough how grateful I am for this program, for Debbie, and for all the wonderful teachers she brought in for us to learn from. ”
— Beth

Academic Standards

There are a number of factors that go into making a quality yoga program: academic curriculum, instructor experience, and attention to student success—just to name a few! As a student, you’ll learn from dedicated instructors who have decades of experience. In addition, Heal Me Yoga Institute has had its RYT 500 curriculum reviewed and approved by Yoga Alliance. As such, you’ll be able to go with confidence knowing that your program has met the academic standards of a registered yoga school.

For More Info about Yoga Alliance, visit yogaalliance.org.

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Distance Learning

We want our students to both get the most out of their development experience while also taking the precautions that they feel they need to be safe in uncertain times. For this reason, we’ll be holding in-person classes, but also live broadcasting each class for students who want to study and attend remotely. This remote learning option will also give students outside of our geographical area the flexibility to study, meet with us and contribute to our class where that would not have been an option. If you’re interested in distance learning, just indicate on your course application. We’ll follow up with you to give you all of the information once your registration is complete.

Monthly Tuition Payment Option

The RYT 500 certification is an investment in yourself and your career. We’ve made this easier by providing the option to distribute tuition payments over the duration of the course. This option moves the full tuition cost to a more affordable $200/month during each module. For more information, just indicate your payment preference during registration and we’ll follow up once we receive your completed application form.

If you have further questions about the monthly tuition payment option, please email healmeyoga@gmail.com. We’ll be happy to help!

Tuition Assistance for 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, please visit the link below:


If you have further questions, please email healmeyoga@gmail.com. We’ll be happy to help you to get what you’re looking for!

Become an Ambassador

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

Registration fee $250
Regular tuition is $2,000 total
Recruit 1 person, tuition is $1,100 total
Recruit 2 people, tuition is $600 total

Email healmeyoga@gmail.com 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 healmeyoga@gmail.com.

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