Teacher Training

Wellness Haven Certified 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

Certified and Registered Yoga Studio (RYS 200) under Yoga Alliance
WH Teacher Training Certificate April 30 2014

Become an empowered, certified Yoga Teacher by Wellness Haven (Yoga Studio (RYS) recognized for 200 Hour Teacher Training by Yoga Alliance.)

Once certified by RYS Wellness Haven, you can register as an RYT (registered yoga teacher) under Yoga Alliance and become a part of their directory of RYTs.

Attention Yoga Students

If you are curious and are wondering if our yoga teacher training program is for you, answer the following questions and find out

  • Do you just LOVE yoga asanas?
  • Do you find yourself in a yoga asana class almost every day?
  • Do you own at least one yoga DVD? or a yoga magazine, or a yoga book?
  • Are you hanging out at yoga websites whenever you get chance?
  • Are you looking at a yoga asana and wondering how quickly you can do it?
  • When you are on vacation, do you indulge in a quick yogic stretch any chance you get?
  • Do you feel at one with yourself after a yoga session and you feel addicted to feeling good?
  • Are you completely involved in synchronizing your breath with each yogic stretch?
  • Do you have this tremendous urge to encourage others to learn what you have learned?
  • Do you have this intense desire to understand what goes behind the world of yoga – what does it feel like to operate from a point of no fear?

If you answered “Yes” to any 5 or more questions, you just might be ready for the next step!

Yoga has become such an integral part of your life, such a source of balance and joy in your life, that the next logical step is to learn how to be a yoga teacher!

Two extraordinary training programs are conducted at Wellness Haven, the kind that is not offered anywhere, to take you to the next level in your yoga journey. Our programs have been developed methodically with authentic Indian values so that a student becomes fully equipped in all aspects of yoga. These programs are designed to meet the 200 Hour Teacher Training Requirements established by the Yoga Alliance.

After her Teacher Training in the US, Umang became aware of several missing pieces, critical to becoming a worthy yoga teacher, and went to the Ayurveda and Yoga Institute in the Himalayas, India in search of answers. The Indian philosophy and teachings were a solace, and geared her to be who she was meant to be – an authentic and soulful yoga teacher. She strives to bring all such missing aspects of a Yoga Teacher Training Program that she did not find during her own training in the US, and came up with a rock-solid program that leaves no stone un-turned in the journey of joyful learning! She personally grooms just a handful of committed students for each Training and teaches them all that there is to know about how to be a true yoga teacher – ethical, empowered, fearless and who will be proud to be called Wellness Haven Groomed Yoga Teachers! Unless the teachers are fully confident of their skills, they are not let loose. There is a $25 renewal fee per year after solidifying as a Teacher  to maintain Wellness Haven decorum and philosophies of what it means to be a Wellness Haven Yoga Teacher. Wellness Haven ensures that the teachers are enrolled in continued education through their journey as a yoga teacher.

Advanced Yoga Study for Continued Education Hours (pre-requisite to yoga-teacher-training and included in the yoga-teacher-training program)

Tuition: $2,000, if purchased separately from Yoga Teacher Training
Breathing and Meditation: $250 can be bought separately for Advanced Yoga Studies
Seats are limited for quality control.

Yoga Teacher Training

Tuition: $4,500, includes Breathing and Meditation
Seats are limited for quality control.

Training Days: Saturdays/Sundays (8 am – 5 pm)
There are 22 required training days of which Day 22 is Graduation Day

Who are these programs for?

  • Beginner or advanced yoga practitioners who want to learn yogic philosophy of life and learn stress releasing techniques
  • People who have a passion for yoga and want to understand it better
  • People who want to embrace yoga as their profession
  • People who are already a yoga teacher and want to sign up for continued learning

Bonus Features: All enrolled students in the Teacher Training Program for the duration of the program will have free access to:

  •  Yoga Classes at Wellness Haven
  • Guest Lectures by Wellness Professionals

Details of the programs:

Advanced Yoga Study Program offers:

Philosophies and Principles of Yoga

  • Integration of the body and mind
  • 8 limbs of yoga
  • Introduction to various styles of yoga
  • Principles of safe yoga practice

Controlled Breathing/Pranayama

  • Basic Breathing and Meditation (included in every yoga class at Wellness Haven)
  • Advanced Breathing and Meditation tools and techniques (Separate Program Fee of $250 applies for the Advanced Study Program; is included in the Teacher Training Program)

Basic Asanas

  • Body Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Asana Alignment
  • Sequencing

Therapeutic implications of yoga

  • Safety practice for pain and injury for all ages

Upon Completion of Advanced Studies you will be able to:

  • Get a deeper understanding of yoga
  • Release stress
  • Create your own yoga practice
  • Apply these hours to continued learning

In addition to the Advanced Yoga Study topics, Yoga Teacher Training Program Offers:

  • Ethics of teaching yoga
  • In depth understanding of challenging yoga asanas

– Adjustments
– Alignment
– Sequencing
– Modifications

  • Yoga class composition
  • Language of teaching and music
  • Pacing a class
  • Establishing your own yoga style
  • Opportunity for practice teaching yoga classes at Wellness Haven
  • Introduction to Business Aspects of Yoga

This program does not teach you or certify you in the following:

  • Kids Yoga
  • Pre-natal Yoga
  • Any other Specialized Yoga
  • How to run your business

Upon Completion of Teacher Training you will be able to:

  • Teach yoga with confidence
  • Direct a multi-level class of yoga students
  • Become an empowered individual
  • Discover the various avenues of yoga
  • Bonus: There is a POSSIBILITY that you may get hired by Wellness Haven Yoga Studio to be a Wellness Haven Yoga Teacher!

Books Used in Training:

  1. Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  2. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  3. Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais

Other recommended reading:

  1. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  2. Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar
  3. Class Handouts

Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials

I think the very best thing you’ve done with the program is have us teach each other from the very beginning. I was nervous about it the first time, but the exposure of being in front of people is so helpful and encouraging. And it definitely helps too that I think we all enjoy each others company. I also really appreciate the daily packets you give us instead of just pointing us to page numbers in our books. It really helps to have the whole day documented in one place. Kristian Lorenzo

Hi Umang,
Thanks!! It’s been wonderful knowing you as a yoga teacher and now that you are my “Guru” learning has become all the more fun and exciting!! Umang Wellness Haven has become a second home to me as I always enjoy every moment amidst wonderful people wanting to improve their health and life. I always want to stick around a little bit more after my morning yoga class and take that extra something with me to feel great rest of the day. As regards the Teacher’s Training Program you have made it so easy to understand with all the information just one click away, I must say you are one dedicated teacher who is doing every bit to make our learning experience awesome!! I feel very blessed to have you as a Guru and I am confidant that under your guidance we will come out with flying colors!!
Sincerely yours in yoga training,  Poonam Uppal

Hi Umang,
I love the teacher training, it’s going so well! I love the websites you showed us last week. It is very helpful to have all the visuals of the poses because I feel I learn best with a lot of pictures. I also like how you are having us teach right away so we get comfortable with it. I can’t think of anything you could improve on, everything’s great. Looking forward to teacher training #3!Erin Helm

I am really enjoying the training. The format is great, the other students are sweet and I love your visual print outs. For me as a visual learning, this really helps to concretize the verbal instructions. Danielle Saunders

Hi Umang,
I love the teachers training program because this is the only program in which you are providing all the hands on material for every single session. Because of this I have all the information about the different yoga poses handy and readily available. Also, I like the way you want me to practice teaching other students after learning each yoga pose. All teacher trainees are getting lot of practice for teaching as well as doing the poses. The meditation class is so informative and rejuvenating. You gave me a nicely organized Google spreadsheet with lot of good information. Thank you very much for going above and beyond what was required of you and doing all these things which I may never have got in any other class. I am very happy and glad to have joined this training. Thank you. Vaishali Puranik




Wellness Haven Graduates & Teachers in Training



Umang Goel

Founder and Yogini (E-RYT 200)

Umang Goel was born in Patna, India and has been exposed to Yogic Philosophy her whole life. She has studied under several Yogis in India. Because of these traditional and authentic Yoga teachings, for Umang Yoga is more than just a daily practice; it is a way that can be applied to every aspect of living. Umang entered the corporate IT world in the United States for some years and later realized that this was NOT her true calling. Even though she has resided in the United States, she has never left her roots behind, one of them being Yoga. She courageously left the corporate world to live her true passion and to pass it on to individuals from all walks of life.  Over the years because of her unwavering and immense passion for Yoga, she has helped countless individuals who have yearned for something more in their lives since 2009. She has aided those with a desire to become healthier and more physically, emotionally and spiritually fit – to those who have been suffering with physical disabilities, weight problems, anxiety and stress related issues, and a myriad of other ailments.  She founded Wellness Haven in San Ramon as a home base for all those who want to learn “Authentic Yoga”, realize self-growth and self-actualization through her teachings. Her Certifications speak for themselves as Umang Goel is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).  She has accumulated over 5,500 teaching hours in Yoga, Breathing & Meditation. She skillfully incorporates both a Yin style of holding poses as well as Vinyasa style of breath-movement synchronicity. She blends the essential aspects of traditional yoga traditions in “one hour” yoga, breathing, and meditation sessions. An important foundation to Umang’s philosophy is that spiritual aspects of yoga are essential and go hand in hand with the physical practice (She also brings her life coaching skills into her practice). She practices and teaches yoga, pranayama, meditation and nutrition 7 days a week, with enthusiasm, passion, and joy!


Graduates & Teachers In Training



Kristian Lorenzo

2014 Graduate

“I grew up in San Ramon and have a B.S. in Engineering from UC San Diego. Having taken poor care of myself through college, and with lingering injuries and mental and emotional fatigue, I decided it was time to make some changes. That is when I started my yoga journey in January 2013 here at Umang’s Wellness Haven. My original intention was solely to nurture my body back to health, but months of dedicated practice later I found that there was more happening. I experienced greater mental clarity, joy, and peace of mind than ever before. I wanted to share my experience with loved ones and with anyone else who would listen, but I didn’t quite know how to communicate what was happening for me. Now here I am in 2014 enrolled in teacher training. I’m excited to have the opportunity to show you the gifts that yoga can give. If you are looking for physical healing, yoga can surely help you. But if somewhere along the road you find that you are looking for more, for emotional and spiritual well-being, that is where things get exciting =D. My passions outside of yoga include traveling, tennis, hiking, running, and any sort of adventure activity from skydiving, white water rafting, kayaking, zip lining, to whatever else there is out there that I haven’t tried yet. Basically anything that gets me outdoors. Nothing beats nature.”


Danielle Saunders

Teacher In Training

Danielle simply adores yoga, from the beginning breathing exercises to the warrior poses to the twists, the balances all the way to savasana. She began her yoga practice getting back into shape after her second child, in 2004. She has practiced several styles of yoga over the last 10 years including: Restorative, Forrest, Bikram, Hatha and Vinyasa. An avid traveler, meditator, dancer and transformational coach/psychotherapist, Danielle incorporates Vedic, classic Tantra and Mindfulness into her yoga philosophy. Her teaching style blends Hatha Flow and Restorative poses to create strength, flexibility and maximum detoxing of the body. She loves to combine fresh music and meditation with well-loved sequences of poses. An attentive teacher, she welcomes students of all ages and yoga-levels, from beginners to advanced! She is delighted to be in the Teacher Training program at Wellness Haven with her trainer, the joyful Umang, and her talented fellow student-teachers.


Erin Helm

2014 Graduate

“I grew up in the Bay Area and have a BA in Theatre Arts from Cal State East Bay.  Growing up and during college, I have taken many classes in gymnastics, dance movement, ballet, and martial arts. I believe yoga supplements many other physical activities because it combines grace, flexibility, and balance with strength, stamina, and focus. I became interested in yoga not only to physically challenge myself, but primarily to receive the mental clarity  I knew I was lacking in my life. I was suffering from anxiety and sleep deprivation and I did not feel comfortable taking medicine. When I began yoga, within 3 months my friends and family told me they noticed a change in my mental outlook on life. I felt happier, less shy, more confident, stronger physically and I was learning how to quiet my over active mind. I believe yoga can help relieve depression, prevent anxiety, help with physical pain, and allow one to find peace and joy in his or her heart. I look forward to sharing with others the energizing and harmonious blend of benefits yoga brings to life. In my spare time, I love to travel, hike, read, cook, and spend time with my husband and my family.”


Poonam Uppal

2014 Graduate

“I was born and raised in India and received my Masters in Science in India.  My father, a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, practices yoga and meditation every day since he was young, and I have always followed him on this path and yoga has been a part of my life since childhood.  I currently live in San Ramon with my family and Quincy, our puppy.  I love the San Francisco bay area and enjoy being with my family and friends.  In addition to yoga, I am passionate about singing and dancing.  I look forward to completing my Yoga teacher’s training and serve the community on a path to health and happiness. I am extremely excited to be here at Umang’s Wellness Haven where I have been practicing yoga for nearly two years now. In January of 2014, I further enrolled in the teacher’s training program- this is an incredible experience training with an awesome mentor and fabulous classmates!! Thanks to my best friend who introduced me to this studio, I feel privileged and thankful to learn and practice yoga at Wellness Haven!!”


Vaishali Puranik

2014 Graduate

“I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India and earned my Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication from Mumbai University. I grew up in a very spiritual family with a lot of influence from my grandparents who firmly believed in simple yogic life. At age 12, I enrolled in my first yoga camp conducted by Yoga Vidya Dham, Nashik. I went on to earn my yoga teaching credentials and later assisted in teaching yoga for 3 years in my local community before my higher education studies took precedence. Over the years I was yearning to get back to practicing yoga, not just for the physical fitness aspect of it but also for mental peace and tranquility. I joined Umang’s Wellness Haven in summer 2013 and experienced immense benefits of yoga within a few months. I enrolled in the 2014 yoga teachers’ training program as I felt compelled to teach and show others how yoga can help them improve their physical and mental health to live a vibrant, healthy lifestyle. I am very thankful to Umang for providing me this opportunity. I am delighted to be in this engaging teacher training program with such a talented mentor and a remarkable group of student-teachers.”


Anjali Jetti

Teacher In Training

“I was born and raised in Karnataka, India. I grew up in a spiritual environment from my childhood. After my Bachelors at San Jose State, CA, it came to me that we can extract knowledge from yoga into our everyday busy lives and make it harmonious for our good health, happiness, and living life to the fullest. I am so privileged and grateful to have the Yoga Teacher Training program to unfold what I have to give to myself and to many others. Thanks to Umang for creating this flexible opportunity to make this dream come true for myself, and also for my awesome fellow team members. Above all, I am deeply grateful to my husband and my angel-my son- for supporting me through this yoga journey!”

Aparna Ananth

Aparna Ananth

2015 Graduate

“I was born and brought up in Bangalore, India. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and have been interested in matters of health and well being. During my college days I enrolled in aerobics classes and have been trying my best to stay fit ever since. I moved to the United States 20 years ago and am currently living in San Ramon with my husband, my 11-year-old Son, and our family dog Buddy. I worked as a Pharmacist for about 5 years. In the meantime, I was also developing an interest in the culinary arts especially plated desserts and pastries. I enrolled in California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and graduated as a Bakery & Pastry Chef.
I came to Wellness Haven Yoga Studio through two of my good friends. I enrolled in the 3 month Nutrition, Breathing, Meditation & Yoga Class Package. Umang has inspired me from the very beginning. My Journey so far has been a very fruitful one. Within a few weeks I realized the benefits of eating right. I felt light, energetic and flexible. Good nutrition in conjunction with yoga is a very beautiful experience. I loved the whole program so much that I wanted to learn everything there is to know about yoga and joyfully enrolled in the Yoga Teacher’s Training Program. I know I can do this because of Umang.
My hobbies include cooking, reading, entertaining, taking naps, walking, watching movies, and petting every dog that I see.”


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