The thing I remember most about my teacher training was the feeling of strength and steadiness I felt in myself from training my body and mind day in and out. The amount of personal growth I experienced changed my life forever and even to this day I see the benefits of that incredible month spent immersed in practice.

It is a huge honor to lead trainees through this journey into the self. It is a beautiful transformation to witness as students explore, heal what needs to be healed and shed old ways of thinking, only to develop new habits and patterns on all levels. They are literally glowing.

I also learn so much from each trainee that crosses my path, as every person is so different and coming to this will knowledge of their own which they share during our time together. Every person who comes brings their own wisdom. It is truly awe inspiring.

I want to thank those who have the courage to step on this path. The effect we are having as yogis globally is for real. We are striving for peace, compassion and understanding. We CAN and we ARE making this world a better place and there is no denying this movement which was once considered a "trend”.

Yoga and meditation are overtaking this world. Because practice makes us feel better, healthier and sane.

What an exciting time to be a yoga teacher.

Wishing everyone well on this incredible journey through life!

Namaste, Suzanne

To find out about our upcoming trainings go to

12 Reasons to join Jiva Yoga Saigon’s Teacher Training


Take our Yoga Teacher Training & Give Back to YOURSELF 

1.   Get a handle on your mind.

The most important element in life satisfaction is our mental state. Our training focuses on cultivating a healthy mental state and positive attitude.


2.   Get a handle on your body.

Get into the best health you can be in by focusing fully on your body and your physical strength, as you iron out your stuck spots in your body on all levels and in all systems of your body, every single day for 3 weeks.


3.   More Self Love & Patience.

Love yourself exactly where you are at. This training focuses on self love, body love, life love, self awareness & self compassion. Find your peace and self love at the deepest core of your being. When you really have this emanating from within, you will be filled with the best vibes and love and light for your students should you choose to teach other people. Good vibes are contagious. Be the change.


4.   Establish a daily mindfulness practice.

You won’t get away from this one in our training! This is a huge piece of our training. You will meditate. Every. Single. Day. And you will feel incredible for it. Meditating isn’t all the rage for nothing. It works. It makes us calm and strong.

5.   Understand your asana practice once and for all.

You will gain a SOLID understanding of yoga asana. What works for you, what works for others you teach, how to approach your own practice in an effective way with the highest attention to integrity and presence in each pose.  

6.   Get certified by a school who demands your best.

We take training our students seriously. We have a versted interest in your development and success, you are not a number to us, we want to see you shine and teach well, with confidence. This is not the easiest training although it is within reach to any committed student who comes with an open mind and whole - heartedly to our training. We support every one of our students to the best of our ability.


7.   Practical health knowledge – for healing thyself or others.

Over dozens of previous trainings, we have skill. We are a well - established school, founded in 2003 and we have combed over subjects that we feel get the job done for healing bodies and minds efficiently. This course is highly experiential and practical. We cover basic Ayurveda, basic massage, and everything yoga and pranayama related which helps to bring a students body and mind into better balance. In our 200 Hour teacher training, we keep our training simple, deep and thorough. Everyone needs solid ground to build on.


8.   Get a handle on your breath.

We have seen countless students who have not mastered their breath! This is a no go in our course. You will master your breath. You will go deep into pranayama and never be the same breather after successfully graduating from this course.


9.  Come as you are.

This course is for all students of all abilities who are willing to do the work with a good attitude towards growing and learning. We love our students. We feel everyone can gain from our training experience.


10.  Get certified, spread the goodness.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be certified by our school and can be certified by the Worldwide Yoga Alliance, should you choose to. Our biggest concern is your credibility as a teacher and that you are as confident as possible by the time you set out to teach. This of course is as much on you as it is on us, but we do everything in our power to give every student what they need. Many of our students come for personal growth but many have gone on to become successful teachers and servants to humanity.

11. Have a flexible career you can grow anywhere you go.

A career in yoga teaching gives you a beautiful way to earn a living anywhere you live, and to be able to work a schedule that fits into your life.

12. Because you are the best investment you can ever make.

Happiness and freedom of mind are priceless. This course stirs the pot, clears and shoots trainees out into the world feeling stronger and more clear than ever. This training has been developed over many years and just keeps getting better. Our focus is 500% on your personal and professional development.

Wishing you well on your journey & hope to see you in our upcoming Yoga Teacher Training Course.

Jiva Yoga Saigon



Money in the Bank


No, not denero. $$$

Every time you get on your mat.

Even time you take a deep breath on purpose.

Every time you sit and quiet your head.

It is like money in the bank.

You NEVER know when you will need to draw on those reserves.

Practice with devotion.

You might need it more than you know one day.


Ohhh Child 😜

Walk in the Rays of the Beautiful Sun

Let nothing stop you from making the most of your world and your

Consider your hardships badges of honor. Let’s grow strong and more beautiful through the tough stuff.

Keep Your Dreams Alive. Make it Happen.

Motonosumi-inari Shrine (Yamaguchi):

Motonosumi-inari Shrine (Yamaguchi):

This beautiful shrine is where local Japanese go to wish for success.

Surrounded by the sea on all four sides, Japan has received many benefits from the sea throughout its history. Japanese people have had a deep faith God, and have prayed for safe fishing and big catches at the shrines.

The "Motosumi Inari Shrine" in Nagato, Yamaguchi is one of such shrines.

Legend says in 1955, a white fox appeared beside a local fisherman named Hitoshi Okumura one night, leaving an oracle. Okumura was told to hold a religioius ceremony for the Shinto spirit as a thank you for their long history of success in fishing, and so he decided to build the shrine.

In addition to prosperity in business, big catches, and safety on the sea, people come to the shrine to pray for many things like good relationships, child blessings, warding off evil and bringing in good luck, wealth, traffic safety, academic success, and wish fulfillment.

Speaking on dreams and success, I woke up this morning with a wish for prosperity and for the sake of fun and pleasure. Not of a place of lack but for what is possible to create and experience in life. Life is beautiful, it is a gift and the world is magnificent.

Yesterday my 11 year old son asked me “why are people and the world so weird?”

Our kids are exposed to a lot of things as they progress along and as a mothers, we can not stop our children’s minds from being influenced. However, we do have the ability to come right in the other side of his mind to challenge, question, inspire and influence.

All I had to say was…

“Let other people be weird and let the world be crazy, we can’t stop this. Let’s be the good ones.”

Keep your side of the street clean. Keep your life clear. Keep your own mind beautiful and that is all you need to focus on. Let the rest of the world be and do as it will. But do good things. Let’s be good human beings and enjoy life.”

His dream right now is to go to Japan (and have a TV lol but this is a conscious choice I have made in not having one in our house! It has been the BEST decision. He is creating and doing amazing things).

Feeling so blessed to have come this far and excited about how far we can go.

Optimism and focus can squash whatever stands in the way. If we can conquer our minds, we are well on our way!

Love and light from crazy Saigon!


5 Benefits of Kids Yoga


Do yoga with the kids in your life :) It is SO good for them!

1. Increases flexibility and balance

Yoga poses have been shown to build muscle, increase flexibility, and develop balance. Poses are done sitting, standing, or lying down and each pose is designed to focus on strengthening the body in various ways. Variations on yoga poses have been adapted for use in many other physical activities and can be seen anywhere from warm-ups before a sports game to ballet choreography.

2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Yoga blends physical activity with breath work and guided mindful activities to help children separate themselves from feeling stressed or anxious. Deep breathing exercises send signals to the brain telling it to relax. Yoga focuses on the present moment and encourages children to leave their thoughts and worries behind. With a relaxed body and mind children are better able to cope with their emotions, i.e. frustration, patience, sad, angry, excited.

3. Helps to develop concentration and focus

When practicing poses in yoga children must clear their minds and focus on moving their bodies into the pose or through a sequence of poses. Children’s yoga classes often incorporate mindful games, which allows them to build on their focus in a fun and entertaining way. A regular yoga practice will help translate focus from the movements in yoga practice to schoolwork and other activities the child is involved in. Sessions scaffold from the first to the last class, building repetition, patterns, and memory.

4. Creates a Strong Mind-Body Connection

In yoga, kids are encouraged to tune in to their bodies and notice how they really feel in each present moment. They build this connection through simple movements like wiggling their toes. They will learn how their body, mind, and breath all work together to make them feel like their best self both on and off the yoga mat.

5. Encourages a Sense of Self, Community, and Teamwork

Kids yoga activities can be done as individuals or as group exercises. Through yoga they are taught to focus on themselves personally as well as how they contribute to the success of a group or community through partner poses and group poses. Through these activities they build confidence with their practice and who they are as a person. Each child is taught to have an “I can” attitude with poses, and are taught to not give up even if a pose does not come to them easily.



How to Get Grounded. For Kids.


6 Simple Ways to Feel Healthy on the Inside.

I recently had the privilege of teaching at ABC school in District 7, Phu My Huong. I was so impressed with these kids and their level of honesty, kindness, engagement and mental focus. That class inspired this post by what I see can most benefit our youth making their way through school.

Take Deep Breaths

One hand on belly, one on heart. Breathe in slowly, breathe out slowly. You can calm yourself down anytime by taking 10 slow deep breaths and reminding yourself how important you are in the world. Even if you don't always feel like it, you are important. 

Do Something Nice

Doing something kind for a friend, a family member or a stranger can lift your mood instantly and take the focus off of your troubles. It is a fast way to feel good.

And while you are at it, what can you do that is nice for yourself? What could it be?

Ease Your Neck & Back

Lie on your back and neck may feel achey or tight. 

Lay on your back. Put your feet firm on the floor. Lift your butt up and take your hands under your body, clasped. Push your hips up and take deep breaths. This will feel really good to your back and neck.

Then twist your knees to one side, breathe for a bit & do the other side - same same :)

Reach Out

Everyone has bad days. It can help to speak to a friend or an adult who you trust when you are feeling blue. You don't have to deal with everything all on your own.

If you are feeling down, reach out your hand and you will be surprised at how much people care for you.

ve your back. No one needs friends who aren't supportive. We need friends who stand up for us and who are there for us.

Your People Matter

Surround yourself with solid people who have your back. No one needs friends who are.

It's better to be alone than to be surrounded by meanies. YouIt’s Ok can let go of people who are dangerous to your heart and mind and then build your friend circle up again with people who are kind.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

It’s Ok to Say No

Healthy boundaries make us feel better. If you are tired, rest. If you are not sure about something, you can slow down. If you aren't into something or someone, it's ok to step back. It's ok to say no thank you. Keep your boundaries. Take care of you 


May all be emotionally and mentally well. I hope this helps a kid or two.

Love and light,

Jiva's Yoga Studio's Founder Suzanne Vian

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In Service with Love

I was born and raised in Southern California, where I worked in the beauty and fashion industries prior to starting my career as a yoga teacher, moving onto becoming a busy studio owner in 2003 (Saigon Yoga).

I have always been drawn to philosophy, art and design. I began practicing yoga in the early 90's and self inquiry in my teens. When I started practicing, I was looking for ways to balance myself out. Yoga, meditation and self inquiry teach me to have more compassion towards myself and others. 

Yoga is not only a physical practice which feels great, it is a self reflective practice where we can learn more about ourselves if we pay attention. Yoga and meditation help us cultivate self understanding, patience, and the skill of letting go of what we don't need to hold on to (in our minds and lives), while testing our strength and limits. Yoga makes our bodies healthier and teaches us to breathe properly. 

I teach mainly in an effort to support humanity. However, teaching has been an incredible journey of learning and growth for me. Like everyone, I make mistakes but am able to forgive myself much easier and to let go of fighting, to soften myself more to life and have more patience in the world. Our minds are so powerful and our thoughts can be soothing or not. I am still learning and am happy to be on the path right alongside the students I teach. Humility is strength. You may wonder, what does yoga have to do with any of this? Well, our mats are a good place to learn self understanding and what kind of habits we exhibit off the mat, and to observe our inner dialogue. We start to notice when we are being lazy, want to give up, are pushing too hard, and are not focusing- and we can strengthen our weaknesses and feel our strength when we practice. Being on my mat literally makes me smile often times. It feels so good. 

My main focus at this stage is on training others to teach, in the hopes of making this world a better place. It's incredible to see how fast and far the practice has spread in the world and continues to grow rapidly. When I was young, my yogi friends and I used to dream of the world practicing and what an impact it would have on humanity. It's happening. I am in awe. 

I feel excited to share powerful practices for personal transformation not only for adults, but for children, as well (I started teaching kids yoga in 2004). It is exciting to watch yoga and mindfulness spread into schools for children. If I would have had these practices from youth, I would have had a different experience as a kid. I wish I had been given tools to help me manage my emotions and navigate through life's challenges better.

Yoga is so personal and people practice for many different reasons. I welcome you to come and learn. Yoga is something you do "for yourself".  It is non competitive and will help you open your body, release stress and find your way to your "center".  We need great mental and physical stamina to navigate each day's challenges.

Mindful practices are such blessings.

All my best,



Think About It! Higher Love :)

Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine
Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be

I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire
Let me feel the love come over me
Let me feel how strong it can be

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love,
Bring me a higher love
I could rise above for this higher love.

Steve Winwood - a wise guy