The Self Settlement Course is Back

A 2 week intensive course based on Svadhyaya: self-study and inner exploration.

Dates: August 26th - September 6th, 2019

Schedule: Mon - Fri from 12:30pm - 02:30pm

Where: Jiva Yoga Saigon, 50 Ngo Quang Huy, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Course Fee: 400 USD

Included in this course is daily in person sessions, your daily work book and a 1 – hour, one on one follow up session in person or on Skype with Suzanne (to be used within 2 weeks of the course end date).

All students are welcome. This course can be especially helpful for students preparing for the 200-hour Yoga for Wellness Teacher Training, or for anyone who can benefit from mental, emotional or physical nurturing in their life.


Have you ever tried to improve something in yourself or life? Was it hard? Did it work? What was the outcome? Were you disappointed with the results? Did you succeed? How does feeling over all happy, peaceful and satisfied with yourself affect your physical body and help heal pain or illness?

This intensive 12 day course (with the weekend off), explores the connection between your body and mind. You will walk away with easy to practice tools which will be soothing and easy to do. As the name “Self Settlement” suggests, the purpose of this course is only to help you get you more in touch with yourself (not only emotionally but physically. The mental and physical are as we all know by now are totally connected).

With time to reflect and through loving inner exploration, this course has helped people interact and communicate with their families and the world differently. What you think is all that matters and this is the master key. Life falls into place easier when we understand ourselves and live in line with our own values.

There is often this painful belief that there is something wrong with us and something to fix. Often to prove to others or ourselves that we are worthy and ok. But nothing needs to be proven and we are not broken, just growing.

Everyone has inner wisdom, inspiration and unique longings. Reaching inside our own minds as opposed to outside to others for guidance allows us to grow and create from a place of strength and being closely in touch with our true feelings thoughts and needs can help us to feel so much better, even on a physical level. Feeling clearer in our minds makes us feel lighter not only mentally but also physically. Our minds are so powerful and it’s so interesting to experience the close connection from our bodies to our minds and vise versa.

When we learn to breathe deep into our feelings, bodies and experiences, understand focus on ourselves and let our feelings guide us, we start to feel more connected, peaceful and content. When we are calmly aware of what we need most we can effortlessly make decisions and moves that align with what we truly want and need each day (a guilt free nap, a chat with a friend, to get up and move, etc.).  We can go with the flow. Trusting what someone else thinks would be good for us or dictates will work for us, “programs for improvement” can make us feel inferior and weak, while leaning from our selves and following our own lead makes us feel strong and confident.   

If our goal is to fix things about our selves and we come from a place of lack or unworthiness, we can feel disappointed in ourselves or our bodies when things don’t go according to plan, we are comparing ourselves to others or how we used to be and judge ourselves for failing. But we are never failing, just learning and our minds can be trained to rest, to accept ourselves and our bodies more as we make the best of each day feeling more relaxed instead of torturing ourselves along the way.

Sometimes we even sabotage our own efforts or feel stuck when we don’t measure up to our pre – set expectations or if we are trying to become someone or do something that is out of line with who we are and our true desires.  And trying to live up to another’s expectations, old out of date expectations of ourselves, or comparing ourselves to others is tiring and makes us feel like something is off. “Know thyself.”  Your own self -approval is what matters. 

 What do you long for? And are you missing experiences that are even mundane but lovely by being in your head, editing yourself and being self - critical? Would now be a good time to pause and connect with parts of yourself you have not felt connected to for who knows how long? Do you have the courage to take a closer look to see what is really happening inside of your mind? You might find desires you have forgotten about or are neglecting or that you are investing energy in ideas or things that aren’t making you feel satisfied and possibly even dampening your ability to feel over all settled inside of yourself?

Want to investigate your body & mind for 2 weeks, focus on deep self- care and see what comes up? 

There is an accountability element to this course, which helps a lot. Daily face - to - face sessions in a small group gives morale support and supports your commitment. The work we do in this course has inspired people to start new projects, change careers, strengthened relationships and families, raised confidence, increased mental and emotional stability, and people have even lost stubborn weight and look brighter and younger (stress makes us look older). Feeling in touch brings positive changes to life.   

How do you want to grow? 

Learn to carefuly listen to and trust your own voice to lead you forward in helpful and clear ways. You have what it takes to succeed because YOU are all it takes. 

More Power To You.



Day 1 

Greeting and simple yoga to release main areas of tension (suitable for all levels) 

Handouts of course work book 

Life assessment test #1 to recognize opportunities for creativity & growth 

Introduction of 2 acupressure techniques to release tension & stress 

Introduction to breathing techniques to center your mind & connect to yourself

Introduction to “stilling your mind”

Introduction of specific journaling techniques for clearing your mind & self - understanding

Take a photo of your face (not to share, for your own reference) 

Intention setting for the next day & homework assignment / experiment

Days 2-9

Yoga practice to release tension and connect with yourself 

Acupressure to release tension 

Perform breathing techniques to center your mind & connect to yourself

Discussion on techniques and experiences from the homework

Meditation practice #1

Journaling / reflection

Meditation practice #2

Setting intention for the next day & homework assignment / experiment 

Day 10 

Yoga practice to release tension and connect with yourself 

Acupressure to release tension 

Perform breathing techniques to center your mind & connect to yourself

Discussion on techniques and experiences from the homework

Meditation practice #1

Journaling / reflection

Meditation practice #2

New photograph (not to share, for your own reference) 

Life assessment test #2

Course reflections 


Read a blog post on this course here.

Read testimonials here 



Suzanne Vian was voted One of Asia's Top Teachers by Asia Spa Magazine and has been featured in national publications since 2003. Much of Suzanne's life has been dedicated to healing and helping others gain strength and inner peace through yoga & spirituality. During this course, she will be sharing tools gathered from over 2 decades of philosophy, health and healing research and 20+ years of teaching, personal development study and yoga / meditation practices which have helped her overcome difficulties in her own life and become a happier, more settled human being. 

Suzanne has a deep appreciation for others, thrives on challenge, and lives for love and personal satisfaction. She is the director of Jiva Yoga Saigon and developed the Yoga for Wellness 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course, The Self Settlement Course, and Children’s Yoga for Wellness Teacher Training Courses. Suzanne also hosts annual Wellness Retreats at the highly acclaimed Mia Mui Ne Resort in Phan Thiet, Vietnam.