Join us This October Or Next February For Our 200 Hour Training


Take the 200-Hour Yoga for Wellness Teacher Training course and get certified this year.

Enjoy a flexible schedule and a career you can take with you anywhere in the world.


Dates & Pricing


  • 6 Week Winter Residential Course District 2 HCMC October 28th - December 6th 2019

  • 3 Week Fall Intensive Course District 2 HCMC February 1st - 25th, 2020

  • 3 Week Summer Intensive Course June 15th - July 7th, 2020

Where: Jiva Yoga Saigon, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Course Fee: $2,890 USD

Register now or contact us for more information. You can message us here, email or call +84 90 303 9526

October 28th - December 6th, 2019

6 Week Residential Course 08:30am - 02:30pm Monday to Friday

Sample Daily Schedule - 6 Week Course:

  • 08:30 - 10:00am Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice

  • 10:00 - 12:00pm Asana Breakdowns- Alignment, Cueing & Teaching Skills, Anatomy, Ayurveda or Meditation Class & Asana Breakdown

  • 12:00 - 01:00pm Lunch & Lectures

  • 01:00 - 02:30pm Adjustments, Philosophy, Self Inquiry, Wellness & Yogic Lifestyle Topics, Meditation

FEBRUARY 3rd - 27th, 2020

4 Week Winter Intensive from 08:30am - 05:30pm with 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th & 23rd off

Sample Daily Schedule - 4 Week Winter Course: 

  • 08:30am - 11:30am Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice

  • 11:30am - 1:00pm Asana Breakdowns- Alignment, Cueing & Teaching Skills, Anatomy, Ayurveda or Meditation Class & Asana Breakdown

  • 01:00pm - 02:30pm Lunch & Lectures

  • 02:30pm - 05:30pm Adjustments, Philosophy, Self Inquiry, Wellness & Yogic Lifestyle Topics, Meditation

JUNE 15TH - JULY 7TH, 2020

3 Week Summer Intensive from 07:00am - 04:00pm with June 21st, 28th & July 5th off

Sample Daily Schedule - 3 Week Summer Course:

  • 07:00am - 10:00am Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice

  • 10:00 - 12:00pm Asana Breakdowns- Alignment, Cueing & Teaching Skills, Anatomy, Ayurveda or Meditation Class & Asana Breakdown

  • 12:00 - 01:00pm Lunch & Lectures

  • 01:00 - 04:00pm Adjustments, Philosophy, Self Inquiry, Wellness & Yogic Lifestyle Topics, Meditation

What’s Included:

  • Yoga for Wellness 200 - Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate

  • Yoga for Wellness 200 - Hour Yoga Teacher Training Manual

  • 210 hours of live training and homework

  • Meditation for Wellness by Suzanne Vian Course Workbook

  • Yoga for Wellness Homework Packet

  • 8 Course Books

  • 20 Hour Yoga Anatomy Course, including manual

  • Light, healthy food made with love, served daily

  • Home brewed tea and water

  • “One on One” meetings & coaching sessions with your instructors

  • Yoga mats are provided as needed

  • The use of Jiva Yoga Studio’s yoga props (blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows and body cover sheets for savasana).

  • Access to alumni discounts on courses and workshops


What will you learn?

Philosophy and Lifestyle

This holistic course is an experiential,  ‘practical’ training. We get to the roots of the practice and philosophy based on the Sutras (so helpful and important) and modern psychology. The straight forward, no - nonsense way information is presented helps our students to assimilate and integrate information and the practices thoroughly. Knowledge is power. This aim of this course is to train attendees thoroughly on asana, pranayama and meditation. Having a solid understanding sets the foundation for teaching others well. Learn to focus and experience your practice with undivided attention. You will be challenged to do your best work, driven by humility, your highest self and being in service to others, as opposed to being “ego driven” or “good at yoga”.  

You will also learn to accept yourself as a practitioner and teacher of yoga (your short comings, your strengths and all of you. Compassion is at the heart of this course). My training is in Eastern and Western philosophy so I share from both places. Information in this course is easy to absorb and apply to daily living.

My love is simplicity. I will teach you practices that enable you to really understand your body and to practice according to what is needed on any given day, dependent on what is happening in your body, with your health, your life and this includes mentally, emotionally as well as physically. You will become more familiar with and grounded in your true nature. This will make you a wonderful, loving teacher.


The main meditation we practice is called The Kelee Meditation Practice. This practice was developed by a man named Ron Rathbun in California. Ron is a lecturer at UC San Diego. His work has been published in major medical journals and is still being researched as to it’s benefits. Ron works alongside medical professionals to help patients to heal from stress, anxiety and PTSD disorders. Look for Ron’s books on The Kelee Meditation on The practice he developed takes around 7 minutes to do each time, including reflection and journaling. This is a practice of “stillness of mind”.

In terms of mindfulness practices, we also cover concentration techniques which are sometimes referred to as meditation. These practices involve being in the present, self awareness, self acceptance and will help free up your head space. You will explore living in harmony, in line your values and explore NLP and visualization techniques as well as positive psychology. Once you have established your mindfulness practice, you can teach others from experience.

Ayurveda & Philosophy

In this lecture series, you'll learn the fundamental building blocks of Ayurveda to understand how it can help you in your daily life, and in the bigger picture. We'll look at the history and philosophy behind this ancient wisdom, Ayurveda's approach to nutrition, diet, lifestyle, and practices that can make a difference in your wellbeing and that of your students.  


For your anatomy lessons, you will be provided with practical, useful information to keep ourself and your students safe. Aside from in class anatomy training, supplemental online materials become your property and can be used for reference as needed in the years to come.

"Suzanne's Yoga For Wellness teacher training was transformational. The focus on alignment and foundations of yoga has completely changed my personal practice and will influence every class I teach. Suzanne helps to strip away the ego and jazziness that often accompanies yoga these days, and helps her students to understand the incredible benefits of yoga as a lifestyle choice. Her focus on mindfulness has changed the way I interact and react in daily life and I feel like a better mother, partner and citizen as a result of this training. Would highly recommend this course and really look forward to continuing my development with Suzanne." - Stephanie Cantrell. UK


This course is non - dogmatic. You will learn foundational practices (over 60 asana, core and breath techniques)  that you can play with to create beautiful sequences of any length to teach or practice. You will learn SO MUCH here. I have taught for a long time and this is one of my favorite parts of teaching - helping students learn to create beautiful sequences. My 26 year background in yoga has moved in phases mostly in Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Forrest Yoga - with some other more obscure practices mixed in along the way. My relationship with my teachers who trained me is what set the tone for my own teaching. The commitment I showed my teachers made them committed to me and I do my best to teach each student independently, even in larger group settings. I have a vested interest in every student I work and which goes beyond yoga and giving out certifications. I care about my students soulful development and the way they will work with their own students in the future.

That being said, your training will be a culmination of different styles, taught in reasonable and logical ways that make sense. You will study with and without props (we also cover also a bit of Yin and Restorative) and help you to become familiar and understand your own body well. From this foundation, you can help students of all ages and abilities and keep everyone safe (including yourself). Yoga related injuries for teachers are common, so our first mission is to do our best to ensure our graduates know how to stay safe and keep their students safe.

Class Development

You will learn to adjust sequences based on pacing, sequencing, etc. and will learn a simple, effective and creative ways of developing interesting classes for you, your family and students based on current state of health, age, fitness level, time of day, amount of time you have to teach a class, etc. Based on feedback from graduates and my own understanding, this training course which has been developed over several years is thorough. If you do the work asked and follow our lead, you can become a successful teacher of yoga and truly enjoy your career as a yoga teacher. Our course offers the maximum allotted time for practice teaching, to give trainees a chance to become as comfortable and confident as possible with teaching others.


You will learn a variety of breathing techniques. We take our time during raining to help students cultivate a solid pranayama practice. You will look and feel different after really getting into this. You will look and feel bright, with more energy to focus, enjoy better sleep, a calmer mind (or more alert depending on which breath technique and what your need is at the time of practice). The breathing you will learn is kept simple because that is what works and what you and your students need on a daily basis, at a minimum. More advanced pranayama can be layered on later (most importantly, when you feel ready). To have a solid foundation in pranayama, you must have an established daily practice and you need to work on the basics for awhile. Mastering basics is the right way to practice and is plenty for most people.

Life Skills

This course is an all around life coaching, health and mindfulness program with asana, meditation and pranayama at the core. You will be given a solid foundation with great habits to draw on for the rest of your life's practice (and pass this to others if you so wish). Especially in the self development area of your practice. This is the highlight of our course and your mind is the true foundation of all you do in life. Upon graduation, you will have a beautiful practice to build on as you progress throughout your life and teach others, if you choose to do so. You can support others holistically with a nice tool bag of ways to support your clients on their wellness journey. Yoga asana is just one tool, and in taking this course you will have many other things to share to keep your clients interested and engaged which that run way deeper than just superficial physical practice. To top this off, you will also benefit greatly from your own self care and practice every single day of your training.

Course Instructors

Suzanne Vian E-RYT500, YACEP, RCYT

Jiva Studio Founder, Lead Instructor for all categories

Head Trainer


Suzanne Vian, E-RYT 500 is an expert trainer with a keen sense of what trainees need to achieve success and depth in their practice or as teachers. Suzanne has been a teacher / practitioner for going on 3 decades, is an expert in the field of training yoga teachers and brings great insight throughout the training in challenging students to do their very best work. She has taught well over 13,000 hours of yoga and mindfulness to students from around the world since 2003 and has run over 30 Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher trainings to date. Suzanne is actively involved in spreading yoga and mindfulness to youth as well as adults and is a peace activist, public speaker and humanitarian.


Robin Shepard, E-RYT200, RYT500, RCYT

Teacher Training Instructor Asana, Anatomy, Meditation

Course Instructor

Robin shares her knowledge of over 2 decades of dedicated practice and teaching. A compassionate, challenging and articulate instructor, Robin deeply cares for students and their personal ad professional development. Robin was a devout Ashtanga practitioner for many years, has a strong background in Vinyasa, Hatha & Iyengar and took her first 200 - hour Yoga Teacher with Suzanne. Robin has a gift for articulating information clearly, and for guiding aspiring teachers and trainees to understand what is happening in their own bodies and how to become successful teachers.


Suzanne Kirkvaag Reppe, RYT200

Teacher Training Instructor - Asana, Meditation, Healing

Course Instructor


Suzanne is from Oslo, Norway and is a Yoga for Wellness graduate, an interesting and gifted healer / yogi who generously shares her knowledge with others. Suzanne is coming over from Norway to support the summer training and will be a powerful, grounding force for the training and attendees learning to become healers themselves. Along with Suzanne Vian, Suzanne Kirkvaag Reppe will be covering some of the following in the summer YTT: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mindfulness and practical healing techniques.


Stephane Laporte, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Lecturer on Anatomy & Safe Practice

Course Instructor

Stephane is from France and is an osteopathic manual therapist with a focus on pain management. Stephane is also a personal trainer. He believes that teaching and empowering people with knowledge is the key to owning one's wellness. With that philosophy, Stephane has been helping clients and patients through one-on-one clinical treatments in an international hospital, and lectures for nationally recognized certifications. He has assisted Suzanne’s trainings in anatomy from the beginning, lecturing on joints health and protection, safe range of motion, common sports injuries management, safe practice, ergonomics & general body reading.


Massimo Barberi

Course Instructor

Massimo has practiced yoga since 1991 and has worked as a professional yoga teacher for 19 years (in Italy and in Norway). He has studied the Indian philosophies and the Yoga traditions both academically (at the University of religious studies in Trento), and practically, learning the traditional Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Tantra Yoga under the teaching of Indian swamis (traditional yoga monks) and participating to the Yoga Educators trainings of the institute AMAYE in Sweden and Germany (more than 500 hours).

Massimo works in collaboration with the international Integral Yoga school Samadhi (Florence). In 2011 he became also a certified Ayurveda therapist (Ayurveda is the medical side of the Yoga tradition) with the European Institute of Ayurveda (London) and will be leading the Ayurveda studies live (remotely) from Norway for the 200 YTT.


Sabrina Choo, RYT200

Summer Course Teaching Assistant


Sabrina rediscovered yoga back in 2014, through a close friend who inspired her, and still inspires her till this day.  At that time, Sabrina was looking for a space where she could leave work stress behind and the yoga mat was her answer - she found brightness, harmony and joy.  Her interest and love for yoga grew since then, particularly with Vinyasa style of yoga. 

Sabrina is known for her energy and playfulness and she wishes to share that with her students - bringing light and joy to them. 


Course Breakdown

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

  • Study and application of the Yoga Sutras, specifically the Yamas and Niyamas

  • Ethics for yoga teachers

  • Self development and understanding

  • Health & wellness

  • Introduction to Ayurveda

  • Seva – being in service to humanity

Group Practicum and Presentation Skills: 15 hours

  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor

  • Receiving and giving feedback

  • Observing others teaching

  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Homework and Exams: 20 hours

In order to graduate and get your certification, you will need to complete homework assignments, study for, and pass a series of exams. The homework assignments can be completed during or after the course and is designed to support the material covered in class and to help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning to teach after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and instead, take the course for non- credit.

Study with experienced teachers at an established school, founded in 2003.

Instructor Suzanne Vian has run more than 30 Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings for children (RCYS) and adults (RYS 200).

Techniques, Training & Practice: 100 hours

  • In-depth study and guided practice of yoga asanas (movement and physical postures) including proper alignment, verbal and visual cueing, delivering safe, effective hands-on adjustments, modification and use of props to improve expression of a posture, using drishtis, using and strengthening bandhas, and addressing a diverse student base: those with injury and disease, those with varying levels of knowledge about yoga, those in a specific life stage such as pre or post-natal or retirement.

  • In-depth study and guided practice of pranayama (yogic breathing) including the proper pairing of breath with movement, specific breathing techniques for heating and cooling the body, energizing and calming the mind, and building core strength.

  • In-depth study and guided practice of meditation & mindfulness techniques and styles, including guided visualization, concentration exercises, mantra, chanting, yoga nidra, journaling, and establishing a regular personal practice of Kelee Meditation.

Teaching Methodology: 25 hours

  • Class planning –sequencing, pacing, developing students in stages, setting intentions, student learning process

  • Class facilitation and delivery – finding your voice, confidence, holding space, uniting the room, verbal cueing, physical demonstration, observation, assisting and adjusting etiquette

  • Addressing the specific needs of individuals and special populations within group classes and in 1:1 sessions.

  • Introduction to other styles of yoga (Restorative, Yin, Iyengar)

  • The business of yoga – marketing, legal issues, differentiation

  • Group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries

Anatomy and Physiology: 10 hours

  • Study of human anatomy and physiology (organ, muscle, and skeletal systems of the body)

  • Study of energy anatomy (chakra system, nadis, etc.)

  • Application to specific yoga practice and postures including benefits, contraindications, modifications, use of props, and safe adjustments



Our studio is a short motorbike or taxi ride away from downtown Ho Chi Minh City in the outskirts called Thao Dien, An Phu, District 2.  This is a beautiful area with a local, hip vibe; a developing yet quaint little neighborhood near the Saigon River with lots of great coffee shops to have a quiet meal or mix it up with local and expat others.

We have lots of chilled out places in the area with amazing local and western food where you can lounge around, read a book or do your homework. Accomodations near the studio range from very affordable to luxury. District 2 is a great place to call home for awhile as you train, focus on yourself and your studies. There are lots of quiet little streets to ride a bike (you can bike to class, most apartments and rental places would have a bike to borrow if you ask) or take a long walk in the evenings. It is also easy to rent a motorbike if you feel like scooting around. Take a motorbike taxi or a drive yourself over the Saigon Bridge over to downtown to see the markets, do a bit of shopping and catch a little Saigon city action on your day off. Or just kick back in District two and chill out. 

Out of town guests

There are plenty of Air BnB's near Jiva Studio to come and stay in Vietnam while you train. With the 6 week program, you can get away form weekends or explore the city. Our area of HCMC is Thao Dien, District 2 and is a quaint town that has become a hot spot for travelers due to it's simple charm, awesome restaurants and easy walking, biking and daily living. Let us know if we can help to assist or advise.

Yoga Alliance Info

Homework: There are 20 hours worth of course homework which must be completed within 30 days of successful graduation to receive Yoga Alliance certification. You can begin working on your course homework anytime after receiving your course materials. 

Attendance: This is a globally recognized training, accredited with the Worldwide Yoga Alliance. You need to have a 90% attendance rate to successfully graduate your course. If you have to miss class, you will be provided with make up work. 

Yoga Alliance certification: You will receive your Yoga for Wellness certificates upon successful completion of the course. For Yoga Alliance accreditation: You have from the day you register up to 1 month after successful completion of the training to submit your homework and 10 class register to receive Yoga Alliance accreditation. You will need to attend 10 classes with a qualified Yoga Alliance registered instructor of your choice on your own time, as part of your certification for Yoga Alliance and submit a report on the class. If you are unable to attend classes with our teachers, other teachers in your area are fine, as long as they are Yoga Alliance instructors. We will provide you a sign off sheet and instructions for writing class reports once you are registered.

Other info
In order for Suzanne to provide enough props for each attendee, maintain a high level of personal attention for each person and ensure quality education, student numbers are limited. 

GROUPS OF 3 OR MORE STUDENTS: Email us at to inquire about our current promotional rate for groups.

Refund Policy: There are no refunds for our courses. If we must cancel a course, a full refund will be given.  If you must miss a course due to an emergency, you may attend a future course within 12 months of your cancellation date, based on space availability and with documentation provided for your emergency. 


Study with kind hearted, experienced teachers in a fully purpose built yoga studio designed by Suzanne’s first yoga student and dear friend, world renowned Danish architect / interior designer Fong Chan Zeuthen of Kaze Design Studio.