Join us in February OR June 2019 for our special
Yoga Teacher Training courses.
Take the 200-Hour Yoga for Wellness Teacher Training Course and get certified in February or June 2019.
Dates: 6 Weeks February 22nd - April 4th, 2019 or 3 Weeks Summer Intensive June 15th - July 6th, 2019.
Where: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Early Bird Price: $2600 USD (+ 1 month membership at Jiva Yoga Studio)
Register Now or Contact Suzanne for more information message us here or firstname.lastname@example.org or call +84 90 303 9526.
What will you learn?
Philosophy and Lifestyle
This is an experiential, ‘practical’ training. We do get into the roots of the practice and philosophy based on the Sutras (so helpful and important). But the way information is presented makes it easy for a Western mind to assimilate, for any mind for that matter. This course grounds students and focuses on practicality and experiencing the practice with full attention, full focus and driven by humility as opposed to ego or being “good at yoga”.
You will learn to accept yourself as a practitioner and teacher of yoga (your short comings, your strengths and all of you). 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, and I enjoy teaching practices that enable students understand their bodies and practice according to what is needed on any given day, dependent on what is happening in your body, 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 meditation we practice was developed by a man I admire named Ron Rathbun, in California. Ron teaches at UC San Diego and the practice is called The Kelee Meditation practice. Ron’s work has been published in major medical journals, he works at one of the world top meditation research centers, and is a lecturer at UC San Diego. He works mainly with medical professionals. Look for Ron’s books on The Kelee Meditation on Amazon.com. The practice 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 being in the present, self awareness, self acceptance and help free up your head space. You will contemplate living in line your values and will explore NLP and work on visualization as well as positive psychology. Once you have your own established mindfulness practice, you can teach others from that 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 such a difference in your wellbeing and that of your students.
"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 main background is in Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram and Forrest Yoga - with some other more obscure practices mixed in allow me to teach what I know will help students most.
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.
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.
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.
For your anatomy lessons, you will be provided with practical, useful information to keep ourself and your students safe. Course materials become your property and can be used for reference as needed in the years to come.
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.
Dates & Pricing
February 22nd - April 4th, 2019. Fee: $2600 USD
6 Week Course 08:30am - 02:30pm Monday to Friday.
* PROMOTION: Receive a 1 month unlimited yoga membership at Jiva Yoga Studio if you register and pay by January 15th, 2019. Our normal course rate is 2,800 USD. We also accept deposits to hold spaces for the course.
June 15th - July 6th, 2019. Fee: $2600 USD
3 Week Summer Intensive from 07:00am - 04:00pm with June 23rd and 30th off.
* PROMOTION: Receive a 1 month unlimited yoga membership at Jiva Yoga Studio if you register pay by March 15th, 2019. Our normal course rate is 2,800 USD. We also accept deposits to hold spaces in the course.
Sample Daily Schedule - 6 Week Course:
08:30 - 10:00am Asana, & Pranayama 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
“Yoga for Wellness by Suzanne Vian” 200 - Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate”
“Yoga for Wellness by Suzanne Vian 200 - Hour Yoga Teacher Training Manual”
“Meditation for Wellness by Suzanne Vian Course Workbook”
“20 Hour Yoga for Wellness Homework Packet”
9 Course Books (PDF’s as well as book copies)
20 Hour Yoga Anatomy Course, including manual (with videos to keep for future reference)
Light Ayurvedic food made with love by “Ira;s Savories”
Home brewed tea and water
Sun salutation videos with Jiva’s teachers for reference in class preparation and class building
5 Hours of Ayurveda Lectures with Ayurvedic Counselor Sarah Patterson (with 5 hours of video to keep for future reference)
Discounted rates for Ayurvedic counseling with Sarah Patterson
2 Hours of lectures with Osteopath Stephane Laporte
Discounted Osteopathic sessions with Stephane
“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
Music play lists, created by Suzanne & Jiva’s teachers for using in your classes or at home.
Suzanne Vian E-RYT500, YACEP, RCYT
Jiva Studio Founder, Senior Instructor & Course Developer
Suzanne Vian, E-RYT 500 is an expert trainer with a keen sense of what trainees and students need to achieve success and depth in their practice or as teachers. Suzanne has been a teacher / practitioner for going on 3 decades, has led over 40 teacher trainings and taught more than 13,000 hours of yoga and mindfulness to students from all over the world.
Robin Shepard, E-RYT200, RYT500, RCYT
Teacher Training 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 and 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.
Sarah Patterson, C-IAYT, AHC, RYT500
Teacher Training Instructor, Lecturer on Ayurveda & Whole Health, Yoga Philosophy
Sarah is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher, certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and a certified Yoga Therapist. Her love and enthusiasm for sharing the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda stem from her own experience of transformation from bringing them into her life. The powerful journey of whole-self understanding that was woven into her first 200-hour yoga teacher training (Suzanne’s training!) hooked her for life, and she is now devoted to continuing that journey, and helping to guide others in their own. Sarah specializes in teaching Therapeutic and Trauma Aware Yoga, and helps people cultivate a better relationship with food and their bodies through Ayurveda.
“It means so much to me to be a part of this 200hr program because of the incredible power I know it holds for our students. This training can be such a catalyst for deep self-discovery, self-understanding, and great transformation- I’ve experienced it myself, and witnessed it in many others. There are infinite practical ways Yoga Philosophy and Ayurveda can better our lives, and I look forward to sharing their wisdom with students every time. It is truly an honor to be present for them on their path inward, whether they go on to teach yoga afterward or not. Being a therapeutic yoga teacher, I love how much emphasis there is on cultivating the mind-body connection, and for students to learn to listen to their bodies as yoga teachers to keep them safe in their own practice as it grows, and to help their students keep themselves safe. That is something that’s really missing from a lot of teacher trainings out there, and the way that it’s fostered here is really special. This is an incredibly rich foundation for yoga teachers-to-be, and for those learning for their own practice.” You can learn more about Sarah on her website beradicallywell.com, or her Ayurvedic food blog thekarmickitchen.com.
Stephane Laporte, Doctor of Osteopathy
Lecturer on joints health and protection, safe range of motion, common sports injuries management, safe practice, ergonomics & general body reading
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, group or private strengthening and rehabilitation classes, lectures for nationally recognized certifications as well as for anatomy for yoga instructors.
Owner of “Ira’s Savories”
Ira is a science teacher by trade who has a passion and talent for cooking. She believes that everyone has their own unique way of meditating. Her meditation is making others happy with healthy, home-cooked meals! Ira prepares light, nourishing food made with love for our busy trainees and staff.
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
Nutrition, 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 our well established school, founded in 2003.
Instructor Suzanne Vian has run more than 40 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.
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: If a group signs up and paying at once receive a 10% discount off the regular price of the course.
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 cancelation date, based on space availability and with documentation provided for your emergency.
Thank you and namaste.
Study with experienced teachers at our established training school, founded in 2003.
Our school has run more than 40 Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings for children (RCYS) and adults (RYS 200).