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Mindfulness and meditation are having their moment in the health and wellness industry, and it’s no surprise. People are more stressed than ever thanks to increasing pressure at work, home and even social media (Tik Tok FOMO, anyone?). The good news is, there’s plenty of things you can do IRL and online to take care of your mental health, especially during Covid-19. 

All kinds of exercise have been proven to lift your spirits, boost self-esteem, lower stress levels and improve sleep. But certain activities are more effective at improving mental health than others, such as yoga and meditation. Omm!

Stretch it out

Yoga is great for mental health because it helps you stay in the present and become more bodily aware. This type of ‘mindful movement’ is a proven stress-buster and improves concentration while calming down the nervous system. Some styles of yoga, like vinyasa, actually move with your breath to help you stretch, flow and find your zen.

Be still

Meditation is the practice of training the mind to be still for a period of time, which, for many, is harder than it sounds. But don’t despair—there are plenty of guided meditations and alternative sound therapies like gong baths that can help you disconnect completely and float away to a place of inner peace and relaxation. 

Whether you have two minutes or two hours to spare, check in to these local wellness sanctuaries and studios to find your zen:

Jiva Yoga Studio Yoga Training Vietnam by Suzanne Vian

Soul sister Suzanne is Saigon’s go-to pro for Hatha and meditation, with a posse of expert yoga buffs leading weekly classes and workshops for all ages and abilities, including tots. Check schedule and workshops online.

 50 Ngo Quang Huy, District 1, HCMC, +84 289 0303 9526,

Zenith Yoga

Body as stiff as a stick? Bend over for some limb limbering asanas at this airy West Lake studio for novices to yoga junkies offering Meditation, Reiki, Vinyasa, Pilates and kids classes. Teacher training too… omm. Check online for schedule; drop ins are welcome.

 1-2/F, No. 99B 275 Au Co Tay Ho, Hanoi, +84 9 0435 6561,

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Meditation 

Take your pick of outposts in HCMC and Hanoi. Meditation classes run all day long and are led by local legends who facilitate Buddhist teachings so hit them with your Qs or simply go for uninterrupted time on your asanas. Namaste.

Hanoi Meditation, Villa No 7, 18 Pham Hung, My Dinh 2, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi, +84 081 385 8097,

Ho Chi Minh Meditation, B 26-12, Hoang Anh Thanh Binh Apartment, D4 street, Tan Hung Ward District 7, HCMC, +84 09 6952 2524,  

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