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Sara Bigatti

Muse of Dutch Smiling Yogi & friends. Italian yoga teacher (RYT 500), blogger, photo model, graphic designer, but most of all inspiration of this website. CEO of La Scimmia Yoga, a website with yoga and meditation courses for Italian speaking yogis.

Traveled around the world for the last 12 years; teaching in Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan and Italy and studying yoga in Mexico and India.

Created La Scimmia Yog, which is now a big community of yogis, that are following her on her YouTube channel and that are interacting and sharing their yoga experience through different groups on Facebook.

Sara’s dream is to inspire new yogis by sharing her passion and experience. Her videos and classes are all inspired by this idea: share, practice and living a yogi life.

Sara is an industrial designer as well.


Favorite asana: Baddha Konasana
 
Favorite quote: Not all those who wander are lostJ.R.R. Tolkien


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You’ll find Sara’s blogs here.

 

John Kraijenbrink

The ‘Dutch Smiling Yogi’. CEO of this project, yoga rebel and yoga teacher (E-RYT 500). Although he doesn’t like to be called CEO, simply because he believes everybody is equally important to make a project a success. Started this project on the 27th of October 2014, when he decided to wander around the world, teach and study yoga, give massages and learn from different cultures. The knowledge he learns, he shares on this website.

His love for sharing and his strong believe that if more people would do yoga, peace would be the result, made him decide to make a community out of the Dutch Smiling Yogi. Just as his former yoga school Blauwe Parel in Tilburg (the Netherlands) grew out into a community with free yoga classes every Sunday in summer and yoga concerts (live classical music, combined with yoga on stage) in winter. If you’re on the yoga path, you can be a member of this community as well. Just sent us a message through our contact form.

John Kraijenbrink is a massage therapist, photographer and journalist as well and the proof that you don’t have to be flexible yourself to teach advanced yoga classes.


Favorite asana: Pincha Mayurasana

 

Favorite quote: Be the change you want to see in this worldMahatma Gandhi


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You’ll find all John’s blogs here.

Leyla Ramadan

Foodie, photographer, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and wanderer. CEO of Ripple Photography in London. Works half a year as (wedding) photographer and wanders around the world for the rest of the months.

Yoga, food and photography are her three big passions. For her photographs are an amazing way to hold on to precious memories and to create something beautiful out of treasured events, capturing each and every special moment that will later take you back to the happiest times in your life.

Yoga is for her a way to connect with her body and relax. Food is a big treat. Healthy food that is. Food that fuels your body and tastes yummy.


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You’ll find Leyla’s blogs here.

Mark van Alphen

Internet guru of Dutch Smiling Yogi, karma yogi, travel blogger and wanderer. Not a big fan of asanas, pranayama and meditation, more of running, hiking and boxing. Karma yogi by heart though. Always helping out with technical problems.

Blogs about travelling and dating on MarkvanAlphen.nl and is the driving force behind the Dutch Championships Banana Racing. Works most of the year as programmer When he has the chance travels around the world. Oceania and Antarctica are the only continents he hasn’t set foot on yet.


Favorite asana: Savasana

 

Favorite quote: Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find itSteve Jobs


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Dutch Smiling Yogi

Dutch Smiling Yogi & friends are a group of friends who try to live a yogic lifestyle by being mindful, taking the time to do asanas, pranayama and meditation. By sharing knowledge and helping others and by trying to leave only footprints and good impressions behind.

We share what we learn in our courses and challenges, which you can download in exchange for a donation on this site. By doing so you help us to continue studying and sharing.

There is no big company behind Dutch Smiling Yogi, nor a focus on money. In the old days yogis use to wander around and share their knowledge. In exchange they would get some food or money. We still wander around, only lectures on town squares have become a website and our food bowl has become a bank account. For the rest nothing has changed.

We hope our teachings and lifestyle inspire you to live mindfully as well.

Namaste.


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