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The world is my homeland, Erasmus once said. We can’t agree more. At Dutch Smiling Yogi we don’t believe in borders and don’t believe in wars. As Nelson Mandela said: ‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’We believe in sharing, we believe Mother Earth provides us with all we need. To quote another great person, Mahatma Gandhi: ‘ The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’ That’s why we travel. why we live as digital nomads. We can learn so much from other people, other cultures, other views of life. And at the same time, we share what we know.

On our travel schedule you can see where we go to teach workshops, retreats and yoga Teacher Training Courses. On this page you find where we’ve been.


India has never been on my (John Kraijenbrink) bucket list of countries to visit. Yet it’s the country I’ve visited most outside of Europe so far. At the end of 2010 I went to Agonda in Goa to study yoga at Sampoorna: my 200 hours yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC). Two years later – in 2012 – I came back to do my 300 hours TTC. In October 2015 I returned. This time as a teacher: teaching Anatomy, Teaching Skills, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, AcroYoga and Thai Yoga massage. I stayed till March 2016.

Lonely on the Road

I’m lonely on the road – travel vlog: an ode to the lonely traveler

I am lonely on the road. Well, that is; if I have to believe what other people believe. I've been ... Read more ....
Sadhana - uninterrupted practice

Sadhana – uninterrupted practice; keep on studying yourself (video)

Yoga and tantra both put a lot of emphasis on Sadhana;  practice. In the words of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra: ... Read more ....
A taste of Ayurveda

A taste of Ayurveda; classic Indian medicine (video)

I love Ayurveda; the classic Indian medicine. Why? Because Ayurveda tries to keep healthy people healthy and tries to root ... Read more ....
My hometown Agonda, India

City map of my new hometown Agonda – India – video

Breda in the Netherlands, yes. Antwerp in Belgium, yes. Sydney Australia, yes. But my new hometown Agonda, India. No. I ... Read more ....
Merry Christmas from India - new travel vlog (video)

Merry Christmas from India – new travel vlog (video)

Merry Christmas from India, this time. My second Christmas in India in a row, my third outside of the Netherlands ... Read more ....


Italy is another country that wasn’t on my bucket list. For some reason Spain is more appealing for me. Yet: I let the road take me wherever it wants to take me and it took me in March 2016 to Italy; doing yoga, teaching and filming online yoga classes with and for Sara Bigatti’s La Scimmia Yoga and at the same time my own YouTube channel with free yoga classes and travel and food movies.

Flashback Miri Piri

Yoga and Nutrition Retreat Miri Piri; a flashback

Wow, what can I say? We're back from the Yoga and Nutrition Retreat in Miri Piri and it was incredible ... Read more ....
Yoga retreat Tuscany June 2017 with Sara Bigatti and Dutch Smiling Yogi

Yoga retreat Tuscany June 2017 with Sara Bigatti and Dutch Smiling Yogi

Time for a yoga break? Come to the yoga retreat Tuscany with Sara Bigatti and John Kraijenbrink (Dutch Smiling Yogi). This ... Read more ....
Filming at the Milano Yoga Festival - Life of a Traveling Yogi #7 (video)

Filming at the Milano Yoga Festival – Life of a Traveling Yogi #7 (video)

Last week I was filming at the Milan Yoga Festival to do a little movie for Zalando about Sara Bigatti's ... Read more ....
Rome: five things to do on a low budget

Rome: five things to do on a low budget

Five things to do in Rome: that's a bit of a challenge. Not because there is nothing to do in ... Read more ....
Spatzle with spinach; an Italian alternative for pasta

Spatzle with spinach; an Italian alternative for pasta

Spatzle: I had never heard of it, but last week I ate it in Monza/Italy. I'm on a little discovery ... Read more ....

New Zealand

New Zealand was my second, long journey. From January 2008 up until August 2008 I traveled across the Northern and Southern Island; writing and taking photos for Dutch magazines and Newspapers. Somewhere on the road I got my first introduction into yoga. It was in a hostel in Nelson – if I remember correctly – where I saw a Japanese girl doing yoga in the evening. Being sportive – but not doing a lot in New Zealand – I decided to buy myself a little yoga book and started doing yoga as well. I’ve got to admit: I was more falling over than I was on my feet and I was already happy that I could touch my knees in forward bends.

Living between hippies in Golden Bay

Living between hippies in Golden Bay

Golden Bay is New Zealand’s paradise for hippies. After the Queen Charlotte Track we return to Nelson, back to the ... Read more ....
Hiking Queen Charlotte Track: undiscovered New Zealand

Hiking Queen Charlotte Track: undiscovered New Zealand

The Queen Charlotte Track (71 kilometers) runs through the Marlborough Sounds; a national park that most tourist who visited New Zealand miss ... Read more ....
Kite-boarding in New Zealand: to surf or to fly

Kite-boarding in New Zealand: to surf or to fly

Time for action. Time for kite-boarding After our days of doing nothing in New Plymouth it’s time for action in ... Read more ....
New Zealand: Sun, sun and more sun

New Zealand: Sun, sun and more sun

Nelson is the best place in New Zealand to find sun, sun and more sun. For the first time in ... Read more ....
Lucky and unlucky; crossing Cook Strait

Lucky and unlucky; crossing Cook Strait

We don’t want to pass by Mount Taranaki without seeing one glimpse of it, because of the shitty weather. Yet ... Read more ....


Nicaragua was the start of my third journey. 27th of October 2014 I left the Netherlands and I’m still on the road. This time my mission was to teach and study yoga and tantra all around the world. You can take a look in my travel schedule to see where the trip has brought me so far.
Nicaragua was a country I didn’t know a lot about, but I can recommend it to everybody. The nature and people are truly beautiful and at this moment it’s still authentic.

Travelling: A little big Dutch problem

Travelling: A little big Dutch problem

One more night and I'll be out of India; on my way to Italy. I've got a short stopover at ... Read more ....
howler monkey

The loudest animal

It's five in the morning as my alarm goes off. The whole hostel is asleep, except for Mark, Marieke and ... Read more ....
Leaf-cutter ant

Leaf-cutter ants

Being in Central America I have seen some amazing animals: monkeys, slots, all kinds of birds in a big variety ... Read more ....
Happy little kid doing AcroYoga

The little kid in me

The little kid in me is happy. Very, very happy. It's pretty often happy. As long as it is allowed ... Read more ....
AcroYoga community Granada

Acro yoga community Granada

Wherever I look there are acro yogis, hanging on each other’s feet, hanging upside down, standing on hands, flying through ... Read more ....


Spain is the number one country in the world where I would like to life so far. I’ve been to over 30 countries, but I feel at home most in Spain. It’s the perfect combination of people, nature, culture, weather, sport minded, good, healthy food and lifestyle, safety and not being treated as a tourist. Who knows: one day I might settle again and that just might be in Spain.

And now what?

And now what? The next steps in our move to Spain

House in Spain bought and now what? We're only moving in September, so what to do in the meantime?  To ... Read more ....
We got it

We got it! Our new house / retreat place in Rasquera, Spain

Yes! We got it! The 1st of September we're moving into our new house in Rasquera, Spain.  The search for ... Read more ....
There are a lot of houses for sale in Spain. These are the websites we used to find our dream house

The three best websites with houses for sale in Spain

These are the top three websites with houses for sale in Spain we used for our search. Tonight we're flying ... Read more ....
Our job in Spain - the story of Sara Bigatti and us as digital nomads

We’re digital nomads; Sara’s story: La Scimmiga Yoga (video)

For the last 3 weeks I've been living and working on Tenerife. Tonight I'm off to the Netherlands. Home. For ... Read more ....
We want to move to Spain

We want to move to Spain and start our own yoga retreat place

We want to move to Spain. Have our own yoga retreat place, somewhere in the South of Spain. That is ... Read more ....

Imagine all the people, living life for peace

We like to end his page with the words of a legend; John Lennon:
Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for, no religion too.
Imagine all the people, living life for peace.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you join us and the world will live as one.

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Private: yoga courses

Ready to start with yoga? Do you want to get more flexible? Finally get rid of back pain and / or stress? Or do you think yoga is something for you? Whatever your reason is, we have the yoga courses for you.

Yoga courses for beginners

yoga courses

yoga courses

This Yoga beginners course guides you through the first steps on your yoga mat. The course consists of seven video classes and an introduction video. The classes are between 35 and 45 minutes. The course is designed to give you the best start to yoga you can imagine.

The course only costs 6,95 euros, because we want to help as many people as we can to start with yoga.

You’ll find this course in our webshop.

Thai Yoga massage tutorial

thai yoga massage tutorial

Thai Yoga Massage

A Thai yoga massage is a beautiful gift to give and to receive. With our Thai Yoga massage video tutorial you will be able to give this gift. This tutorial will guide you step-by-step through a relaxing massage. This tutorial consists of two video of half an hour: one massage for the front of the body, one for the back of the body.

Thai yoga massage is practiced with clothes on.

We love Thai yoga massage. To let as many people as we can experience it, we only ask 5 euros for this tutorial.

You’ll find this tutorial in our webshop.