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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.