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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

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.

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

Cola beach; the hidden treasure of Goa – India (video)

Cola beach is one of the lasts 'hidden treasures' of Goa, India. Where most Goan beaches are overrun with tourists, ... Read more ....

Italy

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.

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)

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

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

Vatican City; five things to do in

Vatican City: country number 31 I've visited in my life. That is: from 16 years old on. I'm not counting ... 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

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

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 of 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

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

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

Nicaragua

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

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

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.

Yoga retreat Granada (Spain) August 2017

Yoga retreat Granada August 2017 with Sara Bigatti and John Kraijenbrink

Beach, mountains, culture and lots of yoga. That's our Yoga retreat Granada (Spain): August 20th - 26th 2017. This retreat ... Read more ....

El Puertito de Guimar, Tenerife (video); five things to do in

One day you're in Rome, the other day you're in El Puertito de Guimar on Tenerife. That's life. One day ... Read more ....

My life in Rome, Italy (video)

My life in Rome is history, El Puertito de Guimar on Tenerife is the new 'now'. After three weeks of ... Read more ....

Walking through Malaga, Granada, Barcelona

Travelling around the world I got a few missions of my own. My main mission is promoting yoga, because I ... Read more ....
Cable Car from Barcelona harbor to Park Montjuic

Barcelona; five things to do in

This is my third visit to Barcelona and this time I've fallen deeply in love with this city. We had ... 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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