I started late with yoga. Too late. The DVD of Yoga for Dummies has been an endless time on the shelve. Sometimes I watched YouTube videos of Tara Stiles and I even did a yoga class some years ago on a campsite with Chiara, a lovely but I think not really trained teacher. I’ve the idea that after four adjustments she gave up. All my life I have dealt with stress issues; I wish that I started earlier, but everything in life needs its process.

The change

I was restless after spending and working a summer in Rome, Italy. Suddenly I heard a little voice: “And *now* you’re going to the yoga studio which you pass often”. So I started in November 2014 ago with Bikram Yoga in Arnhem, in Arnhem, the Netherlands to come back on earth. After the first time it was like I was on a high. Maybe one of the best moments of my life. I knew that my life had changed.

In January 2015 I moved (back) to France and continued yoga with the wonderful teachers of Affordable Yoga in Paris to keep destressed.

It helped me a lot. Besides being physically so much more flexible and strong, I’ve stopped eating meat and for the first time in my life the words “stress resistance” are missing in my work evaluation. My attention span increased, I remember that I had to count money in batches of 20 coins. Now I can count endlessly 🙂 On all areas there is more that I can let go and accept. I’ve learnt so much on my mat!

Another new life

After being inspired by a lady who started a new life in Nepal, I’ve quit my job again and in April 2016 I went back to wonderful Rome working at a campsite and doing yoga at Ryoga.

In November I followed a 200 hours yoga teacher training in Mysore, India at Samyak Yoga. This is the beginning on the wonderful path of teaching and sharing the knowledge to make somebody’s life more beautiful.

I deeply felt the desire to learn more and deepening my practice.

Inspired by Affordable Yoga Paris and various pop-up initiatives, I also had the wish to make yoga more accessible and affordable to the people, because it’s often pretty expensive to follow yoga classes.

After that I travelled in Thailand (eh… I stayed almost 2 months in Chiang Mai) and Bali, Indonesia where I practiced a lot of yoga and got some opportunities to teach.

During and after my YTT I became aware of things like the universal energy and consciousness and the law of attraction. Things that I also use in my life when I’m not on the mat. My YepYoga quotes collection is a nice representation of how I see life.

The dream

The ultimate dream is combining work in tourism with being a yoga- and digital nomad. The masterplan and desire is to make a difference in the life of others and maybe the world. May be something with kids or leisure (camping’s, animation, hotels). Or both of course.

Personal data resume

Name
 René Coniah SMIT
Address
xxxxstraat X
xxxx XX XXXXXXX
the Netherlands
Phone number
0031(0)6 3914 xxxx
Nationality
Dutch
Birth date
23rd of august 1977
Gender
 Male
Drivers licence
B

Education

2016

Samyak Yoga (RYS-200), Mysore (India)

Yoga Teacher Training – Hatha yoga 200 hours

1997 – 2001

Larenstein Velp (the Netherlands)

Food Technology (quality management)

(BSc, ISCED 5)

1989-1996

RSG Ter Apel

Pre-university education

Employment


July 2017 – September 2017

Vacansoleil Camping Holidays

Junior camping host at Camping Village Fabulous, Rome, Italy

  • Check in/out of guests
  • Answering questions and solving problems
  • Contacts with maintenance, cleaning and housekeeping on operational level
  • Assisting and replacing the supervisor
April – September 2016

Camping Village Fabulous (EC Vacanze), Rome, Italy

Staff member Info-point

  • Providing information about the campsite and Rome
  • Selling tickets and excursions
  • Finding information and assisting guests in unforeseen situations (stolen documents, need of medical accessories etc.)
2015

Disneyland Paris, France

Waiter in Restaurant Park Side Diner & Manhattan, Hotel New York (4*)

One of the circa 60 employees (out of 13.000) who has been most cited as “outstanding cast member” by the guests in 2009 and 2010

April – September 2014

Camping Village Fabulous (EC Vacanze), Rome, Italy

Staff member Info-point

Summer 2013

Selectcamp

Courier at Camping Ca’Savio, Cavallino-Treporti (VE), Italy

  • Being the first person to contact for the guest in name of Selectcamp
  • Cleaning and preparing the mobile homes and lodge tents before and at the end of the season and at arrival of the new guests
2013

Hotel Papendal (Arnhem)

Waiter restaurant, bar, banqueting

Summer 2012

Selectcamp

Courier at Prà delle Torri, Caorle (VE), Italy

2006 – 2011

Disneyland Paris, France

Waiter in Restaurant Inventions, Disneyland Hotel (5*)

One of the circa 60 employees (out of 13.000) who has been most cited as “outstanding cast member” by the guests in 2009 and 2010

2004 – 2006

Various companies in the Netherlands

Temporary employee in the hospitality business, especially for banqueting and partycatering

2001-2004

Koffiebranderij Peeze

Quality management, Environment, Safety and Health, hygiene and HACCP at a coffee roasting company (comparable to Illy)

Languages

  • Dutch (mother tongue)
  • English (C1/C2)
  • French (B2/C1)
  • Italian (B2/C1)
  • German (B1/B2)
  • Spanish (A1/A2)

Other skills and information

  • Team spirit and welcoming
  • Working and interaction with children
  • Organizational skills
  • Windows, Office, Photoshop, SPSS, VBScript/ASP, HTML