About me

After my first Bikram class in November 2014 I knew that my life had changed! Read below for my personal yoga story.

In november 2016 I have followed the hatha yoga teacher training at Samyak yoga (RYS-200) (*) in Mysore (India).

How do I teach

I have a passively dynamic  supported style of teaching with a lot of assists and adjustments. Although my training specialized me in hatha yoga, I’ll be able to vary the style in more gentle or more dynamic. I give a lot of attention to the breath, focus and grounding and never lose the goals of yoga, but in general my classes are rather down to earth than on the spiritual side.

“I’ve fallen in love with yoga since my first lesson and without any doubt I have to thank Rene for this. His gentle way, his smiles and his sense of humor made me feel comfortable. I think his greatest gift is the ability to highlight the bond between yoga and life. In the practice with Rene, yoga doesn’t seem to be dusty and untouchable but something useful, alive and tangible. After his lesson I experienced beautiful moments of relaxation and tranquility.” – Guiseppe S.

My experience

My yoga training has a strong focus on teaching, so it gave me a good basis in it. Since, I have taught various private classes to friends and a replacement at a hostel in Pai. I also shared the joy of yoga on a campsite in Italy with guests and collegues. I take every chance to develop myself in the wonderful world of sharing the joy of yoga.

More than yoga

My study on the field of quality management taught me how to maximize the product or service quality. This enabled me in my work  in hospitality and tourism to give the best possible to guests which resulted in various awards. I’m also experienced  in making websites and social media.  I will be happy give support and assistance in your activities by using these experiences besides teaching yoga.

“In january 2017 René stayed in our hotel. Besides giving some private yoga sessions, we had the pleasure of having his assistance on the field of social media. He also looked with us to the guest experience in our hotel. This resulted in a systematic approach in our social media management and various (future) improvements in our hotel and restaurant. With his background, creativity and knowledge René is able to get to the point quickly and the perfect sparring partner.” – Hotelowner in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Good to know

I can teach in English and Dutch. I speak Italian and French on B2 / C1 level, so I will be able very soon to teach also in these languages. I have basic notions of German (B1) and Spanish (A1). I have the Dutch nationality and might need (assistance to get) a (work)permit/visa outside the European union.

Let’s connect

Don’t hesitate to contact me via this site or one of the social media channels

Rene Smit – Yoga Teacher in Rome

My yogastory

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 yogaclass 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 yogastudio which you pass often”. So I started in november 2014 ago with Bikram Yoga 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 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 workevaluation. My concentration improved, 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 felt deeply 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 the difference in the life of others and maybe the world. May be something with kids or leisure (campings, animation, hotels). Or both of course.

Personal data resume

 René Coniah SMIT
xxxxstraat X
the Netherlands
Phone number
0031(0)6 3914 xxxx
Birth date
23rd of august 1977
Drivers licence



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

Yoga Teacher Training – Hatha yoga 200 hours

1997 – 2001

Larenstein Velp (the Netherlands)

Foodtechnology (quality management)

(BSc, ISCED 5)


RSG Ter Apel

Pre-university education


April – September 2016

Camping Village Fabulous (EC Vacanze), Rome, Italy

Staffmember 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.)

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 castmember” by the guests in 2009 and 2010

April – September 2014

Camping Village Fabulous (EC Vacanze), Rome, Italy

Staffmember Info-point

summer 2013


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

  • Being the central point for the guest in name of Selectcamp
  • Cleaning and preparing the mobilehomes and lodgetents before and at the end of the season and at arrival of the new guests

Hotel Papendal (Arnhem)

Waiter restaurant, bar, banqueting

summer 2012


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 castmember” 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


Koffiebranderij Peeze

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


  • Dutch (mothertongue)
  • 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
  • Organisational skills
  • Windows, Office, Photoshop, SPSS, VBScript/ASP, HTML