Sharing the joy of yoga


This is the yoga website and weblog by Rene Smit, a Dutchman travelling around the world. My goal is to share the joy of yoga and make it more accessible to everybody.

I have been teaching hatha yoga with a lot of enthusiasm since 2016. I followed the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Samyak Yoga in Mysore (India).

My class is always adapted to the level of the participants with a lot of assist and adjustments. A lot of attention is given to the breath, focus and grounding with a focus at the end on relaxation.

All over the world I’ll be happy to make your hotel- or resort guests happy with yoga, whether or not in combination with assistance in the field of hospitality, tourism and social media.

If you’re visiting this site for the first time, I would like to suggest to start with the category Welcome to read about my yogi’s life or read my ebook by clicking the frontcover below.

Latest blogposts

Love, light and science
Since the covid outbreak there is a lot of bullsh#t on the internet about health. It's a pity to see that spiritual people are drowned...
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The Leela game
At the magical island Koh Phangan I got to know the Leela game at Shakti Yoga centre with Nadiia. It is an ancient version of...
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Yoga for better sleep
Some poses to sleep better :) What also helps is the 4-7-8 method: inhale for four counts, hold for seven counts and exhale for eight...
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Yoga for backpain
One of the most asked questions is "I have backpain, which poses do I have to do". I did some research and this sequence came...
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Tummee added a new section with partner poses, so I am happy to share a nice sequence to do with your friend, child or lover!...
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Everything about the mala
Often I wear my mala. It is one made of sandalwood beads bought at the Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai (in the office of...
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Review: Kids Yoga Garden workshop
I'm now here in Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand and had the pleasure to follow a kids yoga course at Kids Yoga Garden a...
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YepYoga’s guide to Sri Lanka
I'm now in Hikkadawu, Sri Lanka. The island is more surf orientated than yoga orientated. There are some beautiful places thought to practice. As always...
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Acroyoga warm up
Today I made a little sequence to warm up before doing acro yoga. It starts with a bit of stretching and basic yoga poses, then...
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Teaching yoga

I have been practicing yoga since November 2014. I started at Bikram Arnhem and continued at Affordable Yoga with Louise Cutler in Paris and RYoga in Rome. To deepen my practice and because I wanted to make yoga more accessible I have followed the hatha yoga teacher training at Samyak yoga (RYS-200) (* in Mysore (India) in November 2016. It is beautiful to see how people soften and relax during the practice. It makes me happy to be part of it.


How do I teach

I have a dynamic supportive style of teaching with a lot of assists and adjustments. Although my training was focused on hatha yoga, I’ll be able to make the style more gentle or more dynamic. I give a lot of attention to the breath, focus and grounding and never loose the goals of yoga, but in general my classes are rather down to earth instead of spiritual. Nevertheless, the focus at the end is on relaxation.

My experience

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

Good to know

I can teach in English and Dutch. I speak Italian and French at B2 / C1 level, so soon I will be able to teach in these languages as well. 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.

What people say…

“I’ve fallen in love with yoga since my first lesson and without any doubt I have to thank René for this. His gentle way, his smiles and his sense of humour 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.


Let’s connect

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

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More than yoga

My study on the field of quality management taught me how to maximise the product- or service quality. This enabled me to give the best possible in my work in hospitality and tourism 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 at our hotel. Besides teaching some private yoga sessions, we had the pleasure of having his assistance in 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 be the perfect sparring partner.” – Hotelowner in Chiang Mai, Thailand