Josh Kramer is a World Traveler, International Yoga teacher, and Humanitarian Professional. Born and raised in Africa, he later moved to New Zealand and discovered his passion for the intrepid lifestyle. Whenever opportunity arises, Josh flies to far-off places, taking only his Yoga mat and camera – handstanding around the world. From white sand tropical beaches in the South Pacific, to the rugged earth and mountainous terrain of Southern Africa – Josh captures the essence of life in all its magnificent and wild beauty. Josh lives to inspire everybody to step outside of their comfort zone and embrace the beauty and adventure that life has to offer. For him there is always another dream, another beach, another adventure and another slice of paradise to discover.
What do I do best?
I’m a passionate about building awareness and control over my body. Having practiced Yoga for 10 years, and taught for around 3, I have dedicated a large portion of my life to pushing the boundaries of my body and mind. So many people go through life oblivious to the endless capabilities of their body. Whether I am stretching or contracting intricate muscles in a Yoga pose, or balancing my entire body weight on one hand, I am always challenging myself both physically and mentally.
What makes me the best version of myself?
In addition to being a Yoga teacher, I am also a Humanitarian by profession. I have set up and managed projects in developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific addressing a range of issues such as gender violence, poverty, natural disasters and injustice. I grew up in poverty and crime stricken Africa, and from a young age I have been motivated to make a change in this world.
Patience, compassion and an undying sense of confidence have gotten me to where I am today. I have always maintained a strong sense of why I do what I do. My vision is crystal clear. I want to inspire people to push expectations and create positive change in the world. It is that understanding that keeps propelling me forward towards reaching my highest potential.
What are my aspirations?
My personal aspiration is simple: I want to live life to the absolute fullest and to encourage others to do the same. There is so much adventure and beauty in this world, and I am determined to experience as much as I can. You only live one life, so make it count!
As far as business goals go, my business is so intertwined with my personal life. This is largely because my business is an extension of my personal life! Through my social media, photographs, videos, and the classes I teach, I aim to share my passion for travel and making a difference in this world. I always strive to ensure that how I conduct myself in a business sense is a perfect reflection of who I am in person – and I guarantee if you ever meet me you will feel the same!
My Biggest Success?
My greatest success was taking that first bold step out of my comfort zone. In practical terms, this meant booking a one-way ticket from my home country of New Zealand to travel the world and teach Yoga. I had no idea what was in store for me. I had no expectations. I was both terrified and excited. However, I would not be who I am today had I not taken that first step and ventured into the unknown.
My Most Challenging Moment?
My most challenging moment came at that crucial moment when I decided to leave New Zealand. I knew what I wanted – I wanted to travel the world, I didn’t want to work in an office but I wanted to earn money, I wanted to teach Yoga and inspire people around world, I wanted to take photos and explore beautiful destinations, and I wanted to incorporate my Humanitarian skills and change the world. As you can imagine, people thought I was living in a dream world. It was extremely challenging to wholeheartedly believe in my ambitions when those around me dismissed them as near impossible. Self-doubt is a toxic mindset, and one that needs to be overcome. Instead of giving into expectations, I used them as motivation. Success became my only option, and it wasn’t long before those same people became my greatest supporters.
Be kind, live passionately, follow your heart, and always embrace the unknown - This isn’t really a mantra, but they are personal motivators I use to remind myself to make the most of life.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
I have many role models, but two stand out above the rest:
My fiancé and soon to be wife, Ashley. She is a constant source of inspiration and motivation for me. She is strong, passionate, and confident. Having such a likeminded partner to share my personal and business life with is such a huge factor I attribute to my success.
My mother - she is both my teacher and mentor. With decades of experience as a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, she has guided me since I was an infant and I attribute my understanding of Yoga to her. The hardest road is the surest one, and she makes sure I remain on the right path with my Yoga. I continue to learn from her every day, and she inspires both my practice and my teaching.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
This is a tough one to answer. There have been so many beautiful places I have visited. My travels have taken me to some of the most distant, isolated and beautiful locations around the world - the remote outer islands of Fiji, the beaches of Sri Lanka, the scorched and dry earth of rural East Timor to name a few.
One place still holds a special place in my heart - Bali. I feel a deep sense of connection and comfort when I practice Yoga under the heat of the Indonesian sun with the sand beneath my feet and the sound of the waves crashing nearby. To me, you can't get much more beautiful than that.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I travel light, so I’ll share a few of my essentials I like to keep in my bag:
- Alo Yoga clothing. Their gear is technical and durable enough to practice Yoga and travel in, but also looks great when I wear it smart or casual. Their Courage Crew Neck tee is my go-to piece.
- Alo Yoga Warrior Mat: If you practice Yoga, this mat is an absolute game changer. It’s grippy and wont poison you with nasty chemicals like a lot of other mats. I always make room for it in my bag.
- Apple MacBook Pro, DSLR Camera (I currently shoot with the Canon 5D), assorted camera lenses, lots of external hardrives.
- Flip Flops, or “jandals” as we call them in New Zealand. I’m an Island boy at heart and I hate wearing shoes for long periods of time.
My Current Passions?
I’m currently working with the inspiring organization, Alo Yoga, to create positive change in the world through their foundation Alo Gives. A less known fact is that Alo stands for Air Land Ocean, and that truly reflects their values as a brand. This is an exciting opportunity for me to integrate my passion for Yoga and making a difference to the lives of people in this world. Stay tuned and there will be amazing stories to come!