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Our Story:
Inspiring change.

It takes an army…


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90 Monkeys is an online education resource devoted to helping yoga professionals refine their teaching skills, build their business acumen, and grow as a person and leader, through an extensive library of eCourses, news articles, vlogs, and in-person live events.

90 Monkeys was sparked by the popular professional development online course called “90 Minutes to Change the World”, created in 2010 by Amy Ippoliti.

The course was developed to help yoga teachers increase their confidence, business acumen, and organizational skills, and to serve students better.

In the past two years the program has assisted numerous yoga teachers and studios around the world in over 44 countries. This has led to notable yoga teaching and professional breakthroughs among the graduates.

As the number of programs grew,  Amy and Taro Smith, Ph.D. formed 90 Monkeys to better encompass the range of professional offerings beyond the original 90 Minutes program.

We are known for delivering the newest, most innovative and cutting-edge content presented by talented faculty via contemporary educational technology.

That’s because our team never forgets why we do what we do:
We believe that more people doing yoga equates to more conscious changes in people and improved health/wellbeing; thus, leading to more positive change in the world!

Teach yoga and thrive while building conscious community.
Our mission is simple: to change the world through providing yoga instructors and studios the tools to motivate new yoga students and keep existing yogis inspired to continue practicing.

Our hope is to help you, as individual yoga teachers or studio owners, to learn the business and relationship skills you need to be the gold standard for yoga in your community. With all the training that goes into being a yoga teacher, your community is waiting for you!

We are committed to getting you results in a fun, encouraging and community-oriented learning environment.

Be a monkey in the YOGARMY!

The name 90 Monkeys evolved from a combination of the original course entitled 90 Minutes to Change the World and the Indian story of the Ramayana.  In the Ramayana, the monkey army gets Hanuman fired up to share his gifts and be the hero for which he is known.

When you participate in our programs you gain instant access to our fun, supportive and enthusiastic community of yoga teachers and studio owners (YOGARMY) who are inspiring change every day.

We hope our Monkey army helps stimulate yoga teachers to share their gifts and become great leaders in the world.

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The Team

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Haruko Smith
Communications Director

Haruko moved to Colorado in 2012 with a diverse array of international experiences in business and non-profit management under her belt. She has lived in Tokyo, SF Bay Area, Paris, and NYC, and finds life in the Rockies to be the most agreeable.

Her professional experiences have always paralleled her personal interests in the arts & culture and business & technology. Most recently, having come out as a geek, she loves being in charge of our website operation and helping customers by problem-solving tech (and non-tech) issues.

She is a graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo with a degree in mathematics, and has studied French at Alliance Française in Paris. She is a dancer, figure-skater, and a novice skate-skier. In the spring her interests extend to hiking and organic gardening.


Amy Ippoliti
Amy Ippoliti
Co-Founder

Amy is a yoga teacher, writer, and philanthropist. She is known for her innovative methods to bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and modern day life, helping yoga students “turn up their own volume.”

After years of feeling powerless to help her teacher training graduates actually survive as yoga teachers, she started studying business, marketing, finances and technology. In 2010, when she felt confident enough to share what she had learned, she created “90 Minutes to Change the WorldTM”. This professional development program inspired her and Taro Smith to found 90 Monkeys.

Amy’s passion is to help yoga teachers thrive not only in their teaching technique, but also as professionals.  There is nothing more rewarding for her than hearing about how 90 Monkeys graduates have changed the lives of their students.

When not working with the Monkeys team, Amy serves as a featured instructor for YogaGlo.com (the leading online yoga provider). She has graced the covers of Yoga Journal and Fit Yoga Magazine and has been featured in Yoga International, Self, Origin Magazine, New York Magazine, Yogini Magazine (Japan), Allure (Korea), Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen and many more. She is also a faculty member at the Omega Institute, Esalen and Kripalu.

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Taro Smith
Taro Smith, Ph.D.
Co-Founder

Taro is a scientist, athlete, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  He has nearly two decades developing innovative organizations in the health and wellness field.  He was instrumental in bringing exercise prescriptions as a standard of care in aging and chronic disease in the medical community.  His research in the areas of exercise, aging, chronic disease and immune function have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Taro directed programs that have helped a wide range of patient populations ranging from Olympic level cyclists to the world’s oldest pilot.

His earliest memory of yoga was at age five practicing sun salutations.  A severe hip and back injury many years ago brought Taro to think about the role that yoga can play in therapeutics from a holistic standpoint.  Yoga helped balance his western training with his eastern roots and bring a full spectrum (mind-body-spirit) approach to looking at the body.  A certified yoga teacher, he specializes in therapeutic yoga programs (aging, pain, orthopedics) and yoga for sports (cycling, stand up paddle boarding).   He co-directs therapeutic yoga teacher trainings with Amy Ippoliti around the world.

He is a former elite cyclist and skier and spends his free time on marine conservation, art, and photography.  He is a University of Colorado– Boulder graduate with a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology.

Chelsea
Chelsea Richer
Video Production Director

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Chelsea Richer has a BFA in Video Art and Production from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. A filmmaker first and a teacher at heart, Chelsea believes education should nurture the soul. When she is not in her editing cave or behind the camera, she is actively engaged in creating discussions among college students who are interested in leading more grounded lifestyles. She founded Tuning the Student Mind, a non-profit that addresses the sociological and cultural impacts on identity and aids in introducing students to their most authentic self by way of practices such as meditation, yoga, healthy eating and sustainable living.

As an RYT, Chelsea is eager to voluntarily give the gift of yoga when and where she can. Currently she is teaching yoga to 2nd and 3rd graders at McGlone Elementary in Denver.


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Rob Jackson
Cinematographer

Rob is a documentary filmmaker who focuses on environmental and social issues. He has Co-Produced two films about the rivers of Chilean Patagonia and the fight to keep them free. Most recently Rob edited the DVD extras for the acclaimed 2012 documentary, Chasing Ice. His cinematography and editing work has appeared in numerous film festivals around the world as well as on National Geographic, PBS, Outside Television and more.

Although he is a rookie to yoga, Rob loves the discipline and looks forward to deepening his practice. One major step in his steady advancement in yoga will be Rob’s role as a cinematographer for 90 Monkeys!