Amy Ippoliti, E-RYT 500
Co-Founder & Principle Faculty
Amy Ippoliti, a gifted teacher’s teacher, has been leading yoga teacher trainings since 1999. Her students have gone on to become leaders, authors, conference presenters, and teacher trainers in the yoga world – both in the United States and all over the globe! She is revered for her innovative methods that 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 World”. This professional development program inspired her and Taro Smith to found 90 Monkeys.
Amy is a writer and philanthropist known for bringing yoga to modern-day life in a genuine way through her intelligent sequencing, clear instruction, and engaging sense of humor. She shares her passion for yoga, health, earth conservation, and with her writings for: Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Mantra Magazine, Organic Life Magazine, Mind Body Green, prAna Stories, Elephant Journal, and many more.
She has appeared on the covers of Yoga Journal and Fit Yoga Magazine, featured in Self Magazine, New York Magazine, Allure (Korea), Prevention Magazine, Newsweek and on the front page of Yahoo.com. Amy is a teacher on Glo.com, is a pioneer of advanced yoga education, co-founding 90 Monkeys, a yoga school with both online and in-person learning that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers and studios in more than 65 countries.
Amy is the co-author of the book, The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga.
Taro Smith, PhD
Co-Founder & Adjunct Faculty
A scientist, yoga teacher, author, photographer, and conservationist, Taro has over two decades starting, operating and developing innovative organizations in the health and wellness fields. He was instrumental in bringing exercise prescriptions as a standard of care in aging and chronic disease in the medical community. Through his medical centers and scientific research he demonstrated the significant cost benefits of movement-based interventions in clinical settings.
Taro has been published on the topics of exercise, aging, chronic disease, and immune function in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He has directed programs that have helped a wide range of patient populations ranging from Olympic level cyclists to the world’s oldest pilot. Early to the confluence of digital technologies and healthcare, he currently specializes in developing strategy for organizations in yoga, health, and wellness.
As a yoga teacher, his focus is on the development of therapeutic yoga programs for aging, pain, orthopedics, chronic disease, and sports. In 2012, he co-founded 90 Monkeys to empower yoga teachers with the teaching skills and business knowledge to better serve their communities. 90 Monkeys has now worked with over 6000 yoga teachers around the world. Most recently he served on the executive team at Glo (formerly Yogaglo) as their Chief Content Officer. There he managed all aspects of content including teacher, e-learning, programs, analytics and successfully curated the largest digital yoga library in the world serving a global audience.
Taro has presented at Yoga Journal LIVE, Wanderlust, and Hanuman Festival and co-authored The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga published by New World Library.
A former elite cyclist and skier, he splits his time with marine conservation and photography. Taro is a University of Colorado – Boulder graduate with a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology.
Douglas Brooks, PhD
Adjunct Faculty | Yoga Philosophy & Traditions
Dr. Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, for many years studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
Adjunct Faculty | Yoga Philosophy & Sanskrit Studies
Manorama evokes healing through the universal arts of language and conscious living. “Happiness,” she often says, “is the free flow of energy, and communication is energy. When we use our voices authentically and confidently, we create harmony between ourselves and others.” A renowned, highly respected teacher, Manorama offers Sanskrit Studies Method programs for yoga teacher trainings, as well as Luminous Soul Method trainings and retreats. She tours the globe, training students in the Sanskrit Studies Method and the Luminous Soul Method.
Through the Sanskrit Studies Method Manorama offers a direct, easy and joyful approach to learning Sanskrit, encouraging her students to focus on core principles of learning, the dynamic sound qualities of the language and it’s philosophical beauty. Grammar becomes fun and playful.
In the Luminous Soul Method students learn about the nine pillars, which will make your life rich with wisdom, understanding and joy. The Luminous Soul Method fuses sacred Eastern and Western philosophy and shows you how to integrate them into your everyday life.
Combining her earthly charm with a healthy dose of humor, Manorama guides students in bridging the ordinary with the spiritually sublime.
Yoga teachers and students alike treasure Manorama’s recordings on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Learn to Chant Yoga Invocations and Learn to Pronounce Yoga Poses. Celebrated for her haunting melodies in chanting, and her precision in pronunciation, Manorama is featured on numerous albums, including Invocation and Wade Morisette’s, Maha Moha: The Great Delusion.
Manorama earned a B.A. in Film at Columbia University, where she also studied linguistics.
Rebekah Boatrite, RYT 500 – 90 Monkeys 500-hour Certified
I was just shy of my 17th birthday when I started my yoga practice. But if you asked me now, I’d say it wasn’t until years later that I actually became a student.
Experiencing the profound mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of cultivating a yoga practice requires a desire to return home to ourselves. This journey home calls on us to unravel and immerse our whole hearts which can often be a messy process, but doing so offers us rare and powerful insight into our Self. Along the way we begin to reveal a deep sense of who we are not only in the roles we play each day, but who we are when we strip everything away.
For me, choosing to embark on this journey to my Self through my self didn’t start until 8 years after I stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time.
I believe that at the heart of every incredible teacher lies an eager and insatiably curious student, one who is more interested in finding the right questions to ask than in chasing easy answers.
I teach yoga to empower others to explore the fullness of life with strength and grace, to cultivate a community with purpose and passion, and to encourage others to see for themselves the purna (fullness) that being a dedicated student of yoga can offer.
I’ve been studying with 90 Monkeys since August 2017 and became a team member in November 2018 working as the social media and on-site manager. In my time as a student with 90 Monkeys I’ve graduated the 500-hour program (2020), observed and assisted two 200-hour trainings as part of the Teacher Mentorship Program (2019 & 2020), and been a member of the On The Road team assisting workshops, events, and trainings in the US and Korea (2018 – now).
In 2020, I was promoted to Chief Operations Administrator running day-to-day operations of the school and assisting with course and content planning + production.
If you’d like to learn more about me, my offerings, and my experience please visit my website www.rebekahboatrite.com