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 & Support 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
Support Faculty | Yogic 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.
Support Faculty | Yogic 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 (with Krishna Das and Ty Burhoe) and Wade Morisette’s, Maha Moha: The Great Delusion.
Manorama earned a B.A. in Film at Columbia University, where she also studied linguistics.
Kenny Landis, 90 Monkeys 500-hour Certified
Kenny’s journey into yoga has been a series of happen chances starting from his first yoga class in a group fitness class at his gym years ago. His journey has always paralleled between his success in the traditional corporate environment with his passion for the study of yoga and the interplay they have in our modern culture of the “more is more” mentality. Throughout his time as both a student and teacher of yoga, Kenny has had the great opportunity to study with many of yoga’s contemporary wisdom keepers and yoga luminaries.
After many years on the mat, he stumbled yet again onto the idea of bringing some of his most influential teachers and wish-list teachers to his home community in the pacific northwest. In 2014, he co-founded YogaLab NorthWest as the leading yoga training & workshop-based production company attracting international teachers from around the globe to the Seattle & Portland area.
Kenny, a longtime student of Amy Ippoliti & 90 Monkeys, officially joined the 90 Monkeys team in 2016 as the Director of Logistics & Communication bringing his business acumen and experience in training & development to support the expansion of programs. In his time with 90 Monkeys, Kenny has helped to develop the On the Road Program, Teacher Mentorship Program, Expanded 200-hour Teacher Training format, Module Development for the 500-hour Teacher Training Program, and supported Amy around the globe as support faculty for trainings & workshops.
He views yoga as a practice of introspection and personal growth built on the foundation, we lay for ourselves daily. He is enthralled with the endless journey that combines the calming of your mind, tuning into every fiber of your body, and the pure athleticism of dynamic asana and their ability to transform our lives. Kenny’s studies of the 90 Monkeys Method have solidified his beliefs that every yoga teacher should have the opportunity to flourish and the alignment focus of the 90 Monkey Method can be layered on top of any style of yoga in order to help increase our longevity!
Taylor Rose Worden, E-RYT 200
After spending the last decade cultivating a regular yoga practice, Taylor Rose is passionate about sharing her experience and supporting others on their journey. Taylor Rose hopes to become a catalyst for change by creating a safe and loving space for personal exploration. She believes we are a physical embodiment of the sacred source, and our purpose is to not only witness, but to participate in the inexhaustible celebration we call life. By utilizing the power of breath control, Taylor Rose strives to help others reach new levels of awareness and appreciation for the magic and mystery of our world, both internally and externally. For more information please visit her website: www.taylorroseyoga.com