Get free updates on professional development for yoga teachers and our Yoga Etiquette Guide for your students when you sign up for our newsletter

Taro Smith, PhD, Co-Founder

Taro Smith

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.

In The Fullness of Time…

Join the conversation on Instagram and watch the 90 Monkeys adventure unfold!