Yoga & Mindfulness

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is an internationally-recognized yoga and mindfulness teacher. In 2002, she founded the first yoga studio in Harlem–Ta Yoga House–to make healthy and positive living physicallyculturally and financially accessible to underserved urban communities. It was a gateway to delivering health and sustainability messages to that community. She has offered free yoga classes for cancer patients at the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center in Harlem and free yoga classes to the Harlem community through Shape Up New York program sponsored by the New York City Departments of Health and Parks & Recreation.

She is highly respected in the industry. She served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance–the internationally-recognized non-profit organization that sets standards for yoga teaching in the United States. She was their Interim CEO and first African-American chair of the Board. She has presented and moderated for a variety of organizations and events such as:

  • Yoga Research Society
  • National Ayurvedic Medical Association
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Yoga Journal Conferences (across the country)
  • International Association of Black Yoga Teachers

She has contributed to various media outlets on the topic of yoga including being featured on the cover of Yoga Journal. Her original yoga training was at Integral Yoga Institute, and she has been greatly inspired by teachers such as Srivatsa Ramaswami, Swami Ramananda, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Dharma Mittra, as well as her lineage guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda.

She infuses mindfulness and meditation into her leadership development programs. She has taught yoga at the Social Venture Network Conferences, Global Shapers Conference, and to Young Global Leaders at World Economic Forum events around the world–and at places like The Great Wall of China. In 2011, she debuted “The Gandhi Effect”(tm)–a workshop on collaborative leadership and social change – to a standing room only audience at the Newark Peace Education Summit which headlined His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Her special guest during the session was her (then) 93-year-old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch–who knew Gandhi and marched with him twice. Terri shared the overall framework, moderated a discussion with Tao on Gandhi, and then together they taught techniques such as mindfulness as a personal leadership tool. The program is now being developed into a teacher training module. Tao and Terri have since been together at various events including at the Pentagon in 2012.

Yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch asked Terri and her mother– journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy–to help write her autobiography. Support the book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Millions across the globe have been inspired by 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch - World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, competitive ballroom dancer, and yoga master. Named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012, Tao exemplifies her mantra: There Is Nothing You Cannot Do. Dancing Light is an inspirational memoir that shows us what is possible – that we each can live to our Highest Potential and dance to our own rhythm. Learn more about Tao at www.TheTaoExperience. Terri is also directing and producing a feature-length documentary on Tao’s life.


Read her bio. Learn more about her business highlights, social purposefamily background and recent recognition.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy understands what makes a successful gathering for business events and retreats alike. Be sure to check out her client/past event list and demo video. Read what others are saying in our letters of reference and testimonials, and check out the media buzzand highlighted news & events.  For all you need to get started, go to our Speaking Kit and FAQs. For additional questions, call 212-901-6913 or email

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"From start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Kennedy. Looking through the evaluations, she was a hit with the attendees as well. She instantly connected with our 800 participants. Some of them said that she was the favorite part of their day. Her personal story resonated with the audience and her positive energy got them on their feet. She is very interactive and engaging, offering useful information as well as inspiration. There was standing room only for her breakout session, and her book signing table was crowded… If you want a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, then I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Kennedy." - Lara Diamond Phillips, Sharp HealthCare Read more...