About Tammy

Tammy Kenney, Yoga Alliance, 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, has been in Chapel Hill, NC since 2014, originally from the Washington, DC area.  She’s been active most of her life – as a child and young adult, a gymnast and competitive powerlifter, and into adulthood an avid gym-goer.  It wasn’t until about fifteen years ago that the stress of working in corporate accounting and the emotional demands of having a child with a complex genetic disorder drew her to yoga. 

Tammy has completed Johnny Gillespie’s Balanced Athlete Level 1 training, focused on mindful movement, structural integration, and connecting the dots of how our bodies are meant to move.  She has integrated this training into her teaching, recognizing we each bring onto our mat different patterns of movement, based on development, genetics, and injury.  This helps to give her students tools to create healthier patterns.  

Tammy’s classes are both challenging and mindful, athletic and fun.  She teaches with an open, light-hearted nature, offers clear guidance and alignment and modification cues, to ensure that postures are safe and accessible, as well as time and space to explore both the physical and emotional benefits of posture and breath.  


Don’t take yourself so seriously.
— Tammy, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

being physically active outside on a warm day. Hiking with Buddy (lab mix), swimming in the ocean with my family, yoga with the sun on my face... 

My favorite view…

the beach, mountains, a big wildflower garden... anywhere in nature with an expansive view. 

Morning ritual…

I like to lay in bed for 10-20 minutes before getting up - looking out the windows at the trees, the birds at the bird feeder, and gently running through the day ahead. I have a cup of ridiculously strong coffee and check in with my husband and children before they leave, and a close group of female friends via continuous group text who don't live closer.

One activity you do everyday without fail…

tell my family (I'm embarrassed to say this includes my dog) that I love them. 

A good day is…

balance, productivity, creativity, physical activity (yoga or walking Buddy), connection with family and friends, time alone, and sometimes... a nap! 

Last thing you do at night…

read. 

What 3 things are vital to your day…

laughter, meaningful communication, getting outside. (I'm cheating and adding a fourth - after being at an Ashram for a week without coffee... coffee!) 

Your most overused phrase…

I don't know that I have one. It used to be "I'm sorry", apologize for everything, feeling like I took up too much space. This is no longer my most overused phrase.

Go-to websites…

doyoga.com (Doug Keller's page), yogajournal.com, maxstrom.com, teach.yoga. 

Most used emoji…

the heart emoji.

How do you unwind…

I have a daughter with special needs who requires a pretty decent amount of attention. So for me, it's stepping away from a lot of external stimulation. Sometimes sitting on the screen porch with a glass of wine, sometimes listening to music, sometimes a hot bath. And some days all three! 

What was your dream job as a child…

I wanted to be a genie (as in I Dream Of) when I was very young, but that turned out to be a bust, darn it. A math teacher. 

Who is your greatest mentor…

my grandmother. A woman ahead of her time. A civil-rights activist, a social worker, a director for a summer camp for intellectually disabled adults, a poet, a musician. The most non-judgmental person I've ever met. 

What one meeting changed your life…

Honestly, when my husband and I met with the NICU doctor who told us tests for our daughter came back positive for Prader-Willi Syndrome. Changed the entire direction of our lives. Not negatively, just a re-direction. 

Biggest risk that has paid off…

accountant turned yoga teacher. 

Failure is…

an opportunity to learn how to cope, to pick ourselves back up.

Success is…

deeply personal. 

Best piece of advice…

don't take yourself so seriously.