About Dr. Kennedy

20 years of helping people achieve wellness, empowerment and success

Meet Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy

My mission is to help YOU have the clarity and energy to fulfill your destiny so WE ALL can create a world of shared prosperity and experience FLOW: Freedom, Love, Oneness and WisdomTo that end, I teach people how to harness the mind and body and activate their Highest Self for optimal healthhappiness and success


A Global Leader in Wellness & Transformation

My passion is to light people up from within so they recognize their own unlimited potential and vitality. I've coached thousands of client-hours and led hundreds of transformational programs across the globe. I also love moderating thought-provoking conversations and have done so at places like the United Nations, the World Government Summit in Dubai and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Most of all, I'm a student of life - always remaining curious and in awe of the power each and every one of us has to co-create our own realities and positively affect the world. Check out the overview video. I am also Founder of Elder Dignity, advocating for guardianship reform and respect for all human rights.

Award-Winner Across Disciplines

Received over 20 awards as an entrepreneur, advocate and author ranging from Emerging Entrepreneur by the Social Venture Network and the National Power Award from the American Heart Association to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for her book Shining Bright

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A Blessed Beginning

Although I am American, I was born in Accra, Ghana and started school in Adelaide, Australia. My parents were pioneers in cross-cultural communications, working on five continents for over five decades using academia, theatre, and all forms of media to train leaders and expand minds. For example, in the early 1970s, Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam invited them to "introduce new concepts of people" to the continent (Diversity & Inclusion on steroids). They were brought in to work with White Australians but inspired the first land rights march by the Aborigines, as well as taught at the first college for Aboriginal leaders. We were the first African-American family to live on the continent (I know that sounds bizarre). My parents knew people like Muhammad Ali, who had a huge influence on my mindset and habits growing up. My mother was also an early proponent of holistic health practices like integrative nutrition, yoga and meditation - so I was groomed for the work I do today.

As a girl, I was a global citizen ready to take on the world.

My Confession

I achieved so many significant goals at a young age:

  • Skipped two grades of school.
  • Youngest in my class at Wellesley College and MBA class at Harvard
  • Youngest Research Associate on staff at Harvard Business School
  • Creative Consultant for Universal Studios under Lew Wasserman
  • Founded VH1 Interactive and the [email protected] Radio Network
  • Youngest Vice President at MTV Networks negotiating multimillion dollar deals and managing partnerships with entities like Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL and Intel

BUT my approach to work and life was not sustainable and my success came at a cost. My body didn't like my workaholic lifestyle and kicked in an autoimmune response. I couldn't hold down food and eventually even liquids.

In 1997, I almost died. 

Then, I dove deeply into what made the human body, brain and spirit thrive and dedicated my career to helping others transform.

Yoga & Mindfulness

Inspired by my mother, who started practicing yoga in 1971, I began playing with yoga when I was young and came back to the practice more seriously after almost dying. I've taught yoga and mindfulness for 20 years and have in-depth training:

  • Integral Yoga (Hatha and Chair Yoga) in the tradition of Swami Satchidananda.
  • Dharma Yoga with Sri Dharma Mittra.
  • Tao Porchon Yoga with Tao Porchon-Lynch. 
  • Vinyasa Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami.
  • Yoga Philosophy with Swami Ramananda.
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn.

I've served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance, and was their Interim CEO and first African-American chair of the Board. I've also contributed to various media outlets on the topic of yoga and mindful living including being featured on the cover of Yoga Journal

Holistic Health & Coaching

Given my pioneering mother, I grew up with holistic health practices from wheat grass juicing to making my own yogurt. I became a vegetarian in 1984 and gluten-free in 1997.  I also have in-depth training:

  • Coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
  • Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
  • Lifestyle & Weight Management from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
  • Personal Training & Group Fitness from the American Council on Exercise. 

A gluten-free vegan, I'm a seasoned cook and have been featured in two Integrative Nutrition books, the American Heart Association Healthy Soul Food cookbook and have contributed to various publications such as The Network Journal and Real Health. I've coached people through a range of health issues (with an emphasis on gut and immune health) and incorporate my deep knowledge of the mind-body connection into  energy management approaches for executives and entrepreneurs. 

The Result?

More authentic work and life as a socially-conscious entrepreneur:

  • Founded 1st yoga studio in Harlem, the Ta Yoga House
  • Led hundreds of transformational programs around the world
  • Selected as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
  • Became protege/biographer for yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch;
    co-authored two award-winning books and did 66 events together
  • Featured in 2017 Athleta "Power of She" campaign
  • Founded Elder Dignity to advocate for senior rights

My successes are more meaningful and joyful. 

My Unique Expertise

My superpower is communications: teaching, speaking, moderating, writing, producing, hosting.

I teach people how to harness the mind and body and activate their Highest Self for optimal health, happiness and success. It is a conscious approach to living well integrating the latest research in positive psychology, neuroscience, and integrative nutrition. We apply evidence-based approaches, coaching and mind-body interventions to support your "whole-person" well-being. I believe in our innate ability to heal, create and be fully expressed. My mentor Tao Porchon-Lynch was an example of that vibrant embodied energy and it served her well for 101 years.

"How can you
surrender into
your power?"

- Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy

Ways We Can Co-Create

Coaching / Training

I've coached thousands of client-hours and have trained in all kinds of settings - corporate, government, non-profit, academia and faith-based communities - both in-person and virtual.

Speaking / Moderating

From the United Nations and the World Government Summit in Dubai to the Estee Lauder Global Breast Cancer Awareness event in Chile, I deliver messages to motivate and inform audiences.

Media Contributing

From offering commentary on TV or podcast to contributing to an article, I can share expertise on wellness, mindfulness, entrepreneurship, success, leadership, women's empowerment and more.  

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What Others Are Saying...

"In my 15th Congressional District in New York, Dr. Kennedy has devoted her time to the community with tireless energy. She is respected both locally and nationally as a proponent of health literacy, personal empowerment, and productivity management. She is known for her integrity and vision, as well as hands-on, personable style. I applaud her contributions to our community and nation."

Former Congressman Charles Rangel - 15th District New York

"Terri Kennedy has worked with the Congressional Black Caucus Health Empowerment Tour in my Congressional District in Brooklyn, and her efforts have made a lasting impact on the community."

Former Congressman Edolphus Towns - 10th District New York

"Dr. Kennedy has been a role model for healthy living - a leader of Harlem’s Healthy Living Initiative."

Lloyd A. Williams - President & CEO, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce

"Terri really understands the issues around Health & Productivity Management. She delivers an engaging and informative message, and she’s a delight to work with."

Rachel Permuth-Levine, Ph.D. - Former Deputy Director, Office of Strategic & Innovative Programs, National Institutes of Health

"Teresa has a keen understanding of the stresses associated with our business, having served as Vice President for MTV and VH1, and this connection resonated with our employees."

Nikole Thomas - CoBEX, Macy’s East Corporate

"Terri is one of our superstar alumni. She has the intelligence and education to examine the best way to affect her community, the United States of America, and touch peoples lives."

Joshua Rosenthal, MScED - Founder and Director, Institute of Integrative Nutrition

"Terri is a positive life-changing force in our community. She is able to effectively communicate with all ages, genders and ethnic groups. She is certainly a world leader for these times."

Patricia Butts - First Lady, Abysinnian Baptist Church & Board of Directors, American Heart Association Founders Affiliate

"It a rare occurrence for our youth to think of their futures in positive, productive ways, and your Young PWR Brokers program was a very special opportunity for them and our agency as a whole."

Michael Loften, Ed,M. - Director Youth and Adult Education, Broadway Housing Communities

"Terri is a bright light. As Chair of Yoga Alliance, she led with integrity and great devotion."

Srivatsa Ramaswami, E-RYT - Yoga Master

Let's Transform The World Together

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Yoga and meditation...

Inspired by her mother, who started practicing yoga in 1971, Terri started playing with yoga when she was young and came back to the practice more seriously after almost dying. She has taught yoga and mindfulness for 20 years and has in-depth training:

  • Integral Yoga (Hatha and Chair Yoga) in the tradition of Swami Satchidananda.
  • Dharma Yoga in the tradition of Sri Dharma Mittra.
  • Tao Porchon Yoga as taught by Tao Porchon-Lynch. As Tao's biographer and protégé, Terri learned directly from the master. 
  • Also, Vinyasa Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami, Yoga Philosophy with Swami Ramananda,  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn.

She served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance, and was their Interim CEO and first African-American chair of the Board. She has contributed to various media outlets on the topic of yoga and mindful living including being featured on the cover of Yoga Journal