It is in the spirit of bhakti, (devotion) that Tami approaches her yoga practice & teaching. Since taking her first class in 1993 Yoga has served as her greatest anchor and guide.

Tami was born in Cairo Egypt to a Coptic Orthodox family. From a very young age she has been steeped in traditional spiritual practices. Influenced by her upbringing and inspired by her travels worldwide, Tami has been profoundly moved in witnessing the sweetness of bhakti; devotional acts that align the seeker’s heart to heart of God. There are so many ways to connect with the divine and experience oneness: In a colorful temple puja, in a grand mosque, praying in a luminous cathedral, through poetry, music, art, or quietly sitting in expansive nature. As Rumi shares: “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are many ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Yoga is the path in which Tami has nourished & enlivened her body, heart & mind. Her practice offers her space to connect to her subtle energy, peaceful sacred essence, ultimately to spirit and to love.

Tami has studied extensively with master teachers in India, Australia Europe & the U.S. She began teaching in 2000, & draws most from her classical training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga and Ayurveda. Her artfully sequenced classes are at once strength building and nurturing. Tami shares insightful, relevant and practical tools from Yoga & Ayurveda for modern day living. She offers hands on adjustments that are skillful & intuitive. Tami creates a practice space that is soft & welcoming so that others are deeply nourished as they expand awareness & connect to the wisdom & light within.

With gratitude & joy Tami shares the delights of yoga. She teaches weekly classes, workshops & routinely offers retreats in gorgeous settings throughout the world. For many years Tami was a faculty member of Samadhi & Yogalife’s Teacher trainings. Currently Tami teaches on the 8 Limbs summer intensive Teacher training course and is the co directer of Synergy Yoga’s teacher training. Additionally she teaches prenatal yoga, serves as a labor support doula and is an Ayurvedic wellness counselor. She continues to attend retreats & workshops regularly to deepen her practice & inspire her teaching. She feels blessed to be on this unending journey of renewal & transformation.

Tami’s greatest teacher is her son Indi Kainoa. From him she has learned unconditional love, patience and the joy of being fully alive and awake in the present moment.

Formal Training

  • BA in Psychology Western Wa University (1993)
  • 200 hour Integral Yoga, Melbourne Australia (2000)
  • Level 2 Teacher Training, Pacific Yoga, Seattle WA (2000)
  • Viniyoga Teacher Training with Gary Kraftsow (2001)
  • 1100 hour Yoga Arts, Byron Bay Australia (2002)
  • Thai Massage course Chiang Mai, Thailand (2003)
  • Ayurveda practitioner program Prajna Kuteera, Mysore India (2005)
  • Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea (2006)
  • Ayurvedic massage course, Rasovai, Goa India (2009)
  • 500 hour Ayurveda Wellness Counselor program, Kerala Ayurveda Academy Seattle WA (2009)
  • Workshop trainings with Vasant Lad (2013 / 2014)


Being guided through the path of yoga by Tami, is like being led through the desert by the North Star. Since taking my first yoga class (ever) with Tami, 7 years ago, my life has shown the profound impact that both she and yoga have had on it. So many classes and teachers later, it is always such an honor to be in Tami’s class. Her beautiful teaching style is a true testament to Tami’s life…. full of love and devotion.

Jennifer US