Tammy Magness

Whakatā Yoga and Mindfulness practitioner

My life is my practice; my practice is my life. I believe fiercely in the power of choice and change. For either to happen, we first require awareness. This is at the heart of my offerings to you.

I am an American transplant from the winter wonderland of North Dakota (a northern border state in the U.S.A.). I currently live in beautiful Te Anau with my two boys and my husband. I work to cultivate self-awareness through yoga (movement), mindfulness (thought) and massage practices (social connection).


With a passion for the mind and body connection that Yoga brings, Tammy has studied various forms of Asana yoga practice for over 16 years, including Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar. She’s loved having the opportunity to learn from many talented yoga practitioners, such as John Friend, Aadil Palkhivana, Jason Magness, Maty Ezraty and Dillon Cherrett. Tammy’s diverse background and commitment to continued study enables her to work with a variety of bodies to create a unique practice for every guest she works with at Whakatā.


“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness practice improves mental, physical and emotional well-being. It’s become such a powerful tool because of the business of the lives that we lead – much of the day is thinking about what we need to do next, or what we have done already! We tend to live in the future or the past, not in the present moment. This leaves us feeling emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted; and not appreciative of the things that are happening in each moment of our lives. When we learn to be mindful, bringing our attention to each moment, we gain clarity, centeredness and calm.

Tammy currently studies mindfulness meditation with Natasha Rix, owner of Mindful Living. She is a Pause, Breathe, Smile facilitator and an online community teacher’s assistant for the Science of Happiness offered through the Berkely Greater Good Science Center in the USA. She loves regularly attending community practice at the Queenstown Dharma Centre.