2024 BCYF FESTIVAL TEACHER LINE UP

GET READY TO BE INSPIRED, UPLIFTED, AND TOTALLY IMMERSED IN A DAY OF PURE YOGA MAGIC! WE'VE BROUGHT TOGETHER A DIVERSE GROUP OF YOGA TEACHERS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE STYLE & EXPERTISE

Keisha Adrinka

OPENING CEREMONY- SOUND BOWL MEDITATION

Keisha is a U.S. Army Veteran, a certified yoga teacher, reiki level II practitioner, also certified in meditation and sound therapy. Currently seeking her masters degree in Yoga Therapy. 

My goal is to hold space for you and with you on your wellness journey. One of my greatest desires is to bring mind, body, spirit, wholeness and healing into underserved communities

@iamkeishaadinkra

Aaheli Chakraborty

YOGA FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Aaheli is a certified yoga instructor hailing from the spiritual heartland of India. With a rich two-year teaching experience, Aaheli is embarking on a new journey in Durham, bringing the transformative power of yoga to the community. Aaheli firmly believes that yoga is not just a practice but a holistic lifestyle. Her teaching philosophy revolves around incorporating traditional Hatha yoga, a discipline that transcends the physical, aiming for the enhancement of overall well-being.

Victoria Moody

VICTORIOUS VINYASA

Victoria’s journey with yoga started 19 years ago as an athlete and aspiring actor. While earning her BFA in acting, a college professor recommended, “you should try yoga, you seem tense.” Victoria would later find and fall in love with Hot Yoga, becoming certified and teaching 26 &2 and vinyasa flow. After becoming a mother, Victoria received her Kids Yoga certification to find fun ways to introduce her love of yoga to her family. Today as a wife & mother of three Victoria  is an  RTY500 certified yoga instructor specializing in Prana Vinyasa, Core Strength Vinyasa, & Kids Yoga. Victoria finds peace, serenity & release from chronic anxiety on her mat. She knows her purpose in life is to share the rich teachings of Yoga with fellow “Victorious Ones.” Find more about her offerings at www.victoriousyoga.com

 

Erica Lagarde

HIP HOP YOGA

Erica is a music lover and movement enthusiast offering community-based yoga classes in Raleigh, NC. When she’s not teaching yoga and pilates or practicing her handstands, you can find her running the greenways or exploring trails at her favorite local parks.

Seneca McCue

UNLOCK THE POSE

Seneca is a dedicated yoga professional who holds a 500-hour RYT certification. She is known for both her creative classes and how she seamlessly weaves flexibility training techniques into her flows to enable students to unlock advanced asanas. In addition to her yoga qualifications, she holds NASM-certified Personal Trainer and Flexibility Coach certifications, along with multiple TRX certifications, including TRX Yoga. Seneca has been recognized as a yoga expert in the online publication of Women’s Fitness Magazine and has contributed as a content creator to Yoga Medicine and TRX Yoga.

Tiana Sherrod

YOGA BLISS

Meet Tiana, a Holistic Trauma Therapist, a 500 hr Trauma-informed Yoga Instructor, and a passionate advocate for mental health and holistic wellness. Tiana strives to co-create safe and trauma-informed spaces for individuals to explore mindfulness, rest, stillness and attunement to themselves.  Tiana empowers individuals to prioritize self-care, self discovery,  mental health, and holistic wellness. Come join Tiana and meet yourself where you are on the mat!

 

Claire Zovko

SATTVA KRIYA YOGA

It was by chance that Claire walked into a Bikram yoga class in 2003.  As a former collegiate basketball player, she instantly fell in love with the novel challenge of yoga. It was not long after beginning yoga that she noticed this harmonious balance between flexibility and strength which improved her other athletic pursuits along the way. This change inspired her to deepen her yoga practice after completing law school. In 2010, Claire became a certified 200-Hour Power Vinyasa RYT. Spreading the peace, freedom, and joy that yoga brought to her she began by teaching community yoga classes in parks all throughout the county of Miami-Dade. In 2013, she completed an additional 200-Hour Raja Yoga Teacher Training at 305 Yoga and Outreach. This exposed her to a whole realm of additional yoga lineages such as; Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Skanda. Further, Claire became certified in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra which shifted and brought upon wholeness to her practice. The subtler practices revealed to her the incredible power to transform, heal and rejuvenate her body at the deepest levels. This left her inspired to learn more which led her to Rishikesh, India where she completed her 300-Hour Sattva Yoga Teacher Training under Anand Mehrotra in 2016.  This is where her practice came full circle and taught her the incredible life changing power of moving subtle energy within the body through kriya yoga.  She shares these powerful Himalayan Kriya teachings and guides teacher training programs at her studio in Miami, Lighthouse Yoga and Wellness, as well as her retreat center, Moon Rising Retreat, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Claire is a Co-Author of Awakening of the Divine Feminine: 18 Stories of Healing, Inspiration, and Empowerment (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733392327) and the host of the Light on Being podcast.  

 

Nicole Taylor

THE ART OF KEMETIC YOGA

Nicole Taylor is the owner of Divinely Made, LLC.  With decades of experience as a professional dancer, movement has been a integral part of my own personal journey.  I hold a Master’s degree in professional counseling.  In addition, I am a certified kemetic yoga instructor,  certified personal trainer and nutritionist.  With a holistic approach I am committed to educating others on ancient practices to harmonize the mind, body and spirit. I take pride in providing others an experience that will empower and inspire others along their own personal journey to harmony.

KATINA GAD

ANIMAL FLOW YOGA

Katina is the North & South Carolina Regional Leader for Animal Flow, and has been teaching it for the past 4 years in and around the Raleigh area. Having a background in breakdancing, She fell in love with this movement practice that is drawn from breakdancing, yoga, capoeira, jiu jitsu, and contemporary dance, and it’s transformational energy instantly and she loves sharing this experience with her students. Katina is also a certified personal trainer, and a 200-hr RYT with a focus on hatha and vinyasa style teaching, she also specializes in restorative yoga for athletes. Animal Flow and yoga have been a huge game changer for improving her performance as a competitive athlete in obstacle course racing. Seeing firsthand how these practices reduce the incidence of injuries, shorten recovery time, and improve overall wellbeing she incorporates them into the workouts of everyone who trains with her, and loves seeing the benefits it brings others. She is excited to share this experience with you all and see you fall in love with it too. 

Ebony Washington

FLUID FLOW WITH JUICY YOGI

With over eight years of dedicated practice and teaching experience, Ebo is a seasoned yoga instructor who brings a unique blend of expertise, warmth, and rhythm to her classes. A true aficionado of the art, she seamlessly integrates the fluid movements of yoga with the soulful beats of smooth R&B music, creating an immersive and transformative experience for her students.

Embracing the principles of mindfulness and presence, Ebo encourages her students to move with intention, breathe with awareness, and find moments of stillness amidst the rhythm of life. Her classes offer a sanctuary where individuals can tune into themselves, cultivate self-love, and embrace the beauty of movement and music. As an advocate for wellness and self-care, Ebo is committed to creating inclusive and welcoming spaces where students of all backgrounds and abilities can feel supported and empowered on their journey toward balance and vitality.

Join Ebo on the mat, and let the harmonious fusion of yoga and smooth R&B music inspire you to flow, breathe, and move with grace and authenticity

 

Jen Fisher

FIVE ELEMENT FLOW- EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR & SPACE

Jen has been teaching yoga to kids and adults in the triangle for over 15 years. Her classes blend intelligent sequencing, thoughtful music and guidance for students to learn to become their own best teachers. She loves bringing community together and connecting with other students because she is also a student first. She lives in Raleigh and teaches group classes and privates from her home studio. 

Jamillah Sabir-Collaway

ENERGY ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP: UNLEASH YOUR INNER POTENTIAL

Jamilah Sabir-Calloway is an Energy Healer, Intuit, and Reiki Second Degree, with a dedicated focus on inspiring personal joy, healing, and positive social change. Alongside her roles as a writer, photographer, and Spiritual Life Coach, she infuses passion and vision into her endeavors. Jamilah is a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator, specializing in empowering young women, stress management, diversity training, and coping with change. As a certified soul realignment practitioner, she offers Akashic Record readings and Divine Soul Blueprint insights on her platform www.souljourneystruth.com. Contact her at readings@souljourneystruth.com.

Gabrielle Sessoms

DEEP RELEASE YIN YOGA

Gabrielle Sessoms is a registered 200 hr yoga instructor and sound therapy healer. With a deep-rooted love for holistic well-being, Gabby has dedicated her life to helping others find balance and harmony within themselves.

Gabby believes in the transformative power of movement and sound to cultivate a lifestyle of inner peace. 

In addition to her expertise in yoga, Gabby is also a certified sound therapy healer and reiki practitioner. She harnesses the ancient wisdom of sound and vibration to facilitate deep healing and relaxation. 

 

Christine Veit

CHAKRA MEDITATION

Christine is the owner of Earth Yoga in Hillsborough, NC. She has been teaching yoga for a decade and was trained by teachers in Chicago. Her guidance is the perfect balance between effort and ease. Come learn about yoga philosophy in her upcoming Chakra & Meditation class at Bull City Yoga Festival.

 

Patty Adams

MOVING TO ACTION: YOGA FOR CLIMATE

Patty Adams (she/her/ella) is a licensed therapist trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) along with modalities like yoga, mindfulness, and Ayurveda. She is based in Durham, NC – the lands of the Occoneechee, Saponi, Eno and Skakori peoples – and has decades of experience working in social movements at the intersections of healing and justice. She is a fat, cis, white queer woman struggling to survive in a capitalist, white supremacist, ableist, patriarchal and cishet world on the verge of climate collapse.

Sharon MacGregor

CRYSTAL CLEAR DREAMS: MASTERING THE 5 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO MANIFESTATION

Sharon MacGregor is a certified yoga instructor, life coach, and owner/founder of Serenity Farm Yoga Sanctuary, a 10-acre farm located on Falls Lake in Durham, NC. She has been leading retreats, workshops, and classes on the East & West Coasts since 2013. Sharon’s journey into the world of yoga began when she was struggling with depression after her divorce. She turned to yoga and food as medicine. Her success influenced her to become a certified yoga instructor and a post-divorce coach who helps women create happy lives after divorce. She sees yoga as a portal to self-knowledge. She uses coaching cues to help students focus and explore what is happening with their bodies along with what is happening with their minds. She includes touch, breath, and aromatherapy in her classes.