Ingrid Saddler-Walker

Ingrid discovered yoga at her local gym in 2009.  As an elementary Professional School Counselor, I was inspired to pursue my own yoga teacher training as a tool to share with students as they navigated their mental health.  Taking yoga into the classroom would ultimately support the social emotional education and self-regulation for all children. 

Ingrid is an advanced yoga teacher 500-ERYT, she completed her yoga teacher training with Radiant Child Family Yoga-Kundalini Yoga, Mind Body Centering-Yoga for Mental Health, Yoga Skills-Kemetic Yoga, Lifeologic-Psychotherapeutic Yoga. Ingrid is also a Master Level Reiki Practitioner, and has several certifications in teaching yoga to children.  In 2009 Ingrid is the owner of Wytha Balance Yoga – Counseling LLC the first Black women owned yoga studio in Durham, NC.  She is the founder of the Bull City Yoga Festival,  in 2018.  In 2023 she started the Bull City Yoga Teacher Collective. 

Shakira Bethea (she/her)

Shakira is heart-driven to cultivate vibrant environments that generate a reconnection to natural expression through mindful bodywork and dance. Her experience as a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, certified yoga teacher, and linkage-to-care coordinator laid a foundation for her future of wellness. Her passion for embodied living has developed overtime and currently gives voice to cardiovascular care in black women, finding joy through intuitive movement, and youth yoga. Shakira’s private practice offers continuing education for yoga teachers and massage therapists, heart healthy movement and bodywork, and partners with yoga, wellness and spiritual organizations to bridge access to community events.

Karla Vallecillo (she/her)

Karla is a certified yoga teacher based out of Durham. She started practicing yoga in 2018 as a way to balance her wellness and work; since then, her practice has evolved into much more. 

Karla created Buscando Vida LLC, a Wellness Lifestyle brand with a vision to break down barriers of exclusion in wellness spaces by providing inclusive, accessible yoga classes and wellness events. Her work focuses on uplifting the wellbeing of our communities; inspiring change within us and around us.

“Yoga helps me remain grounded, it inspires me to explore alternative ways to heal, it encourages me to follow my curiosity, to be open and connect with myself and the world around me”



Yolanda Keith

Yolanda attained her 200-RYT certification with the intention of enhancing and elevating her individual yoga practice. Driven by her lifelong commitment to learning, she is presently pursuing her 300-hour RYT certification to delve further into the realms of yogic philosophy, embarking on a continuous voyage of personal development.

Guided by her passion for equal access to education and holistic well-being, especially for those in public service, Yolanda employs elements of yoga to mentor and provide assistance to individuals who dedicate themselves to serving others as a profession.

Sharon MacGregor

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.

Briana Young-Roane

Bri found yoga in 2000 and never looked back. She taught at the very first BCYF and loved the community it brought out. She wanted to continue to be a part of that but also to have a real voice in the longevity of the festival. 

She enjoys Cacao Tea, roller skating and finding her peace by the water.

“The committee needs a variety of voices and experiences and I thought becoming apart of that would be beneficial to my practice as well as the community.”


Abby Billman

Abby is a creative, kind, curious person. As a Durham native, she enjoys any opportunity to support and celebrate this city. 

Typically, she’s on the farm teaching toddlers, spending time with friends and family, sipping peppermint tea, and crafting or moving on her mat. She joined the BCYF committee to engage with the local community and help create safe spaces for all to practice mindfulness. She’s excited about the present and future of BCYF! 

” I turn to yoga again and again to commune with the present moment, connect with my body, and cultivate peace to shareI re with the world and myself.”