Carson Efird, MFA, E-RYT 500, is a dancing yogini from South Carolina living between Raleigh, NC and Los Angeles, CA. An enthusiastic student and teacher of Prana Flow, Carson is inspired by evolutionary Vinyasa, contemporary dance techniques, Tantra, Ayurveda and her teacher, Shiva Rea, creatress of Prana Vinyasa. Since completing her 300-hour Prana Flow certification in 2008, she joyfully serves as an assistant and mentor in Shiva’s Samudra: Global School for Living Yoga. Carson directs affiliate Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training programs for EVOLVE Movement in Raleigh, NC, and, UCLA Summer Institutes in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA in Dance in 2013 from UCLA where she taught yoga in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Carson is stoked to return to EVOLVE, her hOMe base, as Yoga Program Director.
Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Carson back in Raleigh last month over avocado and pea toast on Bolted Bread to talk over some of the big questions in life like…..
JC: What is your favorite snack?
CE: Avocado and pea toast on bolted bread! I’m not really a snacker honestly I love eating big, hearty meals.
JC: What is your favorite yoga pose?
CE: Oh lord…I really love the process of moving through asanas, when I’m in my practice by myself or in my groove in a class I don’t feel like it’s about any one asana but the movement between the asanas. But thinking about my victory of healing my broken foot, Vashistasana is a pose that I will rock out any chance I get, because it has all components to me, it’s grounding because your hand is on the earth and it’s pretty close to the earth but it’s fluid because the hips are opening but it’s fiery because it’s an arm balance but then you can really get into the heart and spaciousness of it. It’s everything!
JC: So when you broke your foot recently, how did you practice yoga?
CE: Well my real practice was gratitude for everything that I still could do, but after a week of making sure I was stable I started practicing and teaching with my boot on one foot and my Dansko on the other foot and I was really drawn to a really deep hip opening, grounding, stabilizing practice on my hands more with compact stable poses like malasana and bhujapidasana. It felt like I wanted to emulate my bone knitting itself back together.
JC: So you’ve been to Colorado before. What is your favorite thing about Colorado?
CE: Julia Clarke and Katie Johnson! When Katie lived there, she brought me in to teach and that’s how I met you and it’s really special, wild hearted people. Of course the landscape, but something I really value is how the people really reflect the landscape in their wildness and in their openness and in their freedom.
JC: Do you have a favorite place on planet earth?
CE: My favorite place on planet earth is called Midway Inlet (South Carolina) and it’s this little spit of land where Litchfield Beach ends and Pawley’s Island begins and it’s uninhabited so it’s just dunes and sea grass and it’s where the ocean meets the creek and you really feel the convergence of all the elements there.
JC: Give us your favorite yoga text or sutra?
CE: My favorite Spanda Karika is “Imagine your body contained by your skin to be pure radiant spaciality and reach the limitless.”