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Getting to Know Carson Efrid…

  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 [...]

Chai Break with Corina Benner

Corina Benner is a long time, devoted student and teacher of yoga based in Philadelphia, where she founded Wake Up Yoga in 2002 following a stint working on Wall Street. Wake Up Yoga continues to thrive as a vibrant community today, and Corina has earned the distinction of being a renowned Yin Yoga teacher in addition to teaching Vinyasa which she has studied under some of today’s most influential teachers. Our own Creative Manager Julia Clarke met Corina at a Yin Yoga training in Virginia Beach in 2014 and we were thrilled to welcome her to last’s year’s Eagle Yoga Fest. Her classes were so well-received we can’t wait to have her back this year. Julia was teaching at Wake Up Yoga recently and took a few minutes to sit down and get to know Corina a bit better:   JC: If you could only take one sutra from the Yoga Sutras with you to a desert island, which one would you take?   CB: The 36th sutra in the first chapter, vishoka va jyotishmati or ‘to calm the mind, contemplate the effulgent sorrowless light that is already within,’ contemplate the light that is already within you.   JC: I knew you would have an answer!   CB: There are so many to choose from but that one is probably my absolute favorite.   JC: If you only have five minutes to practice yoga, what to do you do?   CB: Heart Bench! Oh my gosh heart bench.   JC: What’s your favorite food?   CB: Brown rice. Raspberries.Yeah, I love grains, greens and legumes. And I like the one pot meal. So whether it’s a stew, a soup, a salad, or a stiry fry, [...]

Local Love!

Local Love: Gina Caputo Oh Colorado! I don’t think I ever really felt the full power of LOCAL until I moved to Colorado. What a state full of great ideas and inspired people who act on those ideas! I am blown away by the number of independent restaurants and small businesses in Boulder and beyond. I am continually in awe of the spirit of entrepreneurship that runs strong in this state and the commitment by consumers to support local businesses with their choices. Now I look at labels and always choose the ones made in CO whenever possible (gotta figure out how we can grow avocados here though!). […]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Categories: Yoga Teachers, YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Love Your Self (First) by: R.R. Shakti

[via Elephant Journal February 2011] Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others. Lately, I’ve been spending a ton of time in airplanes: to California for school, to Nebraska for Inner Power Yoga Teacher Training, to Africa for Yoga World Reach. Admittedly, I have become one of those passengers who (at the risk of seeming rude or reckless) barely lifts an eye toward the safety instructions at the onset of each flight. There is, however, one bit of the pre-flight demonstration that catches my attention every time. I guess you could call it my favorite part: “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above your head. Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others.” This phrase strikes an unexpected chord on my heart strings as a sweet gesture of LOVE. Love can be found in the smallest gestures. Love is an action word, after all, a way of BEing. But it is also so much more. I submit, that Love is our True Nature. We allow ourselves to be and experience this Love through our choices and actions. And yet, it is also there, waiting in the stillness, when we quiet our minds and take a breath. This airline safety instruction reminds me: if I cannot Love my Self first (in that quiet place within), my Love for others has no ground for stability or sustainability. And even the grandest gestures of Love lose their potency. It is easy to get caught up in it—the soaring heights of Loving others and gaining their Love in return. It feels exhilirating. I delight in the AMAZING lift from affirmations on how I spread the Love everyday; [...]

Meet Rachel DeLong. (Eagle YogaFest Instructor/ Girl PowHER Teacher and Mentor)

  I began yoga many years ago by going to classes at a local studio.   At the time I was a competitor, I had spent a most of my early adult life competing in triathlon, running, snowboarding, white water kayaking and adventure racing. I was extreme, everything that I took on I pushed to the fullest so that I could to be the best that I could be at it.  In one sense I did it because when I’m passionate about something I go “All In” and on the other side I used it to validate who I was.  In my mind I thought, “If I’m great at something, people will like me, one of those people being myself.” I went to yoga because I heard it would enhance my athletic endeavors. Literally my first couple months of classes people laughed with me as I made my way into what resembled the poses the teacher was calling out.  The first few years of yoga fed my need for perfection and competition.   It wasn’t until I had my first son and I began going to Baptiste Power Vinyasa classes that something shifted in a big way for me.  I remember the words the teacher said as I laid in savasana, “Who are you and what is your dharma”?  I left class that day filled with curiosity and knowing there was more to this practice than just the physical and there was definitely more to me than how I was choosing to live.   My first son was 8 months old at the time.  Being a mother was something that I had placed in the category of “I’m going to be the best mom”.   I grew [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 August 9th, 2013|Categories: Yoga Teachers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Jamie Elmer’s Journey Through Yoga

    My path in yoga began over 15 years ago. I was in college for dance in North Carolina and attended my first yoga class while at the Amercian Dance Festival one summer. At the time, as a dancer and a young person, life wasn’t the easiest. I was dealing with an eating disorder and back pain that made every day difficult. I must admit, attending yoga was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. For my entire life I had trained my body and my mind in a particular way. Yoga challenged my mind and my body in ways that I didn’t expect. It was emotionally and physically confronting.   After my summer course in yoga, I did stick with it. It continued to be challenging, but I always felt better emotionally afterwards. I moved to Los Angeles to finish my dance degree and continued to practice yoga just once a week. My back pain was at an all time high, but being as young as I was, I really didn’t know how to deal with it and figured I’d simply be in consistent pain, maybe forever. A typical dancer’s mentality!   One weekend my regular teacher was out of town, so I tried a different teacher’s yoga class. This was the first class that focused more on the breathing, and afterwards I felt different. Different than I usually did after yoga. This class was taught my Max Strom - the man I still consider to be my main teacher. By this time I was dancing in a professioanl modern dance company, and after taking Max’s class, began attending yoga classes more than once a week. It was still a physical [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:47+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Categories: Yoga Teachers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments