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.
Carson began meandering down the yoga path when she was sixteen as a compliment to her modern dance training. While pursuing her BA in Dance and Theater at Bennington College, VT, she completed her 200-hour ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training with Alan Finger in 2005 at Be Yoga in New York as well as her initial Prenatal yoga certification. After freelance yoga teaching for a year between Vermont and North Carolina, the opportunity emerged for Carson to open YogAsana South in Raleigh, which later developed into EVOLVE Yoga, and then, EVOLVE Movement.
Carson practices, teaches and lives Prana Vinyasa Flow as an evolutionary approach to an ancient form. She believes that as we continue to move, breathe and evolve, yoga is the source that sustains our personal transformation and reveals our natural essence. In her classes, she encourages each individual to flow with the integrated rhythm of their breath and pulse as an expression of spanda shakti – spontaneous creative energy.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to stay open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. – Martha Graham on Spanda Shakti