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 [...]
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, [...]
Join us on Monday, May 9th from 6:15-7:15pm for a Free Eagle YogaFest practice at Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs! Yvonne Schwartz (director of Eagle YogaFest) will present an all levels practice designed to bring you into balance and increase your vitality this spring season! Come a little early and be sure to check out Bighorn Toyota's eco-friendly car options or schedule a test drive. Everyone who joins us will be entered to win a FREE Weekend Pass to Eagle YogaFest! *(bring a mat if you have one. we will have limited mats on site to borrow). This is the Official Kickoff to our countdown to the 2016 Eagle YogaFest! Bighorn Toyota is a sponsor of the 2016 Eagle YogaFest. If you or your company is interested in supporting our 4th annual event please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Exploring Eagle is like creating a recipe. You have a main part to the dish, but it’s the little ingredients that really make the creation stand-alone from others that may rival it. Fishing, hiking, and mountain biking make up the bulk of the recipe and they are the things that make Eagle truly unique. The great outdoors is what Eagle is most known for. With access to many different trails that can be enjoyed via mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding, it is certain that these lively activities are the main part of the dish. However, it’s the little things that Eagle has to offer that makes a visit to Eagle just a little bit sweeter. Just as a touch of cinnamon would add a whole new flavor to an unsuspecting dish, a warm coffee from the folks at Red Canyon Café or a friendly wave from a stranger, or even embracing your inner child at the Brush Creek Park, will all add a little something special to your visit to Eagle. Everyone knows that a great recipe is not complete without a secret ingredient. And that secret ingredient, my friends, is you. Whether you’re your own secret spice or someone else’s during Eagle YogaFest, it can be certain that without you, this experience would not be the same. With that being said, make your visit to Eagle, CO and Eagle YogaFest your own recipe. Of course, don’t forget the big things like mountain biking between yoga sessions or trying out fly-fishing for the first time, just remember that the little stuff is just as important. -Kelly Cassidy
[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; [...]