About Carson

Carson Efird, MFA, E-RYT 500, RPYT, is a dancing yogini living in Raleigh, NC. . In 2013 she earned her MFA in Dance from UCLAʼs Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance where she taught yoga while researching points of intersection between dance and theater. An enthusiastic student and teacher of Prana Flow, Carson is inspired by evolutionary Vinyasa, post-modern release techniques, improvisation, abstract expressionism, Tantra, Ayurveda and her teacher, Shiva Rea, creatress of Prana Vinyasa.

Carson directs affiliate Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Trainings for EVOLVE Movement in Raleigh and UCLA Summer Institutes in Los Angeles, CA. www.sahajaspirit.com


Success is creating a sustainable support system interpersonally and professionally that offers the freedom to enjoy a balanced transformative life in service of others.
— Carson, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

when I am positively challenged, welcoming new experiences and engaged in creative collaboration .

My favorite view…

sunset - no matter where, fills my heart with gratitude.

Morning ritual…

Wake up naturally, rumble with Dora the pug, drink water, put my contacts in, wash face, scrape tongue, brush teeth, take vitamins and drink more water, feed dora, let her out, pranayama, meditation and mantra, coffee!!!, green juice!!!

One activity you do everyday without fail…

love on Dora and Joe, my husband.

A good day is…

I try to find the good in everyday. But, an awesome day is a day lived to its fullest potential that effortlessly unfolds with natural intelligence and flow. A day when you end up somewhere doing something unexpectedly and everything works out.

Last thing you do at night…

Take my contacts out, crash land into bed, kiss Dora and Joe.

Your most overused phrase…

In life: "Totally!" In class: "Beautiful!"

Go-to websites…

www.mysticmamma.com 

Most used emoji…

✌️💗🙏😎🌅

How do you unwind…

Sing along with loud music, spontaneous dance breaks, drive in the country with the windows down, hiking, cooking, sparkling rose, bath time, beach trips.

What was your dream job as a child…

In first grade for dress up as what you want to be when you grow up day, I went as an obstetrician.

Who is your greatest mentor…

My parents. Everyday I give thanks for having been born and raised with so much love and support. I try offer to offer that same love and support to the awesome people in my life.

What one meeting changed your life…

Meeting my teacher, Shiva Rea, in 2006 changed my life from our first practice together. She transformed the way I experience yoga. As I was falling asleep after my first immersion with her, I remember feeling as if I contained the entire ocean in my chest - a total Pranic body awakening!

Biggest risk that has paid off…

dedicating my life to dance, yoga and art.

Failure is…

a learning experience on the path to success.

Success is…

creating a sustainable support system interpersonally and professionally that offers the freedom to enjoy a balanced transformative life in service of others.

Best piece of advice…

“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