Carson Efird, MFA, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, is a dancing yogini living in Durham, North Carolina. An enthusiastic student and teacher of Prana Vinyasa® Flow yoga, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Method and Emergent Improvisation, Carson is inspired by nature, evolutionary Vinyasa, circular pathways, modern dance, somatics, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, her teachers, Shiva Rea, Juliu Horvath and Susan Sgorbati, and the Sahaja Spirit - the spontaneous flow of consciousness.
Since completing her Prana Vinyasa® certification in 2009, she joyfully serves as an assistant and affiliate teacher trainer for Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School for Living Yoga. Carson directed affiliate Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Trainings for EVOLVE Movement in Raleigh, NC and UCLA Summer Institutes in Los Angeles, CA from 2012-16; she served as Yoga Program Director for EVOLVE from 2014-16; and, taught yoga for UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance from 2011-13. She teaches locally throughout the Triangle and travels nationally as a guest teacher and artist in studios, teacher trainings, colleges, universities and festivals.
In 2013, Carson earned her MFA in Dance from UCLAʼs Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance researching points of intersection between dance and theater. As a collaborative choreographer, Carson’s interdisciplinary inquiry cultivates impulse driven interactive movement that integrates the holistic practice of yoga as a rehearsal ritual for performers. Carson received her BA in dance and theater in 2005 from Bennington College, Bennington, VT, where she served as Recent Graduate Trustee on the Board of Trustees from 2005-07. It was at Bennington where Carson met and studied Emergent Improvisation with Susan Sgorbati and toured nationally with the Emergent Improvisation Project post-graduation. It was also at Bennington where Carson met Joe Westerlund, her collaborator in life, and movement and sound.
Most recently, Carson completed her GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Training after apprenticing for a year and teaching private clients and small group sessions at EVOLVE. She looks forward to expanding her Gyrotonic practice by studying with founder, Juliu Horvath in the near future.