Vail Vitality Center set to host two yoga workshops this week |

Vail Vitality Center set to host two yoga workshops this week

Carson Efird.
Special to the Daily |

VAIL — From root to crown and earth to sky, local yogis have two upcoming opportunities to practice with Carson Efird, dedicated student of Shiva Rea and enthusiastic student and teacher of prana flow yoga. Efird leads two prana flow, energetic vinyasa-based workshops, each centered on a journey through the five elements, one today and another on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Together, the classes map the human connection to nature through the exploration of the chakra system and the larger relationship between the body and the environment.


Today’s workshop, Root to Crown: A Prana Flow Adventure Rising Up Through the Chakras, is from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Inspired by Efird’s mentor, Shiva Rea, this prana flow yoga sadhana invokes the energetics of the chakra system from root to crown. Starting in the root, students will plant fertile intentions close to the earth and then rise along the spine, inviting fluidity into the hips, activation in the belly and lightness in the heart, culminating a journey in the openness of the thousand petal lotus in the crown.


Thursday’s workshop, Earth to Sky: A Prana Flow Exploration Embodying the Elements, is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Inspired by Shiva Rea, this prana flow yoga sadhana embodies the elements from earth to sky within the landscape of individual being.

This class, a deepening of today’s workshop, elaborates on the relationship between the macro and microcosm of the body and the surrounding environment. Students physically explore how to move in time with the rhythms of nature.


“These workshops are perfect for mountain yogis who have spent the summer outside connecting to nature and want to better understand why their outdoor pursuits elicit such a deep energetic shift for them,” said Julia Clarke, Vail Vitality Center yoga coordinator. “Carson is an exceptional teacher and not to be missed.”


Efird is a dancing yogini from South Carolina living in Los Angeles. An enthusiastic student and teacher of prana flow yoga, Efird is inspired by evolutionary vinyasa, contemporary dance techniques, tantra, ayurveda and her teacher, Shiva Rea.

Former owner of EVOLVE Yoga in Raleigh, North Carolina, she now joyfully serves as an assistant and mentor in Shiva’s Samudra: Global School for Living Yoga and directs prana flow yoga teacher training programs for EVOLVE and UCLA Summer institutes, where she received her masters degree in dance in 2013.

For information or to register for Efird’s Flowing with the Five Elements workshops at the Vail Vitality Center, visit or call 970-476-7960.

The practice is open to members and Vail Vitality Center guests. Cost is $25 per class in advance and $35 per class the day of the workshop.

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