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Before finding Yoga, Charles Stevenson spent 16 years as a full time soldier in the Australian Army. As a medic, Charles deployed to East Timor in 2004, the Victorian Bushfires in 2009, Papua New Guinea in 2010 and Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012.
Despite those who were close to him at the time telling him that he was a different person after returning home from Afghanistan in 2009, Charles lived in denial of his symptoms to the extent that he was promoted and returned to Afghanistan in 2012 as a Platoon Sergeant.
It was after his nervous breakdown a short time later and subsequent diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that his spouse Karen introduced him to the benefits of yoga. The more often he practiced yoga the more he became inspired to teach other traumatised people.
Charles then completed his 350-hour and 500-hour Yoga Teacher trainings and 700-hour Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy, followed by intensive training with some world leaders in the fields of yoga for trauma recovery, neuroplasticity and fasciaplasticity. Charles has written for: The Journal of Military and Veterans Health, Response magazine, My Health Association and has featured in Fist Magazine Australia.
Charles is now a Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher, and founder of Healing Energy Yoga Therapeutics where he works primarily with traumatised populations. Charles lives in Brisbane and is the proud husband to Karen and Father to their three children.