Interview with Charles Stevenson

What's the story behind your latest book?
Before finding Yoga I spent 16 years as a full time soldier in the Australian Army. As a medic, I deployed to East Timor in 2004, the Victorian Bushfires in 2009, and Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012.

Despite those who were close to me at the time telling me that I was a different person after returning home from Afghanistan in 2009, I lived in denial of my symptoms to the extent that I returned to Afghanistan in 2012 as a Platoon Sergeant.

It was after my nervous breakdown a short time later and subsequent diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that my spouse Karen introduced me to the benefits of yoga. The more often I practiced yoga the more I became inspired to teach other traumatised people.

I then completed my 350 hour and 500-hour Yoga Teacher trainings, followed by intensive training with some world leaders in the fields of yoga for trauma, neuroplasticity and fasciaplasticity.

So this book brings together the ancient and modern wisdom and science behind healing with your tribe.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing clinical journal essays and articles in 2006 during my time as a Medic in the Australian Army. It wasn't long before I started to win awards for my work.

I have written for:
- the Journal of Military and Veterans Health,
- Response;
- Paulatum; and
- My Health Association.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The autonomy of being able to publish to my own timeline rather than a publishers was my main motivation. And the ability to share my work on so many platforms as my own work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I use a wide variety of sources of information for my work. Each of the people that I have studied with have their own platforms but don't necessarily coloborate with others. So being able to amalgamate information and share it with those that need that help is a very powerful thing for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I look at my fans as collaborators in a sense that I am sharing knowledge with them in the hope that it can help guide them to be the most authentic and satisfied version of themselves and maybe even share it with others.
What are you working on next?
My next book is about living authentically and happily in the high stress society that we find ourselves in today.

We are all living in a time in world history where digitally, we are more connected that ever before. And yet, physically we are becoming more and more separated, stressed, prone to early ageing and susceptible to the disease patterns of later life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bessel van der Kolk, Richard Miller and Bo Forbes.

I have met and studied with two of them and hope to meet the third at the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research in June 2017 in California.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My own personal daily yoga practice is something that I begin my day with and it's a really easy way to start my day.

Having 3 young kids means sometimes I don't have a choice on how early that is but I really don't mind.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have yoga therapy clients and yoga classes and I also work as a Clinical Educator.

My spouse is a full time Police Officer so we do a really good job of being organised and making the most of our family time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to Google what I am after as I hear about books from a lot of platforms like reading reviews in journals, recommended reading for courses that I am taking and podcasts which are another passion of mine.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Haha yes!

It was a short story in the 3rd grade about a kung fu program I used to watch on TV.

In my story I crossed over into the TV set and I got to act out the program with them. I had a pretty good imagination.
What is your writing process?
I tend to formulate a contents page of what I want to cover.

Then I brain storm the subsections.

From there I start to research the information, write a lot, delete a lot and blend it all together.
Published 2017-04-29.
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Books by This Author

Foundations of Pressure Injury Prevention and Management: A Handbook for Care Staff 2018 Edition
Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Reference
This handbook was written as an educational tool for care staff who work with patients or residents who are at risk of developing a pressure injury.
Evolve Into the New You Now: Yoga & Transformation Action Lists
Price: Free! Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Work-related health
This is your abridged guide to optimise your trajectory to good health & happiness. Charles explores your relationships with: your habits, your immune system, sleeping like a baby, gut health, Optimal Posture Alignment™, hydration as medicine, stress, mindfulness when your mind is already full, sustainable time management and building your tribe.
Evolve Into the New You: Yoga & Transformation
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 23,200. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Work-related health
This is your guide to optimise your trajectory to good health & happiness. Charles explores your relationships with: your habits, your immune system, sleeping like a baby, gut health, Optimal Posture Alignment™, hydration as medicine, stress, mindfulness when your mind is already full, sustainable time management and building your tribe.
Heal With Your Tribe Now: Action Lists for PTSD Recovery
Price: Free! Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Are you struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, trauma or grief? Join Afghanistan war veteran, multiple award winning author & experienced Integrative Trauma Therapst Charles Stevenson on a compelling journey through action lists for transforming your relationships with: your tribe, trauma, habits, hydration as medicine & time. Buy it now to get exclusive access to yoga videos & more resources
How to Heal With Your Tribe: PTSD Yoga and Coming Home to Your Body
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 18,440. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Are you struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression or grief? Join Afghanistan war veteran, multiple award winning author & experienced Integrative Trauma Therapist Charles Stevenson on a compelling journey through the science & yoga of transforming your relationships with your tribe, trauma, habits, hydration as medicine & time.