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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Aug 18, 2022

Providing trauma informed and trauma sensitive yoga is important everywhere but some areas of the world are particularly affected by complex PTSD, and are important places for these offerings.


In this episode of The Yoga Pro Podcast, Candice Clark talks about sensitive yoga for South Africa and research based protocols.  She shares why we never really get over our traumas, ways to manage them through yoga, and why yoga can be more effective than traditional treatments for PTSD.


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Candice Clark is a licensed counsellor and yoga therapist that specializes in trauma and mental health. She has worked with numerous individuals and on group therapy programs in South Africa and internationally, supporting the recovery from psychological trauma. She is currently completing her Masters thesis on trauma-sensitive yoga in the South African context. She trains psychologists, counsellors, healthcare practitioners and yoga teachers on this methodology.




-Candice shares her yoga journey

-Why we never really get over our traumas and how to manage that

-Why staying in the present moment is crucial

-Using the five senses exercise as a way to manage trauma

-The difference between resolved and unresolved trauma

-Candice’s explanation of the difference between trauma informed and trauma sensitive

-What research is showing about trauma sensitive yoga and why it helps

-Why trauma survivors have trouble completing traditional treatment and why some have more success with yoga

-Unique challenges that trauma survivors in South Africa face

-The difference between complex PTSD and PTSD

-How trauma sensitive yoga is filling the gap in mental health care in South Africa

-Barriers for reaching more biopic teachers

-Respecting the communities by knowing where you do and don’t fit in

-Why trauma sensitive yoga isn’t a one-size-fits-all for every country or community

-Treating traumatized individuals in situations where the trauma is ongoing


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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.