Being in the body is one of the first things we ask patients to do at the start of any mindfulness or yoga practice, so we often take it for granted that for those with trauma, being in the body is often anywhere from uncomfortable to deeply disturbing. It’s important to be aware of this vulnerability when working with individuals who’ve experienced trauma and to understand the implications of being ‘present’ in the body for those for whom the present has been deeply unsafe. In her book ‘Attachment-Based Yoga and Meditation: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy,’ Deirdre Fay includes three basic skills that make it easier to be in the body specifically within the context of attachment trauma. With practice and repetition and over the course of time, Fay writes that these skills can become easier. Skill One: Slowing Down ‘The body changes when dissociation begins, contracting or tightening in an attempt to contain or keep away an experience that isn’t wanted,’ writes Fay.