Can Embodied Contemplative Practices Accelerate Resilience Training and Trauma Recovery?

Since meditation research has increasingly focused on methods like mindfulness, we have come to see contemplative practice in general as taking a top-down approach to lowering stress and building resilience (Hölzel et al., 2011). Yet given the key role body awareness plays in mindfulness, and its use of interoception to reduce stress and boost resilience, one could make a case for re-conceiving it as a somatic practice along the lines of Hatha yoga (Loizzo, 2016b). Regardless of how we view mindfulness, there are several less familiar forms of contemplative practice beyond posture yoga and mindful breathing that take a largely somatic approach to health and well-being (Loizzo, 201