Community choirs are huge in the UK. Turns out there's more going on than just singing.
We've talked about how singing together builds bonds and how music is a way of reintegrating ourselves.
In addition, some new research actually suggests that when people sing together, their heart rhythms sync up. Singing together requires that participants adopt similar breathing patterns and this is apparently what drives that cardiac synchrony. The authors suggest that the focused breathing brings benefits similar to those experienced in yoga.
Read the article here.
And while your reading, listen to this and see if you don't feel yourself lining right up!