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We already know that music can enhance your mood, but for the first time, a study has shown that live music can reduce stress levels.
From Ziggy Marley concerts to massive kirtan sessions with Krishna Das, live music abounds at summer yoga and music festivals—and new research suggests that attending a show can do more than just entertain you. We already know that music can enhance your mood, but for the first time, a study has shown that live music can reduce stress levels.
Daisy Fancourt, a researcher at the Centre for Performance Science, in the United Kingdom, found that people who attended live performances experienced significant reductions in the stress hormone cortisol, regardless of whether or not they were musicians or frequent concert-goers. So after a tension-filled day, take in a local show or seek out yoga events and classes with live music: Since both music and yoga can induce a transcendent state of mind, it’s only natural that combining the two will maximize your bliss.