Balance July 2018 - 63

SOUND IT OUT

Backing
vocals
Jane Dunford discovers
how using your voice
can let health and
wellbeing speak on
a whole new level

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ccording to Lucy Hill, founder
of Chaya Retreats, "Outside
the comfort zone is where the
magic happens". I've come to try out her
'Finding Your Voice' yoga holiday in Goa,
and a group singing lesson with a former
opera star is definitely beyond that line for
someone who's naturally soft spoken and
completely tone-deaf.
The multiple benefits of singing
together are well documented. It's said
it strengthens the immune system,
acts as a natural anti-depressant and
improves mental alertness. Membership
to choirs in the UK has soared over
recent years - there are at least 40,000 of
them, featuring a staggering 2.14 million
people who are singing regularly.
So, I swallow my pride (and fear) and
give it a go. After warm-up exercises to
free tension around the throat, Andrea
Finke gently guides us through chords

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