Heart Math scientists who have done a lot of great research on the effect of breathing on physiology, ran a very interesting study called Achieving Collective Coherence.
They discovered that people who breathe together in a special rhythm create a phenomenon known as ‘Collective Coherence’.
According to Heartmath, when we are in a coherent state, virtually no energy is wasted because our systems are performing optimally and there is synchronization between heart rhythms, the respiratory system, blood-pressure rhythms, etc.
Among the many benefits of personal coherence are increased composure, more energy, clear thinking, enhanced immune-system function and hormonal balance.
The Butterfly Effect Of Coherence
What HeartMath also discovered is that by simply being in the presence of coherent people you can become coherent and vice versa.
Like the ‘butterfly effect’ one small change in coherence in a person could make a great shift in coherence across the world.
The more coherent our world is, the better for all of us.
Each of us is capable of achieving, increasing and maintaining our personal and social coherence.
What Happens When You Breathe Together
If you watch a baby in their mother’s arms you will see how the baby’s breathing syncs to the mothers. You will also notice if you are spending a lot of time with one person that your breathing pattern will match theirs. Forms of therapy such as NLP and hypnotherapy model this phenomenon and the therapist will alter their breathing patterns to match their clients to create instant rapport.
If you are on a date and want to create instant rapport, or if you want to experience deeper connection during love making, simply breathe together in the same rhythm or match your rate of breath to theirs.
Studies have also shown that couples tend to naturally sync their heart and breath rhythms together, it’s a sign of love and connection.
By breathing to a rhythm together as a group we can create a harmonious vibe between each person as our heart rhythms synchronise, and this helps create rapport and a stronger bond between the group.
This is the power of collective coherence at creating a better community for all. Soma Awakening experiences are greatly enhanced as a group. The connection, friendships and bonds created by breathing together is what makes this such an important tool for building community.