Brain Waves are getting more press lately, but, what exactly are they and why is it important to access the theta state?
If you have been to a Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) class with me, or, more recently, a Yoga Drumming class, we touch upon the importance of entering the Theta Brain Wave state and why you should attend one of these classes. It got me researching more to understand this state and know its various benefits.
There are 4 different types of Brain Wave activity: beta, alpha, theta and delta. Beta, the quickest wave, is consciousness, or, being awake and active. Followed by alpha, where one is relaxed, calm, and not thinking. Those moments of relaxation where you are just enjoying the clouds rolling over head, or your favorite spot atop a mountain where you can take it all in and just enjoy the moment. Theta is the next state and occurs when one is in deep relaxation/ meditation with the possibility of mental images. The most common time one accesses this place is just before they fall to sleep or in REM sleep. The final stage is delta and this is when one is in a state of deep sleep or dreamless sleep.
Back to theta: for those who do not meditate, it is that place just before you fall to sleep where your body is at rest and your mind is at ease. It’s that place of deep reverie. We can learn to access this state more often through deep meditation, yoga Nidra, or, by listening to music with a specific beat that entrains the brain to the same binaural beat, i.e. drumming.
Theta brain waves are the subconscious. In this place one has access to the stored memories, feelings, and, increased access to intuition. In yoga, this is the place where one can access the Soul - the part of us that is connected to the Universality of all that is. Through this connection one can reprogram the conscious mind by making positive suggestions.
At the beginning of Yoga Nidra you are often asked to set an intention and to visualize that intention happening, and, feeling it in every part of your body. You are creating new programming in your cells. Very cool!
In addition, the deep state of relaxation induced by being in a Theta state of mind increases creativity by accessing the subconscious. It enhances a prolonged state of calm. It augments a deep relaxation thereby by decreasing stress and stress hormones. This helps to bring balance and healing back to your body. Theta brain waves increases receptivity and increases memory recall.
The benefits of entering Theta brain waves are rather amazing. So, the next time you have the opportunity to take a Yoga Nidra class, Yoga Drumming with Entrainment, or deep meditation, say “Yes” because it can enhance a calm and relaxed state of being and benefit your health.