So you walk into a Kundalini Yoga class not knowing what to expect, and you see a lot of people with their heads covered… hats, scarves, bandanas…
OK a little weird….
and then you look up and the teacher is decked out in a full blown turban…
For a lot of people this can be a little disconcerting.
As many of us know, the turban’s importance can be found in just about every culture and religion, from the ancient Babylonians to western religions such as Judiaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Sikhism and other eastern traditions.
But what the heck?! I didn’t come to join a religion… I just came to do some yoga!
Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. It is universal and nondenominational. And students do not need to cover their head! Although it is not a requirement, here are some reasons why we do:
- Covering the head enables you to command your sixth center, the Ajna Chakra.
- Covering the head stabilizes the cerebral matter and the 26 parts of the brain, which are interlocked with the neurological system and electromagnetic field.
- Covering the head creates a focus of the functional circuit of the hemispheres of the brain, and tunes the neurological system.
- Turbans in particular are useful for holding energy in, and for creating a meditative focus at the third eye point (brow point).
- Turbans provide a nice cranial adjustment. The skull is made up of tiny bones that are constantly moving even if only by micrometers and the degree to which they move impacts levels of calmness or anxiety. It literally helps “keep your head together.”
(sourced from www.3ho.org)
I must be honest, even learning about these facts for the first time I was still hesitant to cover my head.
I’m not going to look pretty in a turban! What will other people think?
My apprehension to do a lot of things early on in Kundalini Yoga has actually turned out to be a complete blessing. It’s been my experience that whenever I’m resistant to do anything in life, there is always an amazing opportunity for growth. I just have to haveenough courage and willingness to really take a look at myself honestly. What is it about this situation that scares me and why? Am I attached to an idea or story that it’s time to let go of?
If you haven’t tried covering your head, and you’re open to it, do an experiment! Try meditating with a head covering and then compare it to your experience without one. I found that when I let go of the stories and just triedcovering my head, I felt more self contained and could focus much better. And thus, the effects of Kundalini Yoga were amplified.
…and I also found out you can still look pretty in a turban :)
See what works for you!