By Patwant kaur
Photo: Camila Muradas
In Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, white clothes and a head covered by a turban have a specific purpose. The wrapped turban is used to increase concentration, focus and physical performance during the practice. The white color is neutral and purported to act on the psyche and nervous system. It causes an immediate visual effect, and for many people it generates curiosity and even controversy for others. However, the practical reasons that take a Kundalini Yoga teacher to wear them are many:
White also symbolizes peace, purity, spirituality and cleanliness. It is called the “color of light” because it reflects all colors of the spectrum. Yogis believe that cotton is the ideal material for clothes because it is natural and breathes with the body. Yogi Bhajan said that the white color expands the aura thus increasing protection against negativity. “The colors create an action in mind subconscious of inspiration and productivity. The colors have an effect on awareness, “he said.
Yogi Bhajan highly recommended that a teacher of Kundalini Yoga cover their head and dress in white to create a neutral stance, shelter and protection for the students. “ The way you dress is a personal choice. When you choose to dress with grace, dignity, modesty, and elegance, it can strengthen your projection and become a tool to help you and expand your consciousness”, he explained.
The turban covers the top of the head, called the Tenth Gate by the yogis, the center of consciousness. The turban presses the skull meridians, changes the flow blood and promotes calm and relaxation.
Some traditions use turbans for cultural reasons and others for religious reasons. It is important to emphasize here that the recommendation to wear white and cover the head comes from ancient yogic wisdom; Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. There is no obligation to cover the head. Although it is not a necessity, here are some yogic reasons for wearing a head covering when practicing Kundalini Yoga and even on daily basis situations:
· Allows command of the sixth center the Ajna Chakra, center of the human projection and consciousness.
· Stabilizes the cerebral mass and twenty-six parts of the brain that are linked to the neurological system and the field electromagnetic.
· Creates a focus and a functional circuit of the hemispheres brain and adjusts the neurological system.
·Helps focus on the third eye (point between the eyebrows) during meditation.
· Provides a cranial adjustment. The skull is made of small bones that are constantly moving. The adjustment of these bones promotes calm. The turban, literally helps to keep your head together “(Source of information: www.3ho.org.br).
The yoga teachings within this article were used by permission of Kundalini Research Institute; For further information contact: kriteachings.org.