Covering the Head
Yogi Bhajan taught us that the hair is alive and has an energy function. We are training ourselves to be aware of and master our subtle energies. He recommends covering the head and hair with a cotton cloth or wrapped turban.
Wearing a head covering enables you to command your sixth center, the Ajna Chakra. Covering the head provides a sense of containment and focus while practicing yoga or while doing work that requires clarity of thought. It literally helps "keep your head together." Covering the head creates a focus of the functional circuit of the hemispheres of the brain, and tunes the neurological system.The whole head is to be covered, not just the crown chakra.
Turbans as Technology
Head coverings of any kind are useful for a meditative practice. Turbans in particular are useful for holding energy in, and for creating a meditative focus at the third eye point (brow point). In addition, the turban provides a nice cranial adjustment. Some teachers wear a turban or head covering for these yogic reasons alone.
The skull is made up of tiny bones that are constantly moving even if only by micromillimeters and the degree to which they move impacts levels of calmness or anxiety. Covering the head stabilizes the cerebral matter and the 26 parts of the brain, which are interlocked with the neurological system and electromagnetic field.
The benefit of wearing a turban is that when you wrap the 5 to 7 layers of cloth, you cover the temples, which prevents any variance or movement in the different parts of the skull. A turban automatically gives you a cranial self-adjustment. You can pay for a cranial adjustment, or you can tie a turban for free!
Question: Is it important to wear a head covering during sadhana?
Yogi Bhajan: During sadhana, be sure to cover your head with a non-static, natural cloth like cotton, and keep the hair up. The hair regulates the inflow of sun energy into the body system. To let the solar energy flow without obstruction, let the hair grow to its full natural length, and take good care of it. If this is done, the amount of energy that goes downward from the Seventh Chakra increases tremendously.
The kundalini energy is activated by the radiant force of the solar plexus and moves upward in response to the solar energy coming down. This balances the body energy and maninains the total equilibrium. If the hair is down, unkept, or uncovered so that it is electrically imbalanced, this natural process of raising the kundalini energy will be impeded.
Every human has a nine foot aura. And wear cotton and we wear white, this color therapy gives us one extra foot of aura. I trust my students will behave right. But in case they behave like animals, they will still have a margin, an edge. That is what it's all about. You have to wear a natural fiber and you have to wear white. It's a pure color therapy and it's called auric color therapy. [Beads of Truth, Spring 1981]
“The time has come not to search for God, but to be God. Time is not to worship God, but to trust and dwell in the working God." How 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 expand your consciousness.
Expand Your Aura
Each day, you can expand your aura and increase your openness and neutrality by wearing dignified clothes that are white or ivory, made from cotton, silk, or wool. Wearing white expands your aura and creates a powerful interface between you and your environments. The spectrum of light energy that makes up the color white contains the energies of all colors.
By wearing white, all the colors are available to support and enhance the aura and the eight chakras. Natural fibers act as energy conduits. The fibers interact with your surroundings to conduct prana inward and filter out negative or chaotic energy.We wear white because it's a simple scientific fact that every piece of matter or material has a foot and a half aura. Every animal has a three and a half foot aura.
Wearing White - Yogi Bhajan
We adopted this color because of our background and to support our development. We ask you to wear white so that you will reflect what is outside and go within yourself—that’s what white clothes can do for you. When you are totally dressed in white, the entire face reflects it, and then it is very difficult to become intimate. Wearing white demands that the other person deal with you on a higher level, because that person has to concentrate himself in order to advance.
The most difficult thing on this planet is to wear white top to bottom; but it is also the greatest therapy. Some people think we are laying a trip. We are not laying a trip on anyone. We wear yellow. We wear blue. We know these colors, and we know their reaction. Sit in your own living room with a yellow house turban on—and then a white house turban. You will find the difference. Colors create an uncontrollable action in your subconscious mind of inspiration, productivity and expansion. Colors have an excessive effect on consciousness.
We wanted to develop a very fast, progressive, spiritual and technical method of all the colors, so we have adopted the one color of the seven colors, which is white. To you, white is just one color, but to me it is the total balance of seven colors. [Summer 1975, published in I Am a Woman, p. 156.] © The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
What you choose to wear should be based on your personal experience. Because it’s real to you. Not because someone else thinks you should do it, or you want to look a certain way to gain attention, or to put on an act. it is a privilege to always look good, and to always look royal. Look good because you are good. Look royal because you are royal in your consciousness. Let your clothing project your pure self-identity.
Projection and Impact
Elegant, white dress makes you visible to people. It gives you impact and projection. The only way you can connect to someone so that they can remember you is if you impact them with your projection. Dressing in white can expand your projection and your energy, much, much more than when you dress like everyone else. When your style of dress is a reflection of your own commitment to your inner reality, it creates a subtle communication with other people.The impact and projection says to someone, “This person is different. I’ve got to talk to this person. Maybe this person can help me.”
We want to serve others. We want to be able to protect others. How can you serve or protect if other people don’t even know you’re there? You have to be visible. That requires courage. It requires that you be secure in your self and that you enjoy who you are in relation to your higher self. Then you can serve and protect from the core of your own purity and consciousness.
References: The Aquarian Teacher: KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Textbook Level One and a video interview with Guruka Singh Khalsa.