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4 Head Coverings for Kundalini Yoga and Other Spiritual Practices

You don’t have to wear a white turban when practicing Kundalini Yoga, but you might want to. Here’s why.

An “urban turban” is cinch to wear. 

Walk into any Kundalini Yoga class and you’ll likely see many students with white scarves and turbans tied around their heads. Head coverings are worn as an expression of faith in many religious and spiritual traditions, including Islam, Christianity and the Sikhism. Kundalini Yoga, a practice rooted in Sikh Dharma, borrows certain traditions from this faith, such as chanting mantra, early morning sadhana (practice), not cutting body hair, and wearing turbans, among other things. Head coverings in Kundalini Yoga are entirely optional, but here’s why you might consider wearing one. 

1. Covering the head focuses the energy at the third eye.

Yogi Bhajan, the father of Kundalini Yoga in the West, emphasized the importance of head coverings during practice as a means to focus and contain your energy and clarify your thoughts, creating a meditative focus at your third eye or Ajna Chakra.

2. A snugly-tied turban creates a natural cranial adjustment. 

According to the technology of Kundalini, a tightly tied turban stabilizes the many tiny bones in the skull, which affect our neurological system and electromagnetic field. Proponents claim that a light pressure on the cranium provides a sense of calm and wellbeing.

3. A turban can symbolize your devotion to your practice. 

Rituals like covering your head and sitting facing an altar or sacred space, may help set the stage for a deeper practice by signaling a transition from the physical to spiritual world. I find that when I settle down in front of my altar covered with images of gurus and departed loved ones, light incense, anoint my wrists with essential oils, and cover my head, I am …

YJ Tried It: White Tantric Yoga

Writer Jennifer Davis-Flynn joins hundreds in white garb for a day of meditation in which you hold eye contact with a partner.

White Tantric is an ancient group meditation practice that can help you release deep subconscious blocks and heal your body and soul.

I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor of the gymnasium of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, looking into the eyes of my meditation partner. Five rows of Kundalini yogis are arranged in straight lines, marked by red yarn taped along the worn wood floor. Moderators walk between the rows, asking participants to move their mats and sheepskins closer to their partners so that their knees touch.

There are about 200 of us here to practice White Tantric Yoga, and we’ll be meditating in pairs all day: gazing into the eyes of our partner for five 31-minute meditations and one 62-minute meditation, with half-hour breaks in between.

A moderator has already come over to ask me to adjust the white silk scarf wrapped around my head, to make sure it is fully covering my crown. When practicing White Tantric Yoga, you are supposed to wrap the top of your head, not just the arc line around your temples, to contain the energy created during meditation and focus it toward the ajna chakra (the third eye chakra, or sixth chakra). 

See also How to Use the Seven Chakras in Your Yoga Practice

In Kundalini Yoga, your turban is your crown. By wearing a turban, along with pristine white clothing, you are expressing deep reverence for this practice. It’s a simple way to channel the raj (royal) lineage of yoga and honor your own divinity.

My partner, Erin, is from my 200-hour Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training cohort. We’ve traveled …