Kudalini Hair Care: the spiritual benefits of long hair
Since the beginning of human history, hair has represented diverse symbolic meanings. It is right to say that it symbolizes strength, health, seduction, sexual attraction, virility and fertility. In addition to that, our hair represents our personality and carries different connotations. Beauty magazine have forever boasted tips on how to get healthy, strong hair. However, caring for your hair is not only a cosmetic choice, it can also be a spiritual one.
As a spiritual woman, I love to learn more about the connection between our body and the Universe. From a yogic perspective, hair is an amazing gift of nature that can actually help raise the Kundalini energy (the creative life force) which increase vitality, intuition, and tranquility. In addition, hairs are the antennas that gather and channel the sun energy or prana to the frontal lobes, the part of the brain you use for meditation and visualization. These antennas act as conduits to bring you greater quantities of subtle, cosmic energy. It takes approximately three years from the last time your hair was cut for new antennas to form at the tips of the hair.
Kundalini Hair Care
In India, a Rishi is known as a wise one who coils his or her hair up on the crown of the head during the day to energize the brain cells, and then combs it down at night. A ‘rishi knot’ energizes your magnetic field (aura) and stimulates the pineal gland in the center of your brain.
“This activation of your pineal results in a secretion that is central to the development of higher intellectual functioning, as well as higher spiritual perception.” -Yogi Bhajan
During the day, the hair absorbs solar energy, but at night it absorbs lunar energy. Keeping the hair up during the day and down at night aids in this process. Braiding your hair at night will help your electromagnetic field balance out from the day.
Loose scattered hair can develop split ends. Instead of trimming them and losing your antennas, Yogi Bhajan recommends applying a small amount of almond oil to your hair overnight so that it can be absorbed before you wash it the next morning. Keeping your hair coiled on your crown and protected with a head covering during the day will help your antennas heal. If you have long hair, see if your experience is different when it is clean and coiled at your crown, or down and loose.
3 Yogic hair tips:
1.Comb your hair day and night
Get into a routine of combing your hair for five minutes each morning and each night. This yogic hair care routine helps to energize and invigorate your hair. You should use a wooden comb or natural bristle brush for this activity. When you get started, you may notice that you feel a sense of inner calm and relaxation as you brush your hair.
2. Massage your head and scalp
Ahead of showering or washing your hair, take a moment to massage your head and scalp area. You can use an oil to make this experience more effective and enjoyable. For example, you may find that almond oil works well.
Wrap your hair in cloth and leave it for an hour before washing. This is one of the best Kundalini Yoga hair care tips for newcomers and those who wish to promote hair growth.
3. Cover your head
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 of yoga as a means to focus and contain your energy and clarify your thoughts, creating a meditative focus at your third eye or Ajna Chakra.
A great entry point to the turban, this is a good choice for those who want to try out a turban, but don’t know how to tie one or just want the ease of a head covering to throw on while on the mat.
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