A New Home for an Old Practice
Yoga Village is the premier Kundalini studio in Tampa Bay. Before opening 4 years ago, there were teachers and students in the area who taught at various hatha studios, but it was part of our mission to offer them a place to call home. We offer Level One and Level Two trainings in the teachings, as well as regular group classes.
Kundalini is not new. When Yogi Bhajan came to the West Coast in the 1960s, he taught Kundalini to thousands of students, many of whom went on to teach. Before Yogi B began openly teaching this practice, it had been restricted to royal and elite classes in India. Kundalini has since become a householder’s yoga practice.
Speaking of Kundalini
We are starting a dialogue to answer your questions about Kundalini because there are some key differences in approach compared to a hatha yoga class. We want to illuminate those differences, as well as it’s similarities. Speaking of Kundalini will be a regular newsletter column to give voice to this dialogue.
The Use of Head Coverings in Kundalini Yoga
One of the more obvious things that hits an observer of Kundalini teachers and some students is the use of turbans or head coverings. This tradition is handed down from many spiritual practices but is not required dress code for practitioners.
Kundalini yogi’s cite that the practice of wearing the turban, or a covering for the crown, creates focus at the third eye point, associated with the pituitary gland. This is important because the pituitary controls the function of all the other glands in the body, including the thyroid and parathyroid.
Covering the head helps to ‘ground’ meditation practitioners, especially in longer meditations. A regular meditation practice develops one’s intuition and promotes heightened sensitivity of the senses. Covering the head can prevent headaches commonly associated with longer meditations.
This technology of covering the head cultivates a sense of inner focus, a sense of containment for Kundalini practitioners. Try it yourself by using a readily available head covering made of natural materials, something that covers the crown, and practicing Kirtan Kriya. Let us know what your think!