What are the Basics in Kundalini Yoga?

This page' is a Map to the foundation of the Practice of this technology. Where do you start, what do you do? The basics are what do you do with your hair, your beard, turban tying, the use of the breath, the most fundamental kriyas to do, the best exercises.

Daily Practices

Daily Sadhana in Kundalini Yoga A daily morning mediation for all Kundalini Yoga Students and teachers. This is setting the vibration for your day, your protection and eventually your bliss.

Sodarshan Chakra Kriya this is the highest kriya.This meditation cuts all darkness. It will give you a new start.

Kirtan Kriya Whatever you need at the moment, it will readjust and align you to bring balance into your mind and thus your life. It is a catalyst for change because it is a very powerful spiritual cleanser.

Sat Kriya Sat Kriya is fundamental to Kundalini yoga and should be practiced every day for at least 3 minutes, and is one of the most powerful and complete postures/ mediation's Yogi Bhajan taught.

Locks and Breathing

Bandhs - Locks

Heart Breath

Long Deep Breathing

Breath of Fire (BOF)

Breathing - Pranayama - One Minute, Sitali, Alternate Nostril, Right Nostril, Cannon, Whistling, Left Nostril

Hair and Beards

Guru Singh - Your Hair and Sunlight - talks about how your hair is like an electric circuitry.  (Video)

Guruka Singh and Gurumustuk discuss the challenges and purpose of keeping the hair uncut. (Video).

An article on Healthy Hair by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH a teacher of 30 years.

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New to Kundalini Yoga Basics - How to Setup a Personal Practice

Most people do an Morning Sadhana, which means a daily spiritual practice. It is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve the purpose of life. This page explains how to setup a personal practice. It can be Morning Sadhana. of spiritual chants. That most of us do. "Sadhana Guidelines", is a wonderful book on the kriyas and mantras you can do. There are CDs with all the mantras used and I use to chant with them. You can purchase them at Spirit Voyage and Ancient Healing Ways. (links at end of page). You can also look for a teacher in your area and this is the best way to learn, and 3HO is one our main organizations. Find a Kundalini Yoga Teacher at 3ho. You can also look in the Master Teachers Section on this site. These are the teachers that learned directy from Yogi Bhajan and have been teaching for 30 years. Master Teachers Location List

Any Kundalini Yoga practice has to be done for 40 days, as it takes that long to break old habits. And it is explained on the Mantra Info page Mantra Info page. It will give you the changes in the body and brain.and beautiful Video on how one of our teachers views chanting.This CD 'Mantras of the Master' has every mantra we do on it and how to say it.

So you could pick a mantra or kriya that you like and just do it for 40 days or longer. I would do Sat Kriya for the exercise. It is one of the most powerful and complete kriyas that Yogi Bhajan taught and is an entire class in one posture. And you can do it for 3 minutes and benefit, though longer is better. You can do more than one mantra or one kriya.

We have exercses WARM-UPS that we do before classes or chanting Kundalini Yoga Warm Ups. Every class I have taken start with these.

Sat Nam is one of the foundation mantras to do. Very simple. It sets up a good vibration and things work better. Inhale 'Sat' and exhale 'Nam', I do this at stop lights and while driving. Got stuck in the ER one night and did this until they found me again, 2 hours later.

Power Mantras - Power Kriyas: I created this page because I spent a lot time doing this and that mantras. And that is ok, however, I got so I wanted to do More Faster. Kirtan Kriya This is my favorite one. I do it every day and especially right before bed. It seems to file the day away and I sleep deeply. It is also good to do if you are upset with someone. And Now I am doing it in the middle of the day.

Sodarshan Chakra Kriya is the highest kriya. On the page, under video, is a MP3 mantra you can get that will do the counting for you. Very helpful, no more using the different joints of the fingers.

Long Sat Nams help you to calm down, paying attention to your breath is the first step. It completely neutralizes tension. I do them every day, especially after being on a computer all day.

Cold Depression. is when nothing matters - everything lacks meaning, too much to do, that is when you don't know you are depressed,. I have to do this one every day or I lose the day and nothing gets done. Cold Depression (happening to everyone) is going to continue until 2058, according to Yogi Bhajan. it is part of the planetary transformation we are all going through.

And to be safe from harm, put this one around yourself, your car, your house and your kids, throw in the neighborhood, by using this 3,000 year old Protection Mantra.

We are all interested in Love & Marriage, our whole lives. And then comes how to Heal a Broken Heart and how to Heal The Wounds of Love.

What I like to do is this to start the day wth this mantra as it gets rid of blocks and makes the day nicer. I do it every day.

Aad Such, Jugaad Such, HaiBhay Such, Naanak Hosee Bhay Such

You can do it for 3, 5, 11, 22, minutes a day.. Found on the Power Mantras, Power Kriyas page.

This is the easiest and fastest and I have always gotten either money or an opportunity to make some: Meditation to Become Rich and Prosperous and very easy to do, 3 minutes a day.

Kids and Elders Site Map Where to find Kundalini Yoga Teachers of Children and their websites. Some even have videos showing what the kids do.

Heart Breath You can help friends and heal yourself. I use it all day long especially when my house-friend is coming home from work, prevents being dumped on. Breath of Fire (BOF) better than a cup of coffee, warms you up, gives lots of energy and your brain works too. .

Do this mantra every day, and it will keep you focused and able to finish projects including house work, Stop Procrastination.

Guru Rattana,  a teacher of 30 years, has a streaming video course, very inexpensive, and 24/7 access. So this too is a way to learn on your own. Guru Rattana Online,


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Kundalini Yoga Sadhana - Our Daily Practice

Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. It is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve the purpose of life. It can be done alone or in a group. Sadhana is whatever you do consistently to clear your own consciousness so you can relate to the infinity within you. Before you face the world each day, do yourself a favor and tune up your nervous system and attune yourself to your highest inner self. To cover all your bases, it will include exercise, meditation, and prayer.

Ideally we are called to practice during the Amrit Vela , "ambrosial time" (the two and a half hours just before sunrise), when the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the Earth, the energy you put into your sadhana gets maximum results. Your world is quieter. It's easier to meditate and concentrate before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

NOTE: There is science behind it. As the sun comes over the horizon it activates the Ionosphere. The Schumann Resonance is the frequency of that part of the Ionosphere. It is the same frequency as the human magnetic field. Thus as it vibrates we vibrate and that is when the subconscious dumps. If we they are alert in meditation we process those inner thoughts otherwise they churn away.

“If you absolutely cannot get up early in the morning to do sadhana, then do it some other time! Doing sadhana at any time of the day or night will benefit you.” (Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur)

Develop a regular sadhana and you take control of your life. Develop a deep sadhana and you open the doors of experience. Commit to meet your higher Self each morning and your decisions and your life become original; your life will bear the signature of your soul; your radiance will express the meaningful intimacy of the Infinite in each moment. Immerse yourself in the joy of victory that comes from starting each day with a powerful sadhana and every challenge becomes opportunity. (Sadhana Guidelines)

Start your day gently, waking up with a few stretches and pranayam in bed. Then bathe, preferably with a cold shower, purifying your body and preparing it for the day ahead. Wear comfortable clothes that were not slept in and cover your head with any sort of natural cloth scarf or hat. Create a sacred physical space for your daily practice, embellishing it with inspiring images, flowers, crystals, or whatever suits you. Have a shawl or sweater handy and sit on a sheepskin or natural-fiber blanket.

"What is sadhana? It's a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best." ~Yogi Bhajan

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4:50 AM Kundalini Yoga Kriyas(As taught by Yogi Bhajan)

Kundalini Yoga Warm Ups to prepare for meditation. You can listen to Sadhana chanted by different teachers at Spirit Voyage, Ancient Healing Ways and KRI.

5:15 AM How to Tune In before starting (Videos) These are the mantras that precedes ALL Kundalini Yoga practice.

Aquarian Sadhana Chants

This is a beautiful description of the flow of the Aquarian Sadhana Chants by S.S. Sangeet Kaur Khalsa on our Sadhana page. LINK

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Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Naam, Siree Wha Hay-G'Roo

The following is a way to pronounce this Adi Shakti Mantra. Research was done on how it is supposed to sound. There is a link to the source page where I got the information.

Sit in Easy Pose, Hands in Gyan Mudra (The pads of the Thumb and Index Finger are touching with the other fingers straight.) on the knees, elbows gently held straight with the fingers pointing towards the floor. Eyes are closed focusing at the Brow Point, at the root of the nose. The neck is held in Neck Lock, straightening the back of the Neck with the chin level to the floor.

Following a Full Deep Breath, express EK powerfully, albeit momentarily, squeeze mul bandh - pulling navel to rectum, followed by ONNNNG, emphasizing nnnng, then KAAR stretch out aarrrrr, then...

Following a Full Deep Breath, express SAT (sounds like ‘but’) powerfully, albeit momentarily, squeeze mul bandh - pulling navel to rectum, followed by NAAMMMM (sounds like ‘mom’) stretch out mmmmm, lips touching, then SIRI, and is recited as a short-quick expression, then...

Following a 1/2 Breath, express WHAA powerfully, albeit momentarily, squeeze mul bandh - pulling navel to rectum, then a short-quick He, followed by a short but inunciated GU-ROO.
NOTE: Essentially, the first portion Ek Ong Kar is equal to the second section Sat Nam, Siri.

(ROOT LOCK aka Mul (Mool) Bandh, Root Lock is frequently used and closes off the lower 3 chakras, stabilizing the base of the and allows the kundalini energy to rise. To apply Root Lock: Contract the muscles of the rectum, the sex organs and the navel point ... Pulling in and up on the navel. NOTE: This entire sequence requires approximately 60 seconds to complete. (See MUL BANDH.) Best Description of Morning Call

NOTE: Pull the navel back sharply toward the spine during the expression of these 3 sounds, EK, SAT and WHAA. Observe all the sounds resonating like a gong throughout the cranium.

It translates to: One Creator Creation , Truth Identity, Great, What Indescribable Wisdom.

The cornerstone of morning sadhana is the Adi Shakti Mantra, also called Long Ek Ong Kars or Morning Call.

This mantra initiates the kundalini, initiating the relationship between our soul and the Universal Soul. Opens the chakras and energizes your higher awareness.

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Waah Yantee, Kar Yantee, Jag Dut Patee, Aadak It Whaa-haa,
Brahmaaday Trayshaa Guroo, It Wha-hay Guroo

Great Macroself, Creative Self. All that is creative through time, all that is the Great One. Three aspects of God: Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. That is Wahe Guru. This mantra is from the teachings of Patanjali. The practice of this mantra is the culmination of hundreds of years of prayer.

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The Mool Mantra

Ek Ong Kar, Sat Naam, Kartaa-Purkh, Nirbhao, Nirvair,
Akal-Moorat, Ajoonee, Saibhung, Gur-Prasad, Jap!
Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach, Haibhee Sach, Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach

There is one Creator Creation. Truth Identity. The Doer of everything. Without fear nor vengeful, the Image of the infinite, unborn, self illumined, complete in the self. True Guru's Grace. Meditate! True before time began. True through time. True even now. Oh Nanak, forever true.

Mool means root. This is the root mantra that begins the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the compilation of ecstatic poetry that is scriptures of the Sikh tradition. Mool Mantra is considered the condensed essence of the entire teachings of the 1400 plus pages of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.

This complete mantra has everything in it. It is a technology, a description and a technique. It forms the basis of the consciousness that we wish to develop and that exists in our very soul. The entire Mool Mantra is known as the highest of all mantras, and it contains in it the root of sound that is the basis for all effective mantras.

Album: One Bright Morning Artist: Ram Singh Year: 2011 This is a truly special Aquarian Sadhana with the Kundalini Yoga morning meditations. Rise up early in the morning, be with yourself, practice your yoga, meditate and relax... tune in to the awakening day...

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Sat Siree, Siree Akaal, Siree Akaal
Maahaa Akaal, Maahaa Akaal
Sat Naam, Akaal Moorat
Wah-hay Guroo

Great Truth Great Undying Great Undying Great Deathless Great Deathless Truth is His Name Deathless Image of God Great beyond description is His Wisdom

Yogi Bhajan called this the mantra for the aquarian age. When we chant it we affirm that we are timeless, deathless beings. This is one of the "Aquarian Sadhana" mantras. It is known for giving victory in all aspects of life.

It is said that when we are challenged in life there are three impulses we confront: One is to be alone/to withdraw, another to deny or fantasize about the future, another to live greedily or in scarcity instead of prosperously. This mantra is to help one overcome these tendencies and give courage and caliber.

7 minutes

Rakhay Rakhanahaar aap ubaariun
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaarium
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavajal taariun
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun
Tis saahib kee taayk Naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simarat sukh ho-eh sagalay dookh jaa-eh

Translation: Oh Savior Lord, save us and take us across. Falling at the feet of the Guru, our works are embellished with perfection. You have become kind, merciful and compassionate. We do not forget You from our minds. In the company of the holy, we are carried across the terrifying world ocean. In an instant, You have destroyed the faithless cynics and slanderous enemies. That Lord and Master is my anchor and support. 0 Nanak hold firm in your mind. Remembering Him in meditation, happiness comes and all sorrows and pains simply vanish.

Rakhe Rakhanhaar is one of the seven mantras Yogi Bhajan assigned in 1991 (to help us transition into the Aquarian Age) for our morning sadhana. This is a Shabad of protection against all negative forces which move against one's walk on the path of destiny, both inner and outer.

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Wha-hay guroo, Wha-hay guroo,
Wha-hay guroo, Wha-hay jeeo

Wahe or Wha-hay is an exclamation of ecstasy like Wow! Gu means darkness and ru means light. Guru is the technology of conscious expressed that takes one from the darkness into the light.

Ideally, for the Aquarian Sadhana this Mantra is chanted in Vir Asan, sitting on the left heel, with the right knee pulled up to the chst, foot flat on the floor. The palms are together in Prayer Mudra at the Heart Center with the eyes focused at the tip of the nose.

Wah Hey Guru means ecstasy through consciousness, and works really well with repetitive actions like chopping food, walking and running or try to fall asleep.

Next time you are finding your thoughts overwhelming, just substitute the mantra and see how long you can refuse to be dragged away into obsessive thinking. Even if it is for just 3 minutes, the relief and calm that comes as a result is so wonderful. You gain perspective and decisions are easier, use the mantra to create a period of time where you do not think at all. Just turn the mantra over and over, refusing to enter into any thought that tries to hook you away from the simple repetition. It takes care of phobias, fears and neuroses, can remove unsettling thoughts from the past.

It can take a difficult situations in the present and release them into the hands of infinity and do it in 40 seconds.

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Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru

This mantra is one of humility. It opens the Heart Center (4th chakra) so that we can feel and effortlessly radiate universal love. We call on Guru Ram Das in praise of his spiritual guiding light and protective grace.

This is a mantra of self-healing, humility, relaxation, protective grace, and emotional relief. It calls on the spirit of humility and grace of Guru Ram Das. The Guru Mantra is an ashtang mantra. Ashtang mantras have eight parts. They catalyze the kundalini energy to initiate through your own effort and devotion. The first part of the mantra, Guru Guru Wahe Guru, projects the mind to the Infinite, the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part, Guru Ram Das Guru, means "the wisdom that comes as a servant of the Infinite." This mantra projects the mind to the Infinite and then brings finite guidance on a practical level

May the long time sun shine upon you,
all love surround you,
and the pure light within you,
guide your way on.

Then: Long Sat Short Naam.

This is our ending Mantras for every class and practice.

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Hair and Beards Kundalini Yoga Style

Notice that many famous yogis seem to do special things with their hair? Grown long, shaved off, tied in a knot everyone seems to do something exceptional. That's no accident, because hair has a lot of energy. Just look at how much attention goes to caring for hair in modern life. It's likely the first place our eyes are drawn when we meet someone. Hair care products outnumber coffee flavors at Starbucks.

The Beard and it's Purpose for Men

Guruka Singh explains the purpose of the beard for menand why a woman doesn't normally have hair there.

Guru Singh - Your Hair and Sunlight

Guru Singh talks about how your hair is like an electric circuitry. You needs vitamin D which is absorbed directed from the sunlight into your hair and skin.

All About Hair, Yogi Style By Deva Kaur Khalsa

"Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality." Yogi Bhajan

Consider the possibility that the hair on your head is there to do more than just look good. Man is the only creature who grows longer hair on his head as he grows into adulthood. Left uncut, your hair will grow to a particular length and then stop all by itself at the correct length for you. From a yogic perspective, hair is an amazing gift of nature that can actually help raise the Kundalini energy (creative life force), which increases vitality, intuition, and tranquility.

Cut Hair Long ago people in many cultures didn't cut their hair, because it was a part of who they were. There were no salons. Often, when people were conquered or enslaved, their hair was cut as a recognized sign of slavery. It was also understood that this would serve as punishment and decrease the power of those enslaved.

The bones in the forehead are porous and function to transmit light to the pineal gland, which affects brain activity, as well as thyroid and sexual hormones. Cutting bangs which cover the forehead impedes this process. When Genghis Khan conquered China, he considered the Chinese to be a very wise, intelligent people who would not allow themselves to be subjugated. He therefore required all women in the country to cut their hair and wear bangs, because he knew this would serve to keep them timid and more easily controlled.

As whole tribes or societies were conquered, cut hair became so prevalent that the importance of hair was lost after a few generations, and hairstyles and fashion grew to be the focus.

The science of hair was one of the first technologies given by Yogi Bhajan when he came to America. "When the hair on your head is allowed to attain its full, mature length, then phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin D are all produced, and enter the lymphatic fluid, and eventually the spinal fluid through the two ducts on the top of the brain.

This ionic change creates more efficient memory and leads to greater physical energy, improved stamina, and patience." Yogi Bhajan explained that if you choose to cut your hair, you not only lose this extra energy and nourishment, but your body must then provide a great amount of vital energy and nutrients to continually re-grow the missing hair.

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 down at night will help your electromagnetic field balance out from the day.

Split Ends 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.

Wet Hair One year after Winter Solstice, when Yogi Bhajan was sitting in our living room with wet hair, he explained that he was drying it before putting it up in order to avoid a headache. When you put your hair up wet, it will tend to shrink and tighten a bit and even break as it dries. A better idea is to occasionally take the time to sit in the sun and allow your clean, wet hair to dry naturally and absorb some extra vitamin D. Yogis recommend shampooing the hair every 72 hours (or more frequently if the scalp sweats a great deal). It can also be beneficial to wash your hair after being upset to help process emotions.

Wooden Comb Yogis also recommend using a wooden comb or brush for combing your hair as it gives a lot of circulation and stimulation to the scalp, and the wood does not create static electricity, which causes a loss of the hair's energy to the brain. You will find that, if you comb your hair and scalp front to back, back to front, and then to the right and left several times, it will refresh you, no matter how long your hair is. All the tiredness of your day will be gone.

For women, it is said that using this technique to comb your hair twice a day can help maintain youth, a healthy menstrual cycle, and good eyesight.

If you are bald or balding, the lack of hair energy can be counteracted with more meditation. If you are finding some silver strands in your hair, be aware that the silver or white color increases the vitamins and energy flow to compensate for aging. For better brain health as you age, try to keep your hair as natural and healthy as you can.

Tagore's Hair Yogi Bhajan told us this story about hair many years ago at Women's Camp in New Mexico: Recognize how beautiful and powerful your hair is—that when you keep it, you live a life of fulfillment in this world. When Rabindranath Tagore, the great poet who found God within himself, tried to meet a friend on a steamer ship, the friend didn't recognize him and so wrote him a letter. "We were on the same steamer, but I didn't find you."

Tagore said, "I was there." His friend said, "I understand you are now a God-realized man, and I would like to know what your first action was when you became aware of the Oneness in all?" Tagore said, "When I realized the Oneness of all, I threw my shaving kit into the ocean. I gave up my ego and surrendered to nature. I wanted to live in the form that my Creator has given me."

When humans allow their hair to grow, they are welcoming the maturity, the responsibility of being fully-grown, and fully powerful. That is why you will find grace and calmness in a person with uncut hair from birth, if it is kept well. The Creator has a definite reason for giving you hair.

It is said that when you allow your hair to grow to its full length and coil it on the crown of the head, the sun energy, pranic life force, is drawn down the spine. To counteract that downward movement, the Kundalini life energy rises to create balance.

In Yogi Bhajan's words, "Your hair is not there by mistake. It has a definite purpose, which saints will discover and other men will laugh at."

Deva Kaur Khalsa trains Kundalini Yoga Teachers and teaches Kundalini Yoga in South Florida.  She was a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 39 years.  She is co-owner of Yoga Source in Coral Springs, Florida


The Purpose of Hair

Guruka Singh and Gurumustuk discuss the challenges and purpose of keeping the hair uncut, and that one must experience this to fully understand it.

Healthy Hair

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH

Notice that many famous yogis seem to do special things with their hair? Grown long, shaved off, tied in a knot everyone seems to do something exceptional. That's no accident, because hair has a lot of energy. Just look at how much attention goes to caring for hair in modern life. It's likely the first place our eyes are drawn when we meet someone. Hair care products outnumber coffee flavors at Starbucks.

The hair reflects the internal condition of the body. Healthy hair comes from a healthy body. In yogic thought, the hair is the extension of the shushumna, the etheric spine. It acts as an energy antenna and prana regulator to consolidate the energy coming through the chakras.

It connects us energetically to the environment. Renunciate yogis shave it off to disconnect from the day-to-day world. Householder yogis grow it long, to capture energy, and keep them grounded and engaged in the life of the world.

Yogis who grow long hair often cover it with a turban to keep it clean and organized. Left to grow long, and covered by a porous cloth, hair will accumulate some natural scalp oil.

This oil, exposed to the filtered sunlight, is a major source of vitamin D for the body. A hair covering will also help disciplined yogis stay modest and make it easier to remember to remain graceful in social situations.

Hair is a tissue, so the body never stops producing it to replace lost strands. When it reaches the proper genetic length for you body, it will get no longer, but only replace individual hairs. Think about the hair on your arms isn't three feet long, now, is it?

Allowing the hair to reach its natural length will save energy for the body, which does not then have to keep creating hair, which is made from minerals and protein that could be conserved for other purposes.

Gathering that long hair at crown of the head keeps it contained and the energy concentrated, aligned with the chakras. Yogis and yoginis tie it in a " rishi knot", or " joora", that sits atop the anterior fontanel for men, or the posterior fontanel for women.

Feeling dull and worn-out? To refresh yourself, take your hair down and comb it out. Then quickly tie it back up in the head cover. Ahh- a new look on life!

If you use remedies to help your hair stay healthy, remember that the changes will happen in the base of the hair shaft, and that hair grows slowly. You may not see the results of your efforts for months! In the world of hairy things, patience pays. Yoga says that hair is damaged by heat.

Falling or prematurely graying hair is a sign of too much heat, or excess metabolic rate, in the head. To keep your hair healthy, avoid anything that promotes heat, inflammation, or extreme intensity and stress. Engage in cooling activities, such as moonlight walks by the lake, and eat cooling foods like cucumber, celery, spearmint and melon.

Ayurveda offers several herbs that help keep hair healthy. Bringraj (Eclipta alba) is a master tonic for the hair. Bringraj is an herb that cools the metabolism, so it offsets the heat problem. Use 2-3 grams per day in capsules.

Chinese medicine has a related remedy, Han Lian Cao (Eclipta prostrata), that also cools the body and treats premature graying of the hair. Use up to 5 grams per day as capsules or tea.

Amla fruit (Emblica officinalis) is a famous Ayurvedic herb, and one of the most useful medicines in the Indian pharmacopoeia. It is considered to be one of the strongest rejuvenatives. It is an exceptionally rich source of vitamin C. Amla is the frontline anti-inflammatory herb, and is used for a wide variety of inflammatory conditions. It is considered to be the prime general herb to treat premature gray hair. Amla is the basis for the famous Ayurvedic rejuvenative jam, " chyavanprash." As a long term, slow acting remedy for chronic inflammation, use 1-2 grams per day in capsules.

Known for centuries in Asia, brahmi (Centella asiatica) stimulates the growth of hair and nails, increases blood supply to the skin and increases protein growth (keratinization) in the skin and hair. Brew brahmi as a tea and drink 2-3 cups per day.

He shou wu root (Polygonum multiflorum), a Chinese tonic, is considered a superior medicine according to traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine uses the root to treat premature aging, weakness, premature hair loss and graying and impotence. Brew a tea and take 2-3 cups per day.

Saw palmetto berry helps male pattern baldness. The biological process that contributes to saw palmetto's effect in prostate health is a key factor in male pattern baldness. The drug Propecia works through the same mechanism, so this is not surprising.

Many nutrients benefit hair health. Silica keeps the hair strong. It's common in food plants, or you can take it as a supplement. Use 3-4 grams of silicon dioxide daily. An assortment of minerals make up the hair tissue.

Usually a daily multimineral tablet will strengthen the hair. Mineral rich herbs include nettles, oat straw and horsetail. Use any or all of these as tea in as much quantity as you like- they are all like food. And protein is critical for strong, beautiful hair. Make sure you are getting enough.

Oiling the hair daily is a basic yoga lifestyle practice. Air tattva (vayu) is the nervous system, and, of course, resides in the brain, so vayu tends to collect in the head. Air is the main element that causes disturbed sleep. Controlling vayu will reduce that overactive mind that plagues us when we most want to slumber. At bedtime, apply a little oil to your scalp. Ayurveda suggests a drop of castor oil for this, but it's a little messy. Almond works well. The anterior fontanel is the best spot.

Oil is the main general remedy for controlling the air tattva. To keep your mind on track through the day, use cooling oils for daily scalp care, including coconut and ghee. Sesame and almond are also good general choices for keeping the scalp soft and moist.

Hair oils are usually made form cooling herbs. Use prepared Ayurvedic hair oil made from amla fruit, brahmi leaf or bringraj. Buttermilk head massage is a traditional treatment used to treat dry hair, dandruff and hair loss. We all want our days to be filled with energy and happiness.

Adding a little awareness to the daily routines, including hair care, can pay big dividends over a lifetime, and help bring us to a place of health and holiness.


Thus Jun 15, 2006 8:29 am Message Yahoo Group No. 225 of 4571

We call the time we spend on our maintenance, Sadhana. It is an essential part of life. If you do your Sadhana, your mind can take the pressure. It will guide you and groom you properly. ~ Yogi Bhajan


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