Hair 'Part' II

The truth about your hair...
Don't cut it, your body needs it!


"Mr. President, does your hair feel the same as mine?"

"Each part of the body has highly sensitive work to perform
for the survival and well being of the body as a whole.
The body has a reason for every part of itself." C. Young

A narrative by Deva Kaur Khalsa*

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.

Long ago people in many cultures didn’t cut their hair, because it is a part of who they are. 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 the enslaved. See If Your Dad Doesn't Have A Beard.

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 the hair into 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 has 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 greater 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.

In India, a Rishi is known as a wise one who coils his or her hair up on the crown of the head into a ‘rishi knot’ 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 gland 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 this process. Braiding your hair down 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 you 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.

One year, after Winter Solstice, when Yogi Bhajan was sitting 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 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 emotionally upset, to help process emotions.

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 your youth, a healthy menstrual cycle, and good eyesight.

If you are bald or balding, the lack of hair can be counteracted with more meditation. If you find 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.

Yogi Bhajan told a story about hair many years ago at Khalsa Women’s Training Camp (KWTC) 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 he wrote him a letter. 'We were on the same steamer, but I didn’t find you.'”

Rabindranath Tagore**
May 6,1861 - August 7, 1941

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.

If your dad doesn't have a beard, you've got two moms!

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, the pranic life force, is drawn down the spine. To counteract this 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 others will laugh at." See the Bigot Detector here. See more about hair and beards here. -- See Why The Sikhs Keep Their Hair.



*Deva Kaur Khalsa trains Kundalini Yoga teachers, and teaches Kundalini Yoga in South Florida. She has been a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 35 years. She is co-owner of Yoga Source in Coral Springs, Florida, and can be reached at www.MyYogaSource.com.

**Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a revival of the ultimate monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads. He was educated at home; and although at seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, he did not finish his studies there. In his mature years, in addition to his many-sided literary activities, he managed the family estates, a project which brought him into close touch with common humanity and increased his interest in social reforms.

Tagore also started an experimental school at Shantiniketan where he tried his Upanishadic ideals of education. From time to time he participated in the Indian nationalist movement, though in his own non-sentimental and visionary way; and Gandhi, the political father of modern India, was his devoted friend. Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honour as a protest against British policies in India.

Tagore had early success as a writer in his native Bengal. With his translations of some of his poems he became rapidly known in the West. In fact his fame attained a luminous height, taking him across continents on lecture tours and tours of friendship. For the world he became the voice of India's spiritual heritage; and for India, especially for Bengal, he became a great living institution.

Although Tagore wrote successfully in all literary genres, he was first of all a poet. Among his fifty and odd volumes of poetry are Manasi (1890) [The Ideal One], Sonar Tari (1894) [The Golden Boat], Gitanjali (1910) [Song Offerings], Gitimalya (1914) [Wreath of Songs], and Balaka (1916) [The Flight of Cranes]. The English renderings of his poetry, which include The Gardener (1913), Fruit-Gathering (1916), and The Fugitive (1921), do not generally correspond to particular volumes in the original Bengali; and in spite of its title, Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), the most acclaimed of them, contains poems from other works besides its namesake. Tagore's major plays are Raja (1910) [The King of the Dark Chamber], Dakghar (1912) [The Post Office], Achalayatan (1912) [The Immovable], Muktadhara (1922) [The Waterfall], and Raktakaravi (1926) [Red Oleanders].

Tagore is the author of several volumes of short stories and a number of novels, among them Gora (1910), Ghare-Baire (1916) [The Home and the World], and Yogayog (1929) [Crosscurrents]. Besides these, he wrote musical dramas, dance dramas, essays of all types, travel diaries, and two autobiographies, one in his middle years and the other shortly before his death in 1941. Tagore also left numerous drawings and paintings, and songs for which he wrote the music himself.

Rabindranath Tagore Quotes

Radiant Hair Health Secrets
By Ana Brett

1. Trying to make your hair look "perfect" all day everyday is going against nature and will produce diminishing returns. I had heard so many good things about a popular hair product line from models and stylists I wondered why one of my colorists, whose salon stocked this particular line never used them on my hair, or recommended them. "They make your hair look good," she told me "but they don't do anything to actually build hair health."

The truth is hair product companies LOVE silicone. All the quick-fix hair product lines rely on this ingredient. Cones are cheap and they deliver instant results. Whats not to love? Women use them and go, "Wow this works. My hair looks great." That's fine if you like an instant fix. I have learned to be patient with my hair and not want instant results. Nothing is for free. Silicone's coat the hair shaft and gives the appearance of healthy shine.

This is why, if you try to add nourishment or moisture to your hair after applying silicone, your organic products won't have any effect. You can only add more cones to cones. They do a great job of sealing out moisture to prevent frizz but they also seal out any healthy form of moisture from getting in to nourish hair. Silicone also builds up quickly and hair gets weighted down and lank. When that happens, the only type of shampoo that can remove them is a sulfate rich one. Sulfates strip the hair and dry it out. Now your hair is a dry frizzy mess so you reach for more cones and start the cycle over again.

Please note that If you are ready to give up silicone you will need to re-balance your hair, i.e., remove all silicone before your healthy products can have a good effect. A very effective silicone remover that may be in your kitchen cabinet right now is apple cider or white vinegar (about 1 Tbls. to 1 cup of water). Be patient with the process as your hair readjusts to your natural products and soon your hair shine will be the real deal and not a chemical overlay!

2. Want to avoid frizz, broken hair, and sleep creases? Get yourself a real silk pillowcase. Not satin-100% pure silk. Silk breathes satin does not and no self respecting Kundalini Yogi wants to sleep with a non-breather! I have used silk pillowcases for years and am completely IN LOVE! To prolong the life of your pillowcase wash it in cool water with gentle soap. Trust me, I used to throw mine in the wash with warm water and detergent. It completely disintegrated. In fact silk pillowcases and our hair have a lot in common they both like cool, even cold, water and gentle non-sulphate sudsing. Treat them the same.

3. Finish with a cold rinse. If you color treat your hair cool/cold water will keep your color fresh. Cold water also closes the cuticles of our hair the same way cold water closes the pores in our skin. When the cuticle lies flat, hair appears softer, shinier, and sleeker. Closing pores and cuticles also helps to protect hair and skin and helps them do what they naturally do, act as a barrier to harmful substances that can sensitize. Unfiltered shower water is full of chlorine and other chemicals which are more readily absorbed when pores and cuticles are open to it. Another reason to plunge into the Kundalini Yoga Cold Shower lifestyle!

4. Invest in a shower filter. Did you know that there is usually more chlorine in our tap water than it takes to clean a swimming pool? Chlorine shoplifts radiance from our hair (and skin!) leaving it dry and dull.

5. Do a weekly mask with a silicone free, moisturizing hair mask (or something from your kitchen!). Put on your mask and cover it with a shower cap and a warm towel or wrap it in an old tee and do some fire breathing to heat things up!

6. Forget drying with your bath towel - they don't do a great job with drying and worse...they can make hair frizz. Instead, dry your hair with paper towels, specifically, the non bleached organic ones from your health food store. Squeeze your hair with the paper towel from roots to tips to get all the moisture out that you can. This will help hair dry sleeker and shorten drying time if you use heat styling.

7. After washing, comb gently from the ends up with a wide tooth comb. Yogi Bhajan suggested we use a wooden comb. Or try a Tangle Teezer (pictured above), I love the Tangle Teezer because it has more give. Never ever pull or stretch wet hair. Its too vulnerable and pliable when damp and this can seriously weaken your hair.

8. Be willing to let your hair dry naturally. C'mon you know you want to! Save all that arm work and torched shoulders for your Kundalini Yoga practice! To air dry: once you paper towel dry your hair apply some nice moisturizing silicone free serum or even a little organic oil through the ends. And then don't touch it again! Let it dry and it will be smooth and frizz free. Or, you can sleeken any left-over stubborn frizz with a little more of your oil used very sparingly. Note: Yogi Bhajan said the best thing for your hair is to dry it in the sun (don't forget sun screen!).

9. Change your part every so often or every day. Change the placement of your ponies. It's not only fun to experiment with different looks but its less wear and tear on your hair. I love the Twist Band hair ties because they're so gentle on hair. Doing yoga? Tie it up in a topknot! Yogis do this to draw energy up to meet the incoming cosmic inflow. Its a matching grant magnified!

10. Eat your way to a radiant head of hair. Hair loves protein! Nuts and seeds are a good source of protein. Hair also loves healthy fats i.e., avocados and olive oil, etc. Another thing hair relies on is iron so be sure you have enough of that in your diet (please be careful supplementing iron - you don't want to take more than you need!). MSM, silica, lecithin, and biotin are popular and effective hair helpers. Many people swear by the supplement called Viviscal. It never did anything for my hair but if it worked for you, or something else did, I would love to hear about it!

11. Navel Power helps to keep gray at bay! Navel Power represents our regenerative capacity. I have often been amazed that Ravi has hardly any gray hair and I am sure its his long term So Darshan Chakra Kriya practice that is his secret!

Ana's Favorite Hair Products

Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme (Palm Oil): Smells fabulous and just a little dab on dry hair and I have model off duty hair - seriously! Her stuff isn't cheap but one bottle lasts me more than a year-and you need such a little bit. Its also a great pre-shampoo treatment. And just a little bit adds shine and sleekness to dry hair. Another way to use it is to add a drop to any hair mask to up moisturizing power.

Bryan Thomson DiPalma Hair Products. 100% organic. Sulfate & silicone free. I feel so comforted and nurtured when I use these products. Bryan is a hair color/herbalist genius and his commitment to purity ensures us that his products are of the highest quality. When it comes to hair Bryan (who is a fellow Aussie) really has our back. His products are Australian for nourishing hair care! You can even use his new children's shampoo as a gentle face wash!

Coconut Oil: It took me awhile to come around to coconut oil. I don't like smelling like butter. But, I have to admit when hair crisis strikes and its feeling brittle - it totally works!

Jojoba: This is technically not an oil-but an ester. I search this out in hair product labels (Bryan uses this one a lot in his products). It is super moisturizing but light at the same time and mimics closely our own natural oils. Starting in my teens it was the the first beauty ingredient that I noticed really made a remarkable difference for my hair. It gives me bouncy, shiny radiant hair every time I get near it! --

Points To Ponder

"I will tell you about yoga in very simple terms.
The human mind is potentially Infinite and Creative.
But in practical reality it is limited. So a technical
know-how is required through which one can expand
his mind to bring about the equilibrium that enables him to
control his physical structure and experience his Infinite Self."


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