Cultures from across the world have been covering their heads for practical reasons for thousands of years. In kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, turban technology is used adjust the bones in the skull and to contain psychic energy, focus the mind, and give you more access to your intuition.
A direct experience of something is really needed in order for many to adopt a practice like this into their lives. I'll admit, it could totally be psycho-somatic, but I do feel a sense grounded mental energy when I put my hair in a bun and wrap my head. My hair is wrapped when practicing yoga and meditation, and on days when I feel scattered I'll keep it on during the day and when I'm working in order to focus.
Another perk, wearing a head covering enables you to better command your sixth center, the Ajna Chakra, where the pituitary glad is located (you know, the one that governs the whole endocrine system). This is the seat of intuition in yogic science. And who doesn't want to be a little more intuitive, a little more understanding of the subtle energy around and within you?
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Question: Is it important to wear a head covering during sadhana?
Yogi Bhajan: During sadhana, be sure to cover your head with a non-static, natural cloth like cotton, and keep the hair up. The hair regulates the inflow of sun energy into the body system. To let the solar energy flow without obstruction, let the hair grow to its full natural length, and take good care of it. If this is done, the amount of energy that goes downward from the Seventh Chakra increases tremendously.
The kundalini energy is activated by the radiant force of the solar plexus and moves upward in response to the solar energy coming down. This balances the body energy and maninains the total equilibrium. If the hair is down, unkept, or uncovered so that it is electrically imbalanced, this natural process of raising the kundalini energy will be impeded.