As you know one of my greatest loves and passions is Kundalini yoga!
I’m so passionate about this practice that I even decided to take up teacher training this year (which I’m right in the middle of as I speak) which I’m finding so transformational on every level! I spoke here about a rebirth I’m going through right now which I credit to this wonderful practice. If you are curious to learn more about this practice, check out a blog post here that I did a couple of months back explaining in greater detail.
Kundalini – Why Wear White?
Something I get asked quite often is ”Why do those who practice kundalini wear white?”. You know, I too use to have this very question when I started practicing. I’d show up to class and most of the room would be wearing white. I thought to myself ”how nice” and always felt that it symbolized purity and so I resisted against wearing white for so long as I sure as heck wasn’t feeling very pure! Its funny the stories that we create in our minds!
It wasn’t until I started my teacher training in March when it was explained to us in detail that I truly understood the meaning behind it.
Little did I know there was a whole science behind wearing white. Yogi Bhajan taught us that wearing white expands our auric radiance by at least one foot. Every human has a nine foot aura around them – this is also known as our electromagnetic field.
Kundalini Yoga works intensely to bring balance and strength to our entire energetic system as well as our aura. When we have a strong aura this gives us a strong and solid identity and projection, and negative influences are automatically filtered. We also feel strong, healthy and vibrant.
When our aura is weak, we seem vulnerable to everything around us like germs, attitudes, emotions and we feel sickly, withered, dreary and pale. It is with our aura that we can exemplify the greatest human skill of radiance. When we have a strong aura this automatically uplifts and improves the workings of all our other chakras.
Yogi Bhajan also said wearing white is an exercise in awareness, as it takes more consciousness and care to keep white clothes clean.
Yogi Bhajan on Wearing White
[From Beads of Truth, Spring 1981]
We adopted this color because of our background and to support our development. We ask you to wear white so that you will reflect what is outside and go within yourself—that’s what white clothes can do for you.
When you are totally dressed in white, the entire face reflects it, and then it is very difficult to become intimate. Wearing white demands that the other person deal with you on a higher level, because that person has to concentrate himself in order to advance.
The most difficult thing on this planet is to wear white top to bottom; but it is also the greatest therapy. Some people think we are laying a trip. We are not laying a trip on anyone. We wear yellow. We wear blue. We know these colors, and we know their reaction. Sit in your own living room with a yellow house turban on—and then a white house turban. You will find the difference. Colors create an uncontrollable action in your subconscious mind of inspiration, productivity and expansion. Colors have an excessive effect on consciousness.
We wanted to develop a very fast, progressive, spiritual and technical method of all the colors, so we have adopted the one color of the seven colors, which is white. To you, white is just one color, but to me it is the total balance of seven colors.
[Summer 1975, published in I Am a Woman, p. 156.]
From the Master’s Touch, page 27, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, talked about the 16 Facets of Perfection of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher. “12. A Teacher wears white cotton clothing while teaching. White clothing makes you as a teacher look divine and represent light. The color white presents the seven colors. Cotton is the flower of the Earth. It is good for your psyche, for your energy, and for your nervous system. Your way of dressing should be saintly and make you glow with grace. You should look like a sage and a price or princess of peace and divinity. A Teacher is a Ph.D.- Prince or Princess of High Divinity.”
It’s only been a couple of weeks now since I’ve dabbled with wearing white and I have to admit I love it. I feel more attentive, vigilant, spirited and ready to take on the world, and most of all ready to serve. Kundalini Yoga is not just a school of yoga, it is a lifestyle, a recipe to how to live a joyous and healthy life.
I even now find myself wearing and buying more white clothing (even when I’m not practicing kundalini).
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. What do you experience when you wear white practicing Kundalini? Does it make you feel different in any way?
Love and Light,
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