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5 Kundalini-Inspired Ways to Wear White

Ever wonder why everyone wears white in Kundalini classes? Learn how it just might lighten your soul no matter what style you practice.

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Ever wonder why everyone wears white in Kundalini classes? Learn how it just might lighten your soul no matter what style you practice.

Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga, believed colors have an effect on consciousness. And since white as a prism is a balance of all colors, it has a unique impact on the conscious and subconscious minds.

“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.” —Yogi Bhajan, 1975

He taught his students that wearing all white clothing expands one’s auric radiance by at least one foot. This is believed to strengthen one’s identity and serve as a filter for negative influences from the surrounding world.

Wearing white is also a meditation in itself, as it takes more mindfulness and care to keep white clothes clean. As he once stated: “The most difficult thing on this planet is to wear white from top to bottom; white, it is the greatest therapy.” So whatever kind of yoga you practice, consider taking a cue from Kundalini and trading your standard-issue black leggings for something lighter. Here are a few ideas.

5 Ways to Wear White Yoga Clothes

Long-Sleeved Peasant Tops or Tunics

Yogi Bhajan encouraged his students to wear clothes that were modest, graceful, comfortable, and allowed freedom of movement. Today, many Kundalini yogis wear kurtas—traditional Indian-style blouses—or long peasant-style tops to move in and out of poses without exposing their midsections. Spirit Voyage’s Parvati Peasant Top is a perfect example of a simple yet refined Kundalini Yoga shirt.

$55, spiritvoyage.com

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Turbans

Covering the head is a hallmark of Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan taught his students that tying hair on top of the head and covering it allows one to harness the inflow of energy, clear thoughts from the mind, and focus during yoga and meditation. Long Time Sun Apparel’s Modern Cotton Turban is a simpler substitute for a real turban, which can be quite a challenge to tie!

$28, longtimesunshineapparel.com

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Flowy Pants

Kundalini yogis wear white from head to toe. That means comfortable white pants are a must, especially when sitting in meditation—at times for up to 62 minutes! The Om Collection’s 3 Tier Flow Pants are form fitting but modest, with multiple layers that prevent any chance of being see-through.

$139, theomcollection.com

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Elegant White Tops

Yogi Bhajan came to the United States from traditional India, a matriarchal society where women were worshipped as goddesses and mothers were considered their children’s first teacher. He kept this sacred view of women throughout his teachings. Aryasense’s White Bat Top is elegant yet relaxed, with room for full range of arm motion.

$56, etsy.com

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Harem Pants

Flexible, comfortable, and modest, harem pants are a Kundalini yogi’s best friend. They leave room for your legs to move from full Lotus to backbend to Plow with ease. Harem pants’ fitted ankles also prevent them from sliding down in many Kundalini yoga exercises that require you to hold your legs up in the air. Try Spirit Voyage Yogi’s White Harem Pants.

$38, spiritvoyage.com

See also Q&A with Guru Jagat on Kundalini Yoga