Continuing our series of posts on the Kundalini Yoga universe – sharing with you yogic lifestyle teachings special to the practice of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan – this month we look at the practice of wearing white and other practical helpers to strengthen the effects of your practice.
We live in a material world and how we dress and the choices we make about our physical environment both express who we feel ourselves to be and in turn impact how we feel. In Kundalini Yoga there are some strong and very practical ways to help you get in touch and stay in touch with your true and natural self.
1. Wearing white
Of course it’s not necessary to wear white to practice Kundalini Yoga, but it is in fact recommended. Before light hits the earth’s atmosphere and is refracted into the 7 rays of colour, it is white. So it this way white contains all the colours. Kundalini Yoga is all about experiencing the original you – the purity of your essence. And so wearing white is helpful to connect with this purity and originality of your Self. It helps connect you with your limitlessness. Yogi Bhajan taught that wearing white expands your aura by up to 7 feet. Just by putting it on! Try it. Shower and put on white clothes and experience the effect.
2. Natural fibres
Connected to this practice is the suggestion to wear natural fibres. You’ll notice that synthetic fabrics carry their own charge, like a static. All living beings and entities have their own electro-magnetic field, as does the earth. We are poled and we charge and discharge. To take out the random effect of magnetising and charging that comes from man-made fibres, wear only natural fibres and explore the difference. Similar to the practice of wearing white, wearing only natural fibres puts you subtly in touch with your original state. It brings you to neutral, which means you are more able to feel you self, as you naturally are. It runs along the same lines as eating as wholesome, unprocessed food as you can. So the recommendation is, especially when doing yoga and meditation, to wear cotton, wool, silk, hemp or other natural fibre.
You will have seen your teacher sitting on a sheep skin to teach? Another element of yogic lifestyle. Sheepskins are said to neutralise the electromagnetic charge of the earth. It’s a kind of insulation. Insulate yourself so as to feel your self neutrally and naturally. Plus, a sheepskin is very cozy and provides nice padding for some of the exercises which would otherwise be uncomfortable, like rolling up and down on the spine. Your sheepskin also accumulates the energy of your practice, so that it even sitting on it changes your state for the better. It can even become a home away from home. You may quickly get to the point where you say, wherever I lay my sheepskin, that’s my home!
4. Head covering
And finally the head covering. There are several reasons for wearing something to cover your head while practising. This could be a scarf wrapped around your head, a cotton or wool beanie or hat or a turban. There are lots of way to cover your head. The main thing is that the crown of the head is covered. The practice of Kundalini Yoga aims to bring the energy of your soul self into flow, through your entire being.
That energy then, your energy, is contained and circulated, for healing, for raising awareness and for clearing energetic blockages. BY covering the crown the energy is encouraged to cycle back down through your body, creating a continuous, self-nourishing flow. It’s all about containment and stability. Not about popping out the crown chakra into the higher realms. Hence the head cover. If you tie it firmer you will also experience a gentle compression in the bone plates of your skull.
For some people this firmness gives a sense of containment and coziness that they perhaps didn’t even know they were needing. It can also very directly and tangibly help you to keep your head together – to feel focussed and clear.
While none of these things are essential to Kundalini Yoga practice, they all have their reasons and wisdom. As you go along with your practice you may naturally feel attracted to trying them out. We say in Kundalini Yoga that first is the experience. So with this – have an experience of it and decide for yourself. If you have questions, ask your teacher about their own experience and understanding. Or write us a mail at Kundalini Yoga WA. We’re happy to help.