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The Kundalini Yoga Guide to Yoga Clothes

When you think of yoga clothes you may or may not think of clothing that is suitable for Kundalini yoga.  It's a bit of a different breed.  While a skimpy, strappy outfit is perfect for the sweaty studios of Bikram yoga, you'll feel out of place in a Kundalini yoga class if what you're wearing resembles a bikini. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness, so its important to be aware of what you're wearing! Finding Kundalini yoga clothing can be a challenge, but Spirit Voyage carries the largest selection on the web!

Kundalini yoga clothes follow these three principles: white natural fiber, modest, and easy to move in.  It is also recommended to cover the head in white.  The teachings of Yogi Bhajan include clothing and dress.  The white is used because it reflects and radiates light.  This helps expand the aura.  It is said that the aura grows three feet just by wearing white clothes.  Natural fibers allow energy to flow smoothly without blockages, and wearing clothes that moves easily is important for more vigorous kriya that require a large degree of range of motion.  The reason Kundalini yoga clothes are generally modest has to do with a high value given to grace and maintaining a strong and regal 10th body (one of the 10 bodies of consciousness in Kundalini yoga theory.)  "Modest" means something different to everyone, so its important to set your own barometer as to what modesty means for you.  A good general rule of thumb?  Just make sure your white clothes aren't entirely see through or wear an additional layer underneath them!

 

Kundalini yoga clothing

Tops

There are many styles of tops to choose from in Kundalini yoga.  Here are a few to consider:

Kurta

A kurta is a traditional Indian style of top.  It is generally longer than an average shirt, hanging down to the thighs.  This style of top is especially useful for Kundalini yoga teachers and students who want to be able to demonstrate or do poses without exposing their midsections.  It's also one of the most versatile of all Kundalini yoga styles, as it can be worn "out on the town" for a more dressed up look.  Ideal for teachers, students, and White Tantric Yoga.

Blouse

Many who do Kundalini yoga don't like to have their arms covered by long sleeves, preferring to have their arms exposed for convenience during energizing arm movements during kriya.  A short-sleeved blouse is a perfect way to get versatility from your yoga clothing.  This top can be used during yoga class and strolling through the park on a weekend.  Perfect for students, workshops and a sacred chant concert.

 

Hoodies

Hoodies are perfect for the more casual yogini and are a fashionable trend with the younger crowd. Wearing a hoody is both comfortable and functional, giving you a wide range of motion.  Great for younger yogis and casual students.  You might want to take your hoody off during class (the hood might pop up and hit your head during frogs for example) and put it back on after you sweat for warmth during savasana or a cup of after class Yogi Tea.

Pants

Capri Yoga Pants

Comfortable and cool, you can wear any style of capri yoga pants that are comfortable.  Capri yoga pants look as nice with tee shirts as they do with kurtas and are a very versatile pant to keep in your closet.  If comfort and ease appeals to you, this is your yoga pant.

The Classic Yoga Pant

Straight forward and always perfect to throw on before class or your own meditation. The classic long yoga pant in white is a comfortable must for a Kundalini yogi.  The best thing for when you're sitting in meditation for 62 minutes or when you're running around after little yogis.  Worried about whether white pants make you look "fat" (we don't believe in saying these things to ourselves, but alas...it happens)?  Pair them with a long white kurta for a flattering look!

Churidar style leggings

Churidars are a legging that generally scrunch up at the bottom, giving them a cute ruffle.  They look great under long kurtas or pair with a cute tee.

Genie Pants

They are cute, fun and perfect for living your yoga on the mat and into the world.

Headcovers

Covering your head during Kundalini yoga helps prevent headaches and makes it easier to meditate deeply.  For some activities, like White Tantric Yoga, it is required.  For others, like teaching, it is strongly encouraged.  Covering the head is a hallmark of Kundalini yoga.

Chuni

The chuni is a light, silky covering that covers the head and shoulders.  It can be used to wrap the hair or simply drape over the head.  Feel graceful and divine!

Bandanas

Covering the head with a bandana is a simple alternative to a turban.

Men's Kundalini Yoga Clothes

Pants

Simple yoga pants are a favorite among Kundalini yogis.

Shirts

Men do well with white tee-shirts or white kurtas (either short or long).

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Ramdesh Kaur, MA, is an IKYTA Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained by Gurmukh. She is the Director of Marketing for Spirit Voyage and writes extensively on yoga, spirituality and mantra. She hosts the show "Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh" on Unity FM, one of the Top 100 Itunes Podcasts, and leads Spirit Voyage's 40 Day Global Sadhanas, which bring together 20,000 meditators from 65 countries. Before working with Spirit Voyage, she was the residential Kundalini yoga teacher at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India in the Himalyan foothills, and has a Master's Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London. She is the author of "Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart" with Karan Khalsa and has two best selling guided meditation CDs "Journey into Stillness" and "Relaxation Meditations", all available on www.spiritvoyage.com. She teaches at festivals internationally and leads retreats in Mexico with her partner Harnam Singh, an accomplished mantra musician. www.ramdeshkaur.com

3 responses to “The Kundalini Yoga Guide to Yoga Clothes”

  1. Barbara Palansky

    I was wondering if anyone sews their own Kundalini wear? I go beyond the “standard sizes” and would like to make my own so they fit well :) Sat Nam!

  2. Ramjeet Kaur

    Ramdesh, Sat Nam, I wondered how and where I can find some Churidar style Leggings and Genie Pants. I will be graduating from my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program on 5/21 (in NYC) and that would look great. Any info re: website, etc. would be great and much appreciated. Sat Nam and blessings, Ramjeet.

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