yogic reasons to wear white after labour day



salimah wearing white - yoga pose

Somewhere amidst beach bonfires and waterskiing, September crept up on us. As we fall back in love with crisp morning runs and pumpkin spice lattes, ambassador Salimah Kassim-Lakha, shares why she believes we may not want to put away our white wardrobe just yet.

A few years ago I had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama at the Rogers’ Centre in Toronto. When he walked into the stadium, I immediately felt the physical impact of his presence.  It was enough to throw me back in my seat even though he was hundreds of feet away.  That feeling has stayed with me ever since.

the power of your aura

That sensation when someone walks into a room and immediately lights it up, is the power of their aura.  Your aura has the ability to uplift everyone around you without the use of spoken words. Wearing white is one technique that can strengthen your aura and maximize the power of your presence.

kundalini dress code

Wearing white is embedded deep into the roots of practicing Kundalini yoga. As a teacher, one of the first questions my students ask me is “why do you wear white when you teach?” I tell them I wear white because I believe it holds the space for higher consciousness and creates a powerful presence in my class.

white is the new black

1. wear white to yoga. White is the union of all colours. When you wear white to a yoga class, your brightness elevates others and adds to the sacredness of the practice. Swap out your basic black for white – even just a headband or a shawl.  When you choose consciously others will notice.

2. home teams wear white. For years competitive sports teams have been using this subtle and exact science to influence the home team advantage.  Both baseball and basketball teams use their white uniforms at home games to subconsciously send a signal of success and stay cool under pressure.  Wear white on your next race day and let us know what happens.

Ever worn black to be taken more seriously or had to mentally prepare yourself for a day of wearing red? What affects do wearing certain colours have on you?

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I’d never really thought about it before, but I do have a favorite bright yellow cardigan that I wear when I want to cheer myself up. I wonder if wearing bright colors during the winter was the norm if we’d have a lot less seasonal affective disorders. What you wear really can affect your mood and the mood of those around you. Maybe I’ll have to go pick up a white tank to add to my regular yoga clothes rotation :)

Comment by Beth — September 13, 2011 @ 9:45 am


Great post – I love wearing white, and I hate the rule of not wearing it after Labour Day since it’s my favourite colour to wear. Even my car is white. It’s hard to describe, just makes me feel happier, uplifted, optimistic, youthful. Maybe my aura comes through when I wear it, who knows :)

I wear black when I want to be taken seriously, but also when I don’t want to stand out. When I’m feeling low on confidence it’s the right colour for just melting into the crowd. But that’s not a good thing in my books…would rather feel expressive not passive.

Thanks for giving me a solid argument for wearing white all year long!

Comment by Kristina — September 13, 2011 @ 11:19 am


hey all,
yes! wearing white is fabulous for many reasons. Spiritually – people around you respond with openess because white reflects highest consciousness. And really – everything goes with white. It is cooling and reflecting and stands out where ever you are. Deck yourself out in all white and let us know what happens. with love, salimah

Comment by salimah — September 13, 2011 @ 3:31 pm


I remember seeing the Dalai Lama at he Roger’s Centre and it was also a spiritual feeling to see such a graceful person. I like white too – a color of “all seasons” Keep up the good work Salimah. Proud of you.

Comment by a kassim-lakha — September 14, 2011 @ 1:27 pm


Well I wore a white skirt yesterday and a white sweater today!
White “sweaters” are made so that we CAN wear white all year long. Vote for White!:)

Comment by naaz — September 14, 2011 @ 4:28 pm


I wear a yellow shirt (I have 4 of them!) every Friday. It is a signal to those with whom I work that the weekend beckons. That little bit of sunshine to brighten the social mood. Over the past 6 or 7 years it has made a fun and constructive difference to the moods of the people I work with. And it costs nothing – grins

Comment by Paul Nielsen — October 27, 2011 @ 8:25 am


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