What Does Namaste Mean?

By Kat Rodriguez on December 4, 2013 in Practice

What Does Namaste Mean

It was at the end of my first yoga class that I first heard a group simultaneously say “namaste”.  I loved the class but I wasn’t sure how I felt about the namaste part.  What did it mean and why was it said in unison?

The next few classes I opted to just do the little bow at the end of class.  It wasn’t until a teacher took a moment in class to explain what namaste meant that I got on board with saying the salutation.  As it turns out, namaste is simply a customary way to greet or part from someone in the Indian culture, much like the western handshake.  Namaste is derived from Sanskrit and literally translates to mean, “Salutations to you”.

‘Namah’ originates from the understanding that we are all part of the  One essence, “the divine in me honors the divine in you”.  It is easy to see the beauty in this salutation and the appropriateness of saying it to one another at the end of a  yoga class.



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