What is Namaste? Everything you need to know about Namaste

What is Namaste?

Most yoga professors end their classes by saying “Namaste”. However, many of them don’t take the time to explain to their students the meaning of this word. In reality, Namaste isn’t only a word, but also a gesture. It represents the belief that, in each and every one of us, there is a divine light that is located in our heart chakra. And the movement that goes with the word Namaste is used to show that our soul has recognized and noticed the soul of the person standing in front of us.

Namaste is really made out of three different Sanskrit words: “namah”, which means “to bow”, “as”, meaning “I” and “te”, which means “you”. Thus, the word Namaste translates literally to “I bow to you”.

How do you do the Namaste gesture?

When you bring your hands in front of your heart chakra, the purpose is to strengthen the flow of divine love. Bowing down your head while closing your eyes makes our spirit disappear for a few seconds, which allows the manifestation of the divine light that resides in our hearts. Theoretically, you could use the Namaste gesture as a meditation technique allowing you to have a more in depth exploration of your heart chakra. If you decide to meditate in this position with another person, it can be a beautiful meditation session, full of symbolic meaning, thus creating a powerful connection between the two of you. Additionally, this exercise doesn’t take a lot of time, and it allows for people to have a short yet intense meditation session during a busy day.

Whether it is done by a teacher or a student, the Namaste gesture is supposed to help to people create a connection. It is meant to create a fusion of their two energies for a short instant, in a moment where time and space don’t exist and the individuals have freed themselves from their egos. It’s a gesture that is supposed to be made with an open heart and a peaceful mind to allow the union of the two souls.

 

When are you supposed to make the Namaste gesture?

Ideally, the gesture should be made at the beginning and end of every yoga class. However, it is generally done only at the end, when the mind is relaxed and calm, and thus it has placed itself in the background. Indeed, the energy in the room at the end of the session is always calmer. It is often the teacher that does the gesture first, to show their thankfulness and respect for his students, as well as for the people that taught them everything they know. When their students do the gesture back, it is their turn not only to show their gratitude to their teacher, but also to reflect on their ancestors and the people that have led them to where they are now, in order to let Truth invade their bodies and minds. This Truth is the one that dictates that we are all one entity once we learn to live by listening to our hearts.

 

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