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Namaste, what does it mean and why do we say it?

Do you find yourself wondering what on earth Namaste means and why do we all say it at the end of each class? Or have you just gone along with it for so long that you now no longer question it, you just say it, nothing weird has happened to you so it must be ok?

If so then keep reading, I'm about to tell you what it means and why I end each class with it :)

I too was just like you for a long time and went along with it until one day I decided to do a little research and I'm so glad that I did, now it's time for me to share that with you.


Pronounced (NAH-mah-stay) is a word used by Hindi's and Yogis, it is a Sanskrit term which essentially boils down to 'I bow to you'. In Hinduism it translates to 'I bow to the divine in you'.

It is often used as a greeting and a way to say thank you in India and in most yoga classes.

There are a lot of different ways in which Namaste has been translated, here's a small list of meanings that others have taken from Namaste:

* I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells.

* I bow to the place in you that is love, light, and joy.

* When you and I bow to our true nature, we are one.

* My soul recognizes your soul.

* We are the same, we are one.

* I honor the place in you that is the same as it is in me.

My personal favorite and the one which holds great meaning and strength for me that I say at the end of each class with an open heart is 'The divine light within me, honors the divine light within you and within all other living beings, may you shine your beautiful light upon the world and may the world shine it's light upon you'.

It is a beautiful union of student, teacher and the class as a whole, it brings people together in a beautiful and intimate way.

By saying and truly meaning 'Namaste', you are acknowledging others for who they truly are in their most honest, raw and truest state. It is a way of honoring others and removing any judgement or ego, allowing all of our differences to no longer matter, to be irrelevant and fade away. There really is no singular word in the English language that encapsulates the meaning of Namaste which is one of the reasons Sanskrit is so special.

By coming up with your own meaning and holding it close to you each time you say Namaste you will find that the word has so much more meaning and power.

So next time you're in class and you hear or say namaste you will be able to feel its true meaning and power bringing you to a more heightened state of bliss.

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