Namaste

Namaste, commonly said at the end of the yoga class by the teacher and students. The teacher would say something like, “Thank you for coming to the class today, Namaste.” He/She would put both palms together, placing them at the heart centre and bow his/her head to the direction of the class. The students would also do the same.

Namaste is the Indian way of greeting each other. Wherever they are on the street, in the house, in public transport, on vacation or on the phone and when Hindus meet people they know or strangers with whom they want to initiate a conversation, namaste is the customary courtesy greeting to begin with and often to end with. When people greet one another with namaste, it means, ‘may our minds meet’, indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect and humility.

In relation to Yoga, the teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward his/her students and his/her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage, thereby allowing the truth to flow—the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart. Usually, it is done at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful.

It consists of placing the hands together at the heart chakra (or the chest) with the fingers pointed upwards, closing the eyes, and then bowing the head. There are other ways to perform this as well which is by placing both hands together in front of the third eye, then bowing the head, bringing both hands down to the heart.

Namaste….