(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Namaste (Namah + te, Devanagari: नम:+ ते= नमस्ते) is derived from Sanskrit
Namaḥ means ‘bow’, ‘obeisance’, ‘reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’ and te means ‘to you’ Therefore, Namaste literally means “bowing to you”.
We have often heard Yoga teacher and those that practice YOGA uses this phase when they end the class? What does it really mean and is it something we should say to each other when we see each other?
NAMASTE can be taken in a different context as do most words. In a spiritual term, it means “I bow to you” which is what yogi do when they meet the YOGI master and GURU. Therefore, the term use – I bow in respect to you at your lotus feet.
As a normal term that we use daily, it’s is a greeting that literally means “Greeting and Salutation”. When we attend a YOGA class that we are in fact attending a stretching class, but we use the word YOGA loosely to mean the postures and exercise-related movements that we practice. To practice YOGA, it takes more than just being able to hold a certain pose or posture, it goes deeper, way deeper than that.
When we hear yoga teacher or friends say namaste, we should also take it with a pinch of salt and acknowledge it as just a greeting, a form of hello how do you do. In all honesty, it does make the class sound “more yoga” when the word namaste is mentioned.
To say or not should be left to the individual to decide. We do not control what others say, but we can control how we feel when it is being said. The word only means something when you give meaning to it. So Namaste all you want as long as you find that it makes you peaceful and happy saying it.
Love and Light to all that practice, Namaste.