What does Namaste mean?
- a respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.
- another term for namaskar.
Namaste is generally the first and last greeting you hear shared in a Yoga class.
It’s the common form of greeting in many south Asian and Hindu cultures and countries such as Nepal, and India – the birthplace of Yoga.
Often accompanied by a slight bow, and hand gesture, anjali mudra, where hands are brought together in a prayer like position in front of the heart, to symbolise heart connection, honouring, worshiping, prayer, balance, union of dual nature, humility and internal focus
On a very simple level, namaste is a greeting – a gesture of acknowledgement and way of saying “hello”.
On a deeper more esoteric level, Namaste is a deep recognition of the interconnected nature of being human.
One translation I’ve heard that resonates with me personally, is that
“The light in me, see’s the light in you, and I know that we are One”.
In fact, you can replace the word light with any human quality:
The fear in me, see’s the fear in you and I know that we are one.
The frustration in me, see’s the frustration in you and I know that we are one.
The loneliness in me, see’s the loneliness in you and I know that we are one.
The joy in me, see’s the joy in you and I know that we are one…
In Yoga, as in many other cultures, for example, the mayan culture of the Americas who greet each other with the words – “in lakesh” – translated as I am another yourself,
the main objective is to remember that we are all related, all interconnected, and intrinsically interwoven together in the greater fabric of life.
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