Yoga and the Meaning of Namaste

Yoga and the Meaning of Namaste

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. This gesture acknowledges the soul within each person by acknowledging the soul of another. “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. You can also do this by placing your hands in front of the third eyes, bowing the head and then dropping the hands to the heart. This shows a deep respect. Although in the West the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.

To increase Divine love’s flow, we bring our hands together at the Heart Chakra. To surrender the Divine within the heart, the mind must bow and close the eyes. Namaste can be done to yourself to deepen the connection to your heart chakra. However, when performed with another person, it’s a lovely, but quick meditation.

Namaste can be used by both a student and a teacher to bring them together in an energetic way to reach a state of connection, timelessness, and freedom from ego-connection. Deep feeling of the heart, and the willingness to let go of the mind can create a strong union of the spirits.

Namaste can be performed at both the beginning and end of classes. It is usually done after class, when the mind and energy are less active. Namaste is initiated by the teacher as a sign of appreciation and respect for her students and teachers. She then invites her students to make connections with their lineage to allow truth to flow, to show that all people are one when they live from the heart.

©2008 Aadil Palkhivala

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