The Meaning of “Namaste”

You hear Namaste a lot in yoga class such as your yoga teacher conclude every practice by saying “Namaste”. So what does the Sanskrit word really mean?

The gesture Namaste imply the belief about a Divine force lives within each of us in the heart chakra. The gesture is a way of acknowledgment the soul in one people by the soul in another.

Definition of Namaste

The word “Nama” means bow, and the word “te” means you. Therefore, the word namaste combine literally means “bow me you” or can be translated to “I bow to you.”

Namaste Gesture

To perform Namaste, yogis place both hands together at the heart or in front of the third eye then bringing the hands down to the heart while, shut the eyes, and bow the head down. 

This is an especially sincere form of respect. Although in some region of the world, the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture. In India, the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is not necessary to say the word while bowing.

Placing the hands together at the heart chakra to ignite the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and shutting the eyes helps the mind surrender and focus to the Divine in the heart. People can do Namaste as a meditation technique to dive deeper inside the heart chakra; or practice with someone else, as a form of meditation.

For a teacher and student, Namaste brings two individuals together energetically to connect and to free from the bonds of ego. If it is practiced with deep feeling of gratitude in the heart and with the mind and spirits united.

There are various ways to incorporate Namaste into your yoga practice. 

Ideally, Namaste should be practice both at the beginning and at the end of class when the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful