What does Namaste mean in Yoga

The literal translation of namaste (pronounced nah-mah-stay) is "I bow down to you." Name means "reverence", tea means "for you" and the "s" connects the words. It is used as a polite greeting and also as a means of saying "thank you."

In yoga classes, it is traditional for teachers and students to exchange namastes at the end of class as a gesture of mutual respect.

Namaste in Yoga

In India, the Sanskrit greeting namaste and its variant namaskar (Hindi means "I bow to the light in you") are used in daily conversation. People usually greet each other that way on the street. They usually do this with the palms of the hands together over the heart, accompanied by a brief nod.

In the west, namaste is often used in yoga settings to indicate appreciation and appreciation. At the end of a yoga class, the teacher usually leads the class into a sitting position after the savasana. This is sometimes used as a time for a brief satsang (teaching) or meditation, depending on the type of yoga involved.

Traditional closure of a yoga practice

After class is formally closed, usually with the group singing three or more in unison, the teacher will say "namaste" and bow to the students. They respond in the same way, bowing the head with the palms of the hands pressed in the Anjali mudra on the heart or the third eye (middle of the forehead).

Sometimes everyone will continue the bow, leaning forward from a cross-legged position until their hands or foreheads touch the ground. Bowing down indicates a deep appreciation for the teacher. (Doing this is a matter of personal preference; it will not offend anyone if you choose not to bend over or cannot lean back to the ground.)

Teaching each other

Your teacher may choose to develop the basic meaning of namaste a bit. This includes such sayings as "the light in me honors the light in you" or "the teacher in me bows down to the teacher in you."

This type of extended interpretation recognizes that while you learned from the teacher, he also learned something from spending time with you. It also suggests that since learning and wisdom are exchanged between everyone in practice, you are also your own teacher.

Meaning of Anjali Mudra, the prayer position

Although Anjali mudra is the position you should take when saying "namaste", the intention to put your hands together should not be construed as a form of prayer. The misunderstanding stems from the fact that Anjali mudra is typically described in the West as the "prayer pose".

It is important to understand, however, that although the gesture is one that we associate with Christian, Hindu, and other religious practices, it does not have the same meaning in yogic practices.

Anjali in Sanskrit simply means "offering" or "greeting", while mudra means "seal". As such, the pose is intended to symbolize the homage and celebration of this moment.

Yoga is not a religion, and Anjali mudra should not be viewed as the worship of any divine being. Modern yoga practice is completely secular in nature. In essence, there is the practice of mutual respect and respect for oneself and the body.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about the Meaning of Namaste in Yoga

Source: Yogi Times


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