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Namaste – Tips to Improve your Life

June 5, 2016

 

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I love to end my yoga classes by saying Namaste.  We hold our hands in front of our heart chakra, or move them from our third eye to our heart, and then bow our heads as we say the Sanskrit greeting Namaste.  To find the literal meaning of Namaste, the word needs to be broken down into 3 parts.  Nama means ‘bow’, as means ‘I’ and te means ‘you”.  I bow to you.

Below are some translations for the word Namaste which are in general use:

  • The divine in me bows to the divine in you.
    It is an expression of gratitude and equality. In yoga it is good to use it to honour the teacher, ourselves
  • The highest in me recognises the highest in you.
    It is wonderful to consider the best and highest in each other.  It encourages less judgement and more compassion. It also enables us to consider the bigger picture when difficulties arise.
  • My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.
    This is my favorite interpretation.  It acknowledges that my spirit and your spirit are one.  It also encourages us to treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
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