So you went to your first yoga class…(we LOVE meeting all you new yogis. Makes our hearts so happy!) and the teacher ends class in a way that might throw you off. “Namaste”, they say, and then they might even bow towards you.
What on earth does that even mean and WHY did they use prayer hands?! Are they worshipping something? Why did they bow? WHAT DOES NAMASTE MEAN?!
Relax friends. No matter who you are, it is simply the most beautiful way we can appreciate the difference and the sameness that is each and every one of us humans. Not a form of worship. Not a prayer. It’s a statement of respect, a statement filled with open perspective and appreciation for all individuals. You can always choose to say or not say it <3
Before we break it down by definition, know this. Sanskrit (Indian language) can have many different interpretations as it is much more complex than english. Often you will hear a teacher say “The light in me honors and bows to the light in you. Namaste” to help clarify but here is a little more!
The Break Down
Google search defines it; “a traditional Indian greeting or gesture of respect, made by bringing the palms together before the face or chest and bowing.”
Urban Dictionary Defines it; “an ancient Sanskrit greeting still in everyday use in India and especially on the trail in the Nepal Himalaya. Translated roughly, it means "I bow to the God within you", or "The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you" - a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness.”
Merriam-Webster Defines It; “I bow to you — used as a respectful greeting in India”
Chantal Barton (Y+B Instructor and forever a student) says this: “I see you. I see you are human just like me. I know there is light in me and I likewise see the light that is you. I respect you for you.” Sometimes a “CHEERS” is thrown in there to ;)
A greeting. A respectful statement. A kind word. Take from this what you will <3 We see you and we LOVE having each of you in all of our classes. Cheers and Namaste, friends!