I’ve heard this word said, and said ‘namaste’ myself, in every yoga class I’ve done over the years, yet I’ve never known what it actually meant. I thought maybe it showed appreciation, kind of like “thanks”.
I’m a big believer in the power of words, and that that power comes from knowing the meaning of those words.
I try to be very sincere in my use of language, and I believe to be sincere I need to understand what it is I am saying.
So, I Googled ‘what does namaste’ mean and this is what I found out.
Literally translated, namaste means ‘I bow to you’ (with respect and admiration).
In Hindu culture it means “the divine in me bows to the divine in you”.
Heart centres and chakras are said to connect, and an auric field of positive spiritual power and bliss is created which passes positive energy and vibrations on to the person receiving the gesture.
I loooove this!!
Namaste honours the individual graced by your presence and is also used to seek forgiveness.
When namaste is said at the end of yoga classes, is a way of showing gratitude to your teacher and that you will take what you have learnt on the mat and share it with the world.
So, it seems namaste is quite a powerful word of connection, gratitude, honour, and spiritual energy.
I just love that one word can convey such beautiful sentiments and deep respect for a another on a spiritual level.
And, now that I know what it means, I can say it with much more depth and sincerity, and hopefully really share positive, spiritual energy with another.
Maybe now you know it’s true meaning, you’ll also be able to do the same each time you say