Question: – So, what does Namaste mean anyway?
My yoga teachers conclude every practice by saying “Namaste”, and I have always wanted to know what it really means.
The expression Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine flame within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The expression is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
Interpretation of Namaste:
Nama means bow, as means I and te mean you. Therefore, namaste precisely means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”
How to make the Namaste gesture:
To function Namaste, we place both hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing both hands together in front of the 3rd eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is a chiefly deep form of appreciation. Although in the West the word “namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the signature, in India, it is understood that the expression itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.
We lead the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes assists the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation approach to go deeper inside the heart chakra, when executed by someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.
For a student and teacher, Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of timelessness and connection, free from the bonds of psyche-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind abandonment, a deep union of spirits can blossom.
When to incorporate Namaste into your practice:
Ideally, Namaste should be done both at the end and at the beginning of class. Usually, it is done at the end of class because the mind is less alive and the energy in the room is more peaceful. The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of respect and gratitude toward her students and her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their clan, thereby allowing the truth to flow the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart.
Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh