The meaning of Namaste

Gentle Spirit Yoga the meaning of namaste

As our yoga class comes to an end, we sit together silently with our eyes closed and bring our hands to our heart in prayer position (Anjali mudra).

As I recite my favourite interpretation of Namaste, I feel moved by the meaning behind the spoken words. Together, we gently bow our head as we allow ‘Namaste’ to softly pass through our lips. I am so deeply moved by its divinity a lump forms in my throat and I have goose bumps on my arms. Such is the power of ‘Namaste.’

Through our practice together an energetic connection has been created between us. The gesture of Namaste is symbolic of our joining as individuals as ‘One’ on a spiritual level.

The Meaning of Namaste.

Namaste is Sanskrit, pronounced Nama-stay.

‘Nama’ means ‘bow,’ ‘as’ means ‘I’ and ‘te’ means ‘you.’ The meaning of Namaste is ‘I bow to you.’

We gesture by placing our hands at our hearts space (Anahata Chakra) to signify ‘Divine Love.’ We bow and close our eyes as an act of surrender to the Divine. This becomes a joining together energetically to create a spiritual connection free from ego. Namaste is always spoken from your heart to the heart of another as a symbol of respect and gratitude honouring the union of Spirit.

There are many variations on the interpretation.

‘The divine in me honours the divine in you.’

‘The divine in me bows to the divine in you.’

‘I bow to the divine in you.’

Below is the one I recite at the end of each yoga class and is my absolute favourite.

‘My Soul honours your Soul. I honour the place in you where the entire Universe resides. I honour 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.’

Deeper Connection.

When I recite my favourite interpretation, I can feel my connection to the Divine. It declares the honouring of one Soul to another, beyond the ego. All boundaries and walls are removed through acknowledging that we are not separate, as we might fear but actually a part of the whole. We are connected to everything around us and therefore united as one.

For me, it’s the realisation that we are never alone as we always have that deeper connection to each other through Spirit. It is through the surrendering of the ego that life stops feeling so lonely or small. When we honour that connection between us we realise that we are a part of something much bigger than we could ever imagine. So when we look into the eyes of another, we see ourselves. We are honouring Soul to Soul, we are united recognising we are the same. We are ‘One.’

Personal Practice.

Bring your hands to your heart in prayer position (Anjali mudra). With an open and loving heart read one of the interpretations. End the reading with ‘Namaste’ directed toward your own Soul as you honour the Divine Spirit within you.

Namaste beautiful Souls xo


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