How many times you heard the word Namaste during your yoga practice?
If you have been to a yoga class, you may have heard your teacher saying Namaste commonly by the end of the class. Maybe you even repeated the same word before leaving the room without even knowing the meaning of it. At least this happened to me.
For several classes, I listened to my instructor ending the class with this word which I thought it was a kind way of telling us good-bye. But one day, I found myself answering back with Namaste. In that moment, I wondered: "What am I saying? I do not even know the meaning of this word and I am repeating it as if it was my first language".
After that day, I read more about its origin and I learned that Namaste is widely used in Asia. It is basically a respectful way of greeting, acknowledging or welcoming somebody. It is also used to express gratitude and to thank somebody.
Yoga does not follow any religion but it respects and enlightens YOU. The good inside each of us, the altruistic and the one that finds inner peace even on this chaotic, stressful and always-on life, we live in.
Namaste means "I bow to the divine in you"
Now that I know its meaning, I consciously greet my instructors and students back. Knowing that the beauty inside me is exactly the beauty inside them. We don't always see it, but during yoga practices, we could feel the good vibes coming from the people around us. If you recognize the amazing being that lives inside you, you will notice the light living within everyone else.
"I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you which is love, truth, light and peace.
When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me
- WE ARE ONE -"