Namaste - A yoga greeting

by Denise E. Brittain
Certified Yoga Instructor, Saint Petersburg, Florida 


Traditionally Namaste is spoken while bringing the palms of your hands together at your heart and gently bowing your head. In its simplest form it is a humble act honoring the equality and sacred nature of all. 

Namaste is composed of two Sanskrit words, nama meaning "to bend or bow", and te meaning "you". To offer this greeting to another is to surrender your self and acknowledge that you and the receiver are one. Namaste invokes recognition of the divine nature of all beings. 


The Namaste hand gesture, also known as the Anjali mudra, is rich in symbolic meaning. As we line the left hand, representing karma or action, with the right hand, representing rightful knowledge, we are implying that our actions and thoughts are of the highest form.

This simple physical, mental and verbal act is a deeply spiritual expression meant to honor and celebrate the divine essence of all beings. In Namaste we let go of our differences to find common ground where we bathe in divine light.

Let us surround those who are dear to us, as well as those we dont even know, in peace, love and light; with the acknowledgement that we are all one. Let our thoughts, words and actions be full of kindness to one another, as well as to ourselves. Let our yoga practice be a sanctuary to calm our spirits and open our hearts to the beauty of our world. 

I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.

 I honor the place in you that is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.

When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me,

We are One.



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