We say it all the time, but do you know the meaning of the word and gesture, Namaste? Do you know the origin of such a powerful word. Let’s delve into a brief definition and explanation of namaste.
Origin: Sanskrit word combination of the words Namah and te.
Namah means bow.
as means I
te means you
Therefore Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you”.
Yoga gesture: The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another.
You can gesture by bringing the hands together at the heart chakra and bowing the head. Or you can bring the hands together over the 3rd eye and bring it down in front of the heart chakra, this is a deeply respectful gesture. Both are sacred acts and when done with another person make quite a nice little meditation of love and unity. It is a gesture understood in India without saying the word, Namaste’.
My teaching taught that the definition of namaste’ was “the Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you”.
What a beautiful way to remember and remind that we are all Divine and All One, in love.