The gesture (or mudra) 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 acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
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- Many yoga classes begin and end with the simple act of hands together like a prayer, thumbs resting against the center of the chest (the heart chakra), eyes closed and head bowed as “Namaste” is spoken. Like breath work and meditation, this simple ritual helps us make that 18-inch journey from our busy minds to our peaceful hearts.
- Namaste is often translated as “The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you” or “I bow to the God within you” or I honor the spirit in you that is also in me.” It is a universal acknowledgment that we are all made from one consciousness. The gesture signals a deep respect and dignity for each other and our precious human lives.
- This humble greeting from one heart to another is composed of two Sanskrit words “Nama” and “te”. Nama means to “bow” and “te” means you. In the middle is “as” which means “I.” Because the “I” gets absorbed by the word “bow” and the word “you” the ego of the “I” is also absorbed into the blessing. By surrendering the “I” or the ego, we increase the flow of divine love from one soul to another.
Namaste is also done by placing hands together with the thumbs at the center of the forehead just between the eyebrows an energy area known as the “third eye” chakra. Often in India, the gesture is enough without even speaking the word. It demonstrates a sense of calm and focus and a dedication to the spiritual path. An acknowledgement that we are all on this path together surrendering ourselves to this very present moment, honoring the moment, each other and the divine within us all.
For me, Namaste has always been a way to acknowledge deep gratitude towards another and for life itself. In the stillness of the moment there is a heightened awareness and appreciation for all that we have had, all that we have and all that is to come.
It is a blessing, a meditation, a prayer. The hope of peace and loving kindness.