Namaste – when, how and why?

Teachers usually use term “Namaste” after practise to end the class. They bow palms pressed together at the heart centre and students follow. But why?

Etymologically, “Namaste” means: I bow down to you.

Motion Namaste represents the faith within each of our heart chakra, lies the ’Absolute Truth’, the “Universal Consciousness”. One True Self-honors another.

How to do it?

Gently press palms together at the chest, close the eyes and bow the head. The other variation is firstly press palms together at the third eye (between the eyebrows), then bring it down to the heart centre. This is a unique deep form of honor. Although western yoga world say Namaste in time with the hand gesture, yogis in India believe that the gesture already represents the word, saying it out loudly is unnecessary.

Why is it so?

Palms are pressed together at the heart chakra to direct universal love. Closed eyes and bowed head initiates detachment of True Self from the mind.

It is used usually at the end of class, because the mind is more silent by that time and surrounding energy is more peaceful. ’Namaste’ is stated as a symbol of gratitude and honor between teacher and students building energetic bond which lacks the Ego.

Acting from the heart, we are one.