If you’ve been to a recent yoga class, chances are, you’ve heard, or participated in saying ‘namaste’ at the end.
For the casual yogi, this might just feel like routine, something to symbolise the end of the class.
But why do we say it? What does it mean?
Traditionally, we place our hands in anjali Mudra, in front of the heart chakra. We bow our heads, and say namaste to our teacher, as a sign of gratitude towards our teacher, our fellow students, and towards ourselves and our own practice.
Namaste is a Sanskrit word, which translates to ‘I bow to the divine in you’ (or wording very similar to this).
For me, it is a beautiful practice to acknowledge the light and energy of others, and most importantly to acknowledge ourselves. Some days are more difficult than others, and showing up to your mat can be challenging. But when we show up, flow through practice (however it may look or feel that day), and continue to try, give our energy, and share our light, that is truly worth acknowledging.
I see the light in you.