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Namaste in Yoga

“Cultural practices change as they are borrowed and adapted. This is especially true for Namaste and the way it is used in Western yoga. While Namaste is often heard at the beginning of interactions in India, it’s standard for Western yoga teachers to say it at the end of class. However, in yoga, Namaste is rarely a formality or simple salutation. It’s a mindful practice that taps into the word’s deeper spiritual meaning. When you say, “Namaste” in yoga, you recognize and pay homage to 

that divine spark which resides deep within all of us. In this context, Namaste has a very specific meaning. It translates to, “The divine in me honors the divine in you.” One acknowledges themselves and others as inherently spiritual beings. By recognizing we are all part of the same divine creation, we see that we are all equal and one. We shed our