Ever wonder what the word and Namaste yoga pose meant?
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 acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”
How to correctly make the Namaste gesture
You bring your hands together at the level of your physical heart, at your spiritual heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love within and around you. You bow your head closing the eyes. This helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. You can do Namaste by yourself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside your heart chakra.
Namaste can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing your head, and then bringing your hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. In the West the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in the East, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to actually say the word while bowing.