The word Namaste or Namaskar is an indispensable part of Indian culture. It is an Indian way of greeting someone. In Indian culture, there is a belief that there is a divine power present in each one of us.
This divine power resides in our heart chakra. In Indian culture, people greet each other with Namaste with a slender bow and joining the both hands whenever they meet. It is also a way of showing respect to another person. But in Yoga and Meditation Namaste represents the acknowledgment of one soul by another soul.
The literal meaning of Namaste is “I bow to you” as ‘Nama’ means ‘bow,’ ‘as’ means ‘I’ and ‘te’ means ‘You.’ To perform Namaste in a right way we join both hands at the heart ‘chakra’, close our eyes and slightly bow the head. The other way to perform Namaste is to join both hands at the third eye and then bringing them down to the heart ‘chakra.’ It symbolizes deep respect that one soul shows to another soul. While making the gesture, people usually say the word Namaste, but it is not necessary to do so as the word in itself says it all.
The act of bringing both hands to the heart ‘chakra’ is done to increase the flow of divine spark, love, and respect. While the act of closing the eyes and bowing the head assists the mind to submit completely to the Divine power in the heart ‘chakra.’ Namaste is also a meditation technique where one performs it to oneself to go deeper into the heart ‘chakra.’ When we do Namaste to others, it is also a kind of meditation which releases the stress.
A class start and end with Namaste. When students and teachers perform Namaste to each other before starting and at the end of the class, it is not only a sign of respect, but it shows a deep connection of souls which represents timelessness. This union of souls is free from all the negative energy and bonds of ego-connection. When it is done with a deep feeling, respect, and true heart and with a surrendered mind, individuals performing it experiences a blossoming deep union of spirits.
Class starts and ends with a Namaste because Namaste also represents the transferring of positive energies from one soul to another, one individual to another. It activates the positive and Divine Powers of the heart chakra before meditation which helps the person to go into meditation quickly. During meditation, a person experiences the divine powers of the heart chakra which fulfill a person with positive and divine energy.
Performing Namaste before starting and at the end of the class also shows the respect that a soul shows to another soul. Soul has the divine powers. Through the gesture of the Namaste, we not only show respect to another person but to his/her soul and divine powers which are present in each one of us.
Class starts and ends with a Namaste because it has certain benefits like:
· The gesture of Namaste relaxes our mind and makes us feel calm, positive and peaceful.
· We not only transfer our positive energy but also gain the positive energy of other people through Namaste.
· By doing Namaste, we feel more energetic, enthusiastic and positive as it activates the positive energy present within us.
· The gesture of Namaste activates our Divine Powers present in our heart ‘chakra.’ Namaste has much meaning.
On the one hand it symbolizes respect, and on the other hand, it represents the union of souls. Class starts and ends with a Namaste because it is a way of transferring our positive energy to other people. It is a way to relax. It helps us to go into meditation easily.