Yoga hacks: Why do we say Namaste?

 
 

Ever been to a yoga class and spent the majority of the class wondering what on earth was going on? Good… that makes two of us!

When I first started going to yoga, I found it pretty overwhelming; surrounded by people who looked like they knew what they were doing, with words that made no sense… and wait… where does my foot/hand/arm/leg go again?!

It's a lot to take in.

I'm not a fan of simply going through the motions; I want to understand what and why I am doing or saying something. And so, with Yoga hacks, I want to debunk and de-mystify some of the things you'll be likely to hear or do in yoga.  

In all of the classes you've probably noticed the teacher bowing whilst saying "Namaste." Maybe some of the other students even said it back.

So what does it really mean and why say it?

Namaste is a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom, it is derived from Sanskrit, an ancient language and broken down translates into "I bow to you." It is used to express gratitude or to thank the other person.  So in short, it's a nice way of saying thank you at the end of the practice and to show gratitude to one another.

So now you know!  Namaste :)