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Why do we say Namaste? And what does it really mean!

Originally a two part Sanskrit word Namas+te. These two words are combined together with an “s” In the Sanskrit language this process is called săndhi, which is the combination of two sounds or any two things coming together such as a season. It could be roughly translated to “cusp.” Namaste is expressed in the form of a gesture known as Anjali mudra and we have often experienced it in the yoga classes. It is more than 5000 year old practice reflecting deference to the teacher, fellow students and to the cosmic energies. The ancient Sanskrit word Namaste “नमस्ते” is steeped in a deep

and profound history of ancient India. Understanding the meaning behind it helps to give clarity and a deeper appreciation for this common term. It is deeply rooted and still alive in the Indian culture and slowly settling in the west.

 Namaste is a gesture of greeting as well as farewell in India among family members, friends and even strangers. It is also used during prayers and rituals in homes & temples.

The vast library of knowledge of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, Vedic astrology, sacred architecture known as Vastu was written in Sanskrit in sacred volumes called the Vedas. It is the foundation of these ancient practices that have migrated to the Orient via Buddhism and to the West via Yoga and Ayurveda and continues to share the culture of India and the teachings in the 21st century.

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