If you're new to yoga, it can seem a little weird when the instructor brings her hands into the prayer position and says ?Namaste? at the end of class, but it's nothing to be afraid of. Literally translated, Namaste means "bow me you" or "I bow to you." It's all about honoring the divine spark in the soul of another that is thought to be located in our heart chakra. That's just a fancy way of saying all us human beings are connected. Namaste is a form of showing respect and appreciation to the other person and is not a prayer per se or acceptance of any philosophical idea. It's only a symbol of gratitude and an acknowledgment that we are all one when we act from our hearts.
Hi! This is a nice & warm post. Just a small thought I have on this. Namaste is also used to say goodbye, when somebody is leaving. But when it is pronounced in English, it comes out sounding like "No More Stay"