What does Namaste Mean, Anyway?

Namaste (pronounced Nah-mah-stay) is used as a salutation in India and other countries in the East. It is similar, in a way, to “Aloha” in Hawaii. It has many meanings and uses, including “Hello” and “Goodbye” in verbal communication. In written communication it is used in a manner similar to how we use “Sincerely.” In short, it is a considerate way to acknowledge and pay respect to another.

Namaste is a Sanskrit word that has been given many meanings, and I encourage you to find one that works for you and make it your own. Here are some common examples of how it’s used:

*The spirit in me honors the spirit in you.
*The teacher in me acknowledges the teacher in you.
*The light in me sees the light in you.

If you study the origin of the word and meaning of each syllable, Namaste translates roughly to “Not me, but you.” Those who teach or want to deepen their practice are sharing with others what they have learned. It is not just for themselves. If saying Namaste is not for you, please refrain. Saying “thank you” in your heart for all who are with you in class and your teacher is quite appropriate.

So, for now, I leave you with Namaste.