Hi Guys! Hope you are all having a terrific Tuesday! I just LOVED all the positive comments and twitter action on yesterday’s post. You all made me feel so much better about my lack of motivation, I’m glad I am not the only one! Today has an easy 3 mile run on tap for me and studying for my NASM Personal Trainers Certification. I really liked to take advantage of days when I have a short run and can get some “other” stuff done.
As most of you know I take a lot of yoga classes. I also take a wide variety of classes, everything from more advanced and challenging classes to easy restorative classes. I think they all offer something different and it is important to change it up. In my range of classes I see people who are far more advanced than me and others who are brand new. In a recent class, I heard someone go up to the instructor after class and ask, “What does Namaste mean?”
Namaste is a gestured performed at the beginning and end of a yoga class. Before I can begin to define it and explain it I first want to explain what a Charka is. A Chakra is a force center within the body. They are sources of energy that permeate from a point on or within the body. Your heart center is a chakra as is the crown of your head, your third eye, your throat and three others for a total of 7 chakras throughout the body. Namaste is a belief that there is a Divine spark within our heart chakra. The movement is the acknowledgement of one soul to another.
Namaste literally means “I bow to you”. Nama means “bow”, as means “I” and te means “you”. To demonstrate Namaste you bring your hands to your heart center with your palms together. You then bow your head and close your eyes. Bringing the hands to your heart, increases the flow of Divine love. When you close your eyes it helps you to surrender to your heart.
Namaste is a great form of meditation. It is usually done at the end of the class because the mind is more peaceful at this time. It is respectful to exchange this with your yoga instructor and according to the Yoga Journal,
Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.
So after your next class be sure to calm your mind, take a deep breath and spend a moment meditating. Your body will thank you and it is a great way to close out your yoga practice.
Did you know what Namaste means? Does your yoga teacher close each practice with it? Do you find it meditative?
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