Namaste is a greeting, derived from Sanskrit and it means “the divine in me bows to the divine in you.”
Anjali mudra is also sometimes called namaste mudra. A mudra is a seal; some mudras are done with the entire body, and many are done with only our hands.
How to do namaste mudra: bring your hands together, fingers pointing upwards and thumbs close to the sternum.
Anjali mudra is known to benefit you in the following ways:
- promoting flexibility in the hands, wrists, fingers and arms
- alleviating mental stress and anxiety
- assisting the practitioner in achieving focus and coming into a meditative state
You may notice that your teacher will say namaste, hold their hands in anjali mudra, and bow to end a yoga class. Namaste is a salutation used when you may have come into a space where you are more balanced. As the class has ended, you may have discovered the peacefulness that is your True Self. The teacher honours that by closing with a word of respect from their True Self to yours.