Namaste

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.

Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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