Namaste (/ˈnɑːməsteɪ/, nah-məs-tay; Hindi: [nəməsteː] is a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom, which is sometimes spoken as Namaskar 0r namaskaram. The word is derived from the Sanskrit namah ‘bow’,’reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’ & te means ‘to you’. Simply means ” I bow to you “.
It is mainly & most used by India, Nepal, partly southeast Asia & even some around the world where people migrated & spread. Used for greetings, expressions of gratitude, politeness, respect etc. which depends on how practiced & used for different individual beliefs.
In Yoga, Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.This gesture is called Añjali Mudrā or Pranamasana.
SO IS THIS A PART OF RELIGIOUS GESTURE FOR YOGA? WHAT IS THE CONNECTION?
“Although namaste is the greeting and Anjali mudra is the position of the hands, they are sometimes conflated. Anjali mudra is often called “namaste position” or prayer position.
However, even though the position of the hands is one that we associate with Christian, Hindu, and other religions’ devotional practices, it doesn’t have the same significance in this context.
Yoga is not a religion, although many of its customs emerged from Hindu traditions common in India. The modern practice of yoga poses is secular in nature and the Anjali hand position represents union or oneness. It’s primarily a way to show respect to another person.” -By Ann Pizer