Translates to “I bow to the divine within you” and signifies “an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.” Namaste is used to show respect (such as to an elder), as a greeting, or to wish somebody well. Commonly used in India, this gesture is also appropriate in yoga and meditation.

Namaste is supposed to signify putting one’s ego aside in the presence of another, so please don’t add it to your gesture collection as a shortcut means towards appearing enlightened or wise. Be careful to treat the gesture with it’s due respect.


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