Namaste and Yoga: Honoring Body, Mind and Intellect

Ram Rao, Ph.D.
The positive effect of saying the word "namaste" in a yoga class on the mind, body, and intellect

According to what I learned in India from my grandfather and other Sanskrit scholars, “namaste” is a revered Sanskrit word with a deep and profound meaning. It’s not a simple act of bringing your hands into Anjali mudra and muttering the word under your breath. It’s also not just a general greeting, like “hello” or “good morning.” You have to mean it when you are saying it because words like namaste have deep effects on the body, mind, and intellect as they can transform an individual. 

This seven letter Sanskrit word is made of two words: namas + te:

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