I've found myself strangely attached to the word NAMASTE lately...i've been wondering about it and thinking about what it truely means...so i did a little research and here's what i found...
Namaste is a Hindi salutation or greeting. The word Namaste is a combination of the two Sanskrit words: nama, and te. Basically, nama means "to bow" and te means "you."
Mudra of Namaste:
Hands are held together at the palms in front of the heart or brow chakra. Head is bowed slightly downward. Eyes are sometimes closed.
What's the interpretation?
The God/Goddess within me recognizes and honors the God/Goddess Spirit within you.
A Yogic Thank You:
Yoga students often repeat "Namaste" at the end of each class as a thank you, honoring their instructor.
Namaste is significant because it is a humbling gesture. Namaste is done as a recognition that we are all on equal standings, all of us are children of divinity. We are one.
Who Can Namaste?
Namaste can be used as a greeting for all ages, all genders, all races. Namaste greetings can be given to friends, family members, and also strangers.
The word "Namaste" is often used as a closing notation (without the accompanying prayerful hand and bowing head gestures) in written communications similar to "sincerely," "best regards" or "love."
Also Known As: Gassho (Japanese)
The Namaste salutation was transmitted from ancient India to the countries of South-east Asia, and has now traveled virtually all over the globe.