The first and foremost gesture from the people, when you land in India is Namaste or Namaskar! You see your Yoga teacher concluding the yoga sessions with Namaste every time? We all know that’s a gesture or a sweet sign of welcoming or inviting our guests or anyone. Be it a home, or a land or anywhere, you are meeting people for the first time. Not, just when inviting guests, or greeting someone, even Yoga’s first gesture or position is Namaste. This particular gesture simply represents the divine spark that is located inside each and every one of us. Namaste or Namaskar, literally means an acknowledgement from one soul to another soul.
So, how exactly do you make this gesture? Is that simple enough or difficult for a few?
No, of course, not! It isn’t difficult for you and literally anyone can say Namaste with the gesture. To perform Namaskar or Namaste, you have to place your hands together at your heart (heart chakra), then close your eyes and simply bow your head.
Well, you can also perform this gesture by placing your hands together in front of your third eye, just bowing down the head and you can drag your hands down near your heart.
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Well, why would anyone bow to anyone?
That’s a good question! It is the deepest form of paying respect! Just like the saying with Indians goes, we adore our guests, or anyone who helps us in need, thus by using this gesture, it shows how glad you are, the values and morals too!
Why do we do Namaste?
When you do this gesture, it works all across your mind, body and soul. The hands together near your heart, or your heart chakra simply increases the complete flow of divine love. When you bow down your head and close your eyes while performing this gesture, it simply helps the mind to surrender to the divine of the heart. Well, the Namaste technique can also be used while you do your meditation technique that would go much deeper and inside your heart chakra. Of course, it also has affects when you do or exchange the Namaste with others.
When two individuals greet or perform a Namaste gesture, it helps the energy to come together which also leads to a place of connecting points, which makes you free from ego, anger, hate only increasing the deep feeling in the heart and mind for the spirits to be kind and blossoming.
When should you start with Namaste in your meditation?
Generally, Namaste has to be practiced or incorporated both during the beginning and at the end of your meditation sessions or Yoga classes. When it is done, at the end of the class, it feels very energetic and peaceful. This symbol of Namaste is initiated as the sign of respect and gratitude towards the students, and also when the students perform this gesture, it’s an equal amount of respect and gratitude towards the teacher. This connection between the student and teacher allows the truth to simply flow from one soul to another.
This gesture or the salutation boosts the positive aura in the relationship with another soul. When you perform this gesture your body will go through a constant flow of good energy. Of course, it will just be for a while, but then, it is efficient for any human body. This also allows you to connect to a divine source or the consciousness that also connects you to the cosmic force or the energy. However, when you shake hands there could be transfer of any sort of energy; it can be either good or bad or even neutral. But when you do Namaste or the Namaskar gesture, it only channelizes the positive energy throughout your body without causing any harm to your body or the soul or even the mind.
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Well, remembrance simply means that you won’t forget that person any sooner. This Namaste gesture has got various spiritual benefits and it is also associated with various pros and advantages that are related to modern science or the science alone. When you join the hands, it immediately activates the pressure points in every finger which also leads a clear way to ears, eyes, and also the mind along with the memory. Of course, as far as the science is considered, with this gesture there is no physical contact or so, which does not transfer any germs or diseases.
Used in Yoga:
This particular gesture is the first symbol or sign in Yoga, and that is where the students and teachers greet and pay gratitude to each before and after every Yoga session. Why do they do that? Because, it transfers smooth energy, throughout the mind, body and soul which works as the perfect cleanser of aura. You can also meditate using this particular Namaste mudra and you will soon realize or feel the good energy flowing through your body, to your soul and mind, ultimately giving you peace of mind.
When you meditate or practice yoga, you can also listen to some smooth music or meditation music which will be very helpful enough for you to focus. Peace of mind and relaxation is everything that anyone needs, this particular mudra during a minimum of 15 minutes of meditation can give you the ultimate benefits and the goodness of spirituality.
Well, you might know a bit about Yoga, or of course, not everyone in here would know about Yoga, but yes, there are some gestures and symbols that can also be used in a general way, which is when you are not doing Yoga. It is not necessary that you should know yoga, or you should be doing yoga, but knowing these gestures and practically applying them during meditation can do you a lot of good.
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