Namaste is a common greeting throughout India and is often heard in many yoga classes in America. The greeting is usually accompanied by the gesture of anjali mudra , in which the palms meet at the center of the heart and a slight bow. Although this is not the whole meaning of namaste.

This word is a common way of respectfully greeting or saying goodbye to a person in India and Nepal. It is similar to saying “hello” in western countries.

In English, Namaste is pronounced as na-ma-stay. The term ‘nama’ means bow and ‘stay’ means to you. So the word Namaste means “bow down to you.”

You know what Namaste means.

Other meanings that may be of interest: