The “Namaste” in Everyone

December 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm 4 comments


At the end of a yoga session we always close our practice with saying, “Namaste,” which means, “The divine light in me honors the divine light in you.”

While we normally use this as a statement of reverence between teacher and student, I’ve been wondering if we really give this phrase the consideration it deserves. Because if you begin to break it down, this expression actually reveals a process.

Most of the time, we think of “the light” as the energy given off to, and from, those around us; when someone is happy, or in a state of peace or contentment. While that’s part of it, “the divine light” points to something more profound.

Moods are a superficial layer. They are the residual evidence of what’s going on deep within. Everyone carries some sort of emotional scar; an imprint from being judged or mistaken beliefs about our purpose or roles in society. And those wounds are usually demonstrated in a defensive reaction of fear which is expressed as insecurity, rage, contraction, or stubbornness.

We can witness these moments and issue superficial labels such as: “crazy,” “angry,” or “weird.” It’s only when we’ve arrived at a place of comprehension for how we displayed or reacted to our own pain, that we can then practice compassion and forgiveness for others and see beneath the behavior.

“The divine light in ME honors the divine light in YOU.” We first have to connect with, and respect, the struggle within ourselves before we can in others.

It takes work to shift our thinking. By using svadhyaya (self-study), we can notice when we’re quick to judge and instead we can transform these times to opening up and challenging a greater understanding of the human condition.

If we want to have expansive experiences of connecting at a sincere, heartfelt level, isn’t that the goal? To be more loving, is to authentically acknowledge everyone as an individual with unique qualities and different experiences. That’s the divine signature in all of us.

So, “namaste” every day, not as a simple greeting but as a reminder to be committed to discovering a higher-level of awareness for everyone.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mind Body Soul Stylist  |  January 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    You bring up a good point here, about the reverence of namaste. It’s awesome that so many today use the word namaste. But lately it seems the word suffers from overuse which can dilute or separate it from its true meaning.

    • 2. Evolving Yogi  |  January 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much! So glad to hear you feel the same… 🙂

  • 3. Nate  |  January 23, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Jenn,

    I came across your work on and followed the trail back here. I enjoyed it a lot!

    I saw in your profile that you’re a freelance writer? Not sure if you’re still looking for freelance work, but if you’re interested in some work in the health/personal development space, just reach out to me via the email address I included.

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    • 4. Evolving Yogi  |  January 23, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Nate,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to me! I’m so flattered. And yes, I’m definitely interested in taking on more work. I’ll be in touch. Thanks again…


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