A while back, someone asked me why I never say namaste at the end my classes when I teach. Well well well. I can tell you exactly why that is:
My brain automatically adds another word after namaste that is seriously inappropriate in class. I'm not even going to mention it here. It's properly rude but I can't seem to shake it. The stubborn association dates back to my yoga teacher training...
One of the girls on my course, very helpfully, shared a spoof video entitled shit yogis say with the group. And yes, yogis say a lot of shit. Some yogis, sometimes. Some more than others. It's not so much the what but the how. But anyway, I digress. The clue is right at the end of the video at 1:45 but I'm warning you: view at your own peril, it sticks!
Years later, the F word still pops up whenever I even think namaste!
I am now finally embarking on a mission to de-taint the word for myself so that I can start using again in a way it was intended to:
Namaste is a word derived from sanskrit and is a combination of the words namah which means 'bow' and te which means 'to you'. Namaste then translates as 'I bow to you' or 'bowing to you'. It is commonly used amongst Hindus and around south east Asia as a greeting when meeting or saying goodbye and as an expression of gratitude. It is usually accompanied by pressing the hands together in front of the heart centre in anjali mudra and a slight bow of the head.
What a beautiful concept. It's peaceful, soulful and otherwordly, words can't quite describe it. My words anyway.
Will I now suddenly start saying namaste at the end of my classes? Unlikely, I am pretty certain I'll be sticking with thank you, at least for now. But I am hoping to again start receiving the word when somebody else says it without sticking the F word right on it!