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If you've been to a yoga class, then you've probably heard the yoga teacher say "namaste" at the end of the class. However, the Sanskrit word is used in a variety of contexts outside of the yoga studio, from being a common Hindu greeting to having a more profound, more spiritual inference. While many of us don't include "namaste" in our everyday vocabulary, it's important to understand its origins and true meaning.

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1. The literal translation of "namaste"

Namaste is a Sanskrit word that means "I bow to you." In Hinduism, it also has a spiritual meaning that reflects the belief that the divine and self are the same all of us. In this context, namaste means "the divine in me bows to the divine in you." Namaste can be something you say and do as a genuine form of expressing your gratitude and appreciation for health, wellbeing, and other people in your life.

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