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2. Namaste as a respectful hello

Namaste is a trusted traditional greeting that can be used to say hello to another person, whether it be in yoga, meditation, or another peaceful setting. The word carries a strong element of respect and can be used more generally to greet someone in both public and private settings. The first part of the word, nama, translates to "bow," which explains why the gesture involves bowing forward with the hands clasped together near the heart in prayer position. Facing someone directly during namaste demonstrates respect, thankfulness, and recognition.

Temple Visitor and Hindu Priest Greeting Each Other GCShutter / Getty Images
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