I say “namaste” at the end of each class. It’s a fair question to ask why . In short by it I mean “thank you”. Thank you for being here, thank you for trusting me, thank you for your energy and concentration. And thank you to everyone and everything that brought me to here and now.

Here’s a quote from this article that sums up their similar view: ‘Usually, it is done at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful. The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward her students and her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage’

What does Namaste mean? Yoga Journal expert and teacher Aadil Palkhivala explains the meaning behind the term.

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Jo Cook

I am an Iyengar yoga teacher based near Cockermouth, Cumbria. I previously ran a studio in Bingley, West Yorkshire, England. I teach Iyengar classes for adults.