By Angela Travaglini, owner of Sol Yoga Studio in Conshohocken, PA
Have you ever wondered why we end yoga class by saying namaste? Do you know what it means?
The end of class always feels complete to me when we all bow forward together and say namaste. It is a way of acknowledging the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for an amazing practice and choosing to share your practice with me, whether I am teaching or taking a class. Gratitude for our spiritual time together. We are all on our mats for some reason and come together as a family to do so. Gratitude for time away from distraction. Gratitude for yoga for making me a better person and benefiting not just me but everyone around me, near and far.
Namaste’s meaning is universally recognized as one of peace, honor, and respect. A meaning that represents surrendering ego to the spirit – recognizing that the life force within us as individuals is the same as that within everything and everyone.
- I honor the spirit in you that is also in me.
- The light in me honors and respects the light in you.
- I bow to you.
- We are all connected.
So the next time class ends and you feel gratitude and peace for time on your yoga mat, honor your fellow students and teacher with gratitude by chiming in and saying namaste. Maybe even add a smile because smiling makes everything better.
About Sol Yoga Studio, a Conshohocken, PA
Whether you are a beginner or someone who has been practicing yoga for a long time, we are here for you with open arms. We offer a variety of yoga classes for adults and kids. First class is FREE. Our Conshohocken yoga studio is just minutes from Plymouth Meeting and Blue Bell. To sign up for class, check out our yoga class schedule at Sol Yoga Studio.