Why do we say Namaste? Is it a snooty way to seem like a yogi? Is it a trend among spiritual people? It is just a made up, popular way to end a yoga class? This phrase is steeped in a deep and profound history that gives a new depth and clarity to this common term.

In the nineties, when Yoga was making its main-stream splash, namaste was a novel way to greet your fellow yogis. It was said with trepidation and was awkward. Now it is said so often and with such comfort, that we may have drifted from the original idea of why we say it and what it actually means. My young sons say it with such…