The Meaning of Namaste in Yoga and Should We Say Namaste?

Both namaste and lycra yoga pants have become so inseparable from asana practice that “namaste” is now printed on the yoga pants themselves in addition to t-shirts, mugs, tote bags and hats. Pronounced “nuh-MUH-steh,” its common mis-pronunciation, “NAH-mah-stay” is so ubiquitous it’s now fodder for less-than-cute commercial products and memes bearing phrases such as “nah-ma-stay in bed.” This article explores the meaning and history of namaste in western yoga classes which will most likely surprise you.