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10 Words to Know So You’re Not So Confused in Yoga Class

9. Namaste

Pronounced: nah-mah-stay

Translation: a respectful greeting, “my soul honors your soul”

Origin: Also referred to as “namaskar,” this word originated as a respectful Indian greeting. Hindus use it to begin and end a conversation (like saying “aloha” in Hawaii). Namaste is used to unite and honor all souls in a yogic and spiritual practice.

What to expect in class?

The teacher will likely end the practice with this one word. Simply replying “namaste” to the teacher is a sign of respect and gratitude.

Get to know this symbol well — you'll see it everywhere.
Get to know this symbol well — you’ll see it everywhere. Photo Credit yogesh_more/iStock/Getty Images

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