The word 'namaste' has become mainstream in our western yoga world but when I go to classes I rarely hear teachers reminding the class what this potent gesture actually means.
It's assumed that most students know, yet what the Tantra is steeped in is the gift of remembrance and nuance. It never hurts to hear it again.
Yesterday, I was practicing yoga with one of my students and at the end of her class she reminded me of the potency this closing gesture holds.
She read an Tantrified (I know not a real word) version of a quote of Ram Dass:
"I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, where lies your light and your shadow, your love and your truth, your uniqueness and your peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, our light as individuals expands to enhance the luminosity of the greater shared tapestry of all of life."
Next time you bring closure to your class explore peppering in little reminders of how this gesture and word acknowledge the sacred gift of being human divinity.
At the end of your class remind students of this word by weaving in concepts like honoring your radiance and wisdom or honoring that place where all of life resides, or honoring your courage and heart, or recognizing the divine in you, as you, and all around you.