Healing Your Physical Apparatus

Incorporating common sense information with the results of scientific studies and then, allowing my gut instinct to be the deciding factor in most every personal "cross road" decision has been my guidepost throughout this lifetime. I have rarely allowed any outside factor to be more of an influence over my decisions than my own "knowing" resources . We all have the ability to look within to find the answers to our questions without formal education in the particular area of our curiosity.

It is our modern society that demands the diplomas and the certificates in order to pass on information to others. Much knowledge has been lost due to the rigid rules of our societies and that which has been communicated over the centuries ... has been distorted usually to protect the existence of another community of thought.

Our own thought patterns effect the health of our body. Every physical illness that we have stems from an underlying negative emotional thought pattern. If we can understand the illness, we then, can evaluate the cause and ultimately rid the body of the dis-ease. Dis-ease is nothing more than our not being in harmony (or dis-chord) with ourselves.

The following information is meant to assist you on your journey toward healing ... first at the emotional level and then, because of the healing at the emotional level, your physical "apparatus", your body, will then, heal also.

This information has been available to any and all who has ever even been remotely curious about "why we get what we get" for a very long time ... but most of us have not taken the time nor given this concept the credence it most assuredly deserves. After all ... there are so many of us in this society who "feed" off of the misfortune of others ... including the illnesses and diseases of others. There are many who "maintain" illness and disease in others because of their relying on it to justify their OWN existence. Please be aware of these vampires! (yet, another article) Learn to discern!

Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations

ABDOMINAL CRAMPS:  Fear. Stopping the process.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life. I am safe

ACHES: Longing for love. Longing to be held.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am loving and lovable.

ACNE: Not Accepting or disliking self
Affirmation:The love and acceptance I have for myself is reflected in my outer appearance

ADDICTIONS: Running away from self, Not facing the fear. Not knowing how to love the self.
Affirmation: It is safe to look within for the answers I seek.

ADDISON’S DISEASE: Severe emotional malnutrition. Anger at the self.
Affirmation: I lovingly take care of my body, my mind, and my emotions

 ADENOIDS: Family friction, arguments. Child feeling unwelcome, in a way.
Affirmation: This child is wanted and welcomed and deeply loved.

AGING PROBLEMS: Social beliefs. Old thinking. Fear of being one’s self. 
Rejection of the now. 
Affirmation: I love and accept myself at every age. Each moment in life is perfect.

AIDS: Feeling defenseless and hopeless. A strong belief in not 
being good enough. Denial of the true inner being, or sexual guilt
Affirmation: I love and appreciate all of myself for the unique, powerful and capable person I am.

ALCOHOLISM / ABUSE : Futility, guilt, inadequacy, self-rejection
Affirmation: I live in the now. Each moment is new. I choose to see my self-worth.I love and approve of myself.

ALLERGY & HAYFEVER: You are allergic to someone who or yourself denies your power
Affirmation:The world is safe and friendly. I am safe. I am at peace with life.

ALZHEIMERS: Refusal to deal with the world as it is.
Affirmation: There is always a new and better way for me to experience life. I forgive and release the past. I move into joy.

ANKLE PROBLEMS: Inflexibility and guilt Inability to receive pleasure.
Affirmation: I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer.

ANOREXIA: Denying the self and life. Extreme fear of rejection.
Affirmation: It is safe for me. I am wonderful just as I am. I choose joy and self-acceptance.

ANXIETY / NERVOUSNESS: Distrust the natural flow of life.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself and I trust in the process of life. I am safe.

ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: Hardened narrow-mindedness.
Affirmation: I am completely open to life and to joy. I choose to see with love.

ARM PROBLEMS: Can't hold on to lifes experiences.
Affirmation: I lovingly hold and embrace my experiences with love and joy

ARTHRITIS: Feeling unloved, criticism, resentment
Affirmation: I am love. I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love.

BACK (upper): Lack of emotional support, or feeling unloved.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me.

BACK (middle): Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there or Get off my back.
Affirmation: I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.

BACK (lower): Financial woes and concerns.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life. All I need is taken care of. I am safe.

BALDNESS: Fear, tension. Trying to control everything and not trusting in the process of life.
Affirmation: I am safe. I love and approve of myself. I trust life.

BLACKHEADS (pimples): Small outbursts of anger.
Affirmation: I calm my thoughts and I am serene

(B-C) Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations
BLOOD PRESSURE: HIGH (hypertension): Longstanding emotional problems not solved. LOW: Lack of love as a child. Defeatism. "Whats the use? It won't work anyway."
Affirmation: HIGH: I joyously release the past. I am at peace. LOW: I now choose to ive in the ever-joyous NOW. My life is a joy.

BONE BREAKS: Rebelling against authority.
Affirmation: I am the only authority in my world for I am the only one who thinks in my mind.

BOWEL PROBLEMS: Fear of letting go
Affirmation: I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.

BREAST (left):Feeling unloved, refusal to nourish oneself. Putting everyone else first.
Affirmation: I am loved and nourished by all around me

BREAST (right): Over protection, over bearing, difficulty in giving love.
Affirmation:I embrace and trust life knowing that I am safe and loved. I choose to love and be loved.

BREATHING PROBLEMS: Fear or the refusal to take in life. Not feeling worthy to take up space.
Affirmation:It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully

BRONCHITIS: Inflamed family environment.
Affirmation: I experience peace and harmony within myself and all around me. All is well.

BRUISES: Self-punishment.
Affirmation: I love and cherish myself. I am kind and gentle with myself. All is well.

BULIMIA: Hopeless terror. Purging self hatred.
Affirmation: I am loved, nourished and supported by life. It is safe for me to be alive.

BURNS: Anger, burning up inside.
Affirmation: I create only peace and harmony within myself and in my environment. I deserve to feel good.

CANCER: What's eating at you? Deep hurt, secret or grief.
Affirmation: I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my life with joy. I love and approve of myself.

CARPAL TUNNEL: Anger and frustrations at life's seeming injustices.
Affirmation: I now choose to create a life that is abundant. I am at ease.

CHOLESTEROL (high): Clogging the channels of joy.
Affirmation:

CIRCULATION: Lack of joy or the lack of circulation of ideas.
Affirmation: Joyous new ideas are circulating freely within me

COLDS: Too much going on at once. Mental confusion and disorder.
Affirmation: I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and all around me.


COLD SORES: Festering angry words and fear of expressing them.
Affirmation: I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself. All is well.

COLIC: Mental irritation. Annoyance with surroundings
Affirmation: This child only responds to love and loving thoughts. All is peaceful.

COMA: Fear. Trying to escape from something or someone.
Affirmation: We surround you with safety and love. We create a space for you to heal. You are loved.

(C-F) Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations
CONSTIPATION: Refusing to release old ideas
Affirmation: As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.
COUGHS: A desire to bark at the world. "Listen to me!"
Affirmation: I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.

DEPRESSION: Anger, hopelessness.
Affirmation: I now go beyond other peoples fears and limitations. I create my own life.

DIABETES: Longing for what might have been. No sweetness left in life.
Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.

DIARRHEA: Fear and rejecting. Running off or away from something/someone.
Affirmation: My intake, assimilation and elimination are in perfect order. I am at peace with life.

DIZZINESS Flighty, scattered thinking.
Affirmation: I am deeply centered and at peace with life. It is safe for me to be alive and joyous.

EAR PROBLEMS: Not wanting to hear. Anger or too much turmoil
Affirmation: I hear with Love

ELBOW PROBLEMS: Not being flexible, not able to change directions or accept new experiences.
Affirmation: I easily flow with with new experiences, new directions and new changes.

EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS:Pushing Beyond one's limits. Fear of not being good enough.Draining all inner support. Stress Virus.
Affirmation:I relax and recognize my self-worth. I am good enough. LIfe is easy and joyful.

EYE (astigmatism): Fear of "seeing" the self
Affirmation: I am now willing to see my own beauty and magnificence.

EYES (cataracts): Inability to see ahead with joy
Affirmation: Life is eternal and filled with Joy

EYE PROBLEMS: (children) Not wanting to see what's going on in the family
Affirmation: Harmony and joy and beauty and safety now surround the child.

EYE (farsighted): Fear of the present
Affirmation: I am safe in the hear and now. I see that clearly

EYE (nearsighted): Fear of the future.
Affirmation: I accept life and am always safe

EYE STY: Looking at life through angry eyes. Angry at someone.
Affirmation: I choose to see everyone and everything with joy and love.

FAINTING: Fear, can't cope, blacking out what's really going on.
Affirmation: I am strong and powerful and I have the knowledge and ability to handle everything in my life

FEET PROBLEMS: Fear of the future or not wanting to move forward.
Affirmation: I understand clearly and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe.

(F-H) Spirit Meaning - Diseases & Affirmations
FEMALE PROBLEMS: Denial of the self and rejecting the feminine aspects within.
Affirmation: I rejoice in the feminine. I love being a women and I love my body

FEVERS & INFECTIONS: Anger, burning up.
Affirmation: I am the cool, calm expression of peace and love

FIBROIDS: Nursing a hurt from a partner, a blow to the feminine ego
Affirmation:I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience. I create only good in my life

FINGER (thumb): Worry, always thinking. Being 'under someone's thumb'.
Affirmation: My mind is at peace

FINGER (index): Fear of authority, or egotistical; abusing your authority.
Affirmation: I am secure

FLU: Responding to mass negativity. Putting too much faith in statistics.
Affirmation: I am beyond group beliefs or the calendar. I am free from all congestion and influence.

GAS PAIN (flatulence):Undigested ideas or concerns.
Affirmation: I relax and let life flow through me with ease.

GRAY HAIR: Stress, feeling under pressure and strain.
Affirmation: I am strong and capable. I am at peace and comfortable in every area of my life.

GUM PROBLEMS: Inability to back up decisions. Being wishy-washy about life.
Affirmation: I am a decisive person. I follow through and support myself with love

HAND PROBLEMS: Grasping on to tight, not wanting to let go. Not 'handling' things well.
Affirmation: I choose to handle all my experiences with love and with joy and with ease.

HEADACHES: Self-criticism. Not wanting to accept what is going on
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I see myself and what I do with eyes of love. I am safe.

HEART ATTACK: Squeezing all the joy out of life, in favor of money or position.
Affirmation: I bring joy back to the center of my heart. I express love to all.

HEARTBURN (reflux): Clutching onto fear. Not trusting in the process of life.
Affirmation: I breathe freely and fully. I am safe. I trust the process of life.

HEART PROBLEMS: Lack of joy, dealing with issues from anger, not love.
Affirmation: My heart beats to the rhythm of love

HEMORRHOIDS: Fear of deadlines. Afraid to let go and move on.
Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love. There is time and space for everything I want to do

HERNIA: Ruptured relationships, feeling the burdens.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed and free. I leave the past and move into the new. All is well.

HIP PROBLEMS: Fear of going forward in major decisions.
Affirmation: I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.

(H-S) Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations
HYPERACTIVITY: Feeling pressured and frantic
Affirmation: I am safe. All pressure dissolves. I AM good enough.

HYPERVENTILATION: Resisting change. Not being able to take it all in.
Affirmation: I am safe everywhere in the Universe. I love myself and trust the process of life.

IMPOTENCE: Sexual guilt or pressure, feeling spite against a previous mate
Affirmation: I now allow the full power of my sexuality to flow with ease and with joy

INDIGESTION:Dread or anxiety about a recent or coming event
Affirmation: I digest and assimilate all new experiences peacefully and joyously

INFECTION(See "Itis"):Irritation, anger or annoyance about a recent situation.
Affirmation: I choose to be peaceful and harmonious

INFLAMATION:Fear. Seeing Red. Inflamed Thinking.
Affirmation:My thinking is peaceful, calm & centered

"ITIS": Anger and frustration about situations you are looking at in your life.
Affirmation: I am willing to change all patterns of criticism. I love and approve of myself.

KIDNEY PROBLEMS: Criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a little kid.
Affirmation: [Divine] Right is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.

KIDNEY STONES: Lumps of undissolved anger.
Affirmation: I dissolve all past problems with ease.

KNEE PROBLEMS: Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Inflexibility. Won't give in
Affirmation: Forgiveness. Understanding. Compassion. I bend, flow with ease & all is well.

LARYNGITIS: Fear of speaking up.
Affirmation: I am flexible and flowing

LEFT SIDE OF BODY: The feminine side. Represents receptivity, taking in, women, mother, love.
Affirmation: My feminine energy is beautifully balanced.

LEG PROBLEMS: Fear of the future, not being able to carry things forward.
Affirmation: I move forward with confidence and joy, knowing that all is well in my future.

LIVER PROBLEMS: (hepatitis) Resistance to change. Fear, anger, hatred. Liver is the seat of anger and rage.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed & free. I leave the past & move into the new. All is well.

LUNG PROBLEMS: Depression, grief or fear of life. Not feeling worthy.
Affirmation: I have the capacity to take in the fullness of life. I lovingly live life to the full

LUPUS:  A giving up. Better to die than stand up for one's self. Anger and punishment.
Affirmation:I speak up for myself freely and easily. I claim my own power. I love and approve of myself. I am free and safe.


MENOPAUSE: Fear of no longer being wanted.
Affirmation: I am balanced and peaceful in all changes of cycles and know that I am loved.

MENTAL ALERTNESS & SENILITY: Returning to the "safety" of childhood. Demanding care and attention.
Affirmation: I am safe and life is peaceful. The intelligence of the Universe operates at every level of life.

MIGRAINE HEADACHE: Sexual fears, or fear of being close, letting someone in too close. Feeling driven or pressured.
Affirmation: II relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. I love Life!

MENSTRUAL IMBALANCE/PMS: Rejection of one's femininity. Guilt or feeling "dirty".
Affirmation: my bodily processes are a natural part of life. I love and approve of myself.

NAUSEA: Fear, rejecting an idea or experience.
Affirmation: I am safe. I trust the process of life to bring only good to me.

(N-T) Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations
NECK PROBLEMS: Refusing to see another's side or position. Stubbornness. Who/what is being a pain in the neck?
Affirmation:I am peaceful with life

OVERWEIGHT PROBLEMS: Fear, feeling a deep need for emotional protection. Running away from feelings, insecurity.
Affirmation:I am at peace with my own feelings. I am safe where I am. I create my own security. I love and approve of myself.

PAIN: Self punishment, feeling emotional guilt.
Affirmation: I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my heart now.

PROSTATE ENLARGEMENT: Mental fears weakening the masculinity. Sexual pressure and feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
Affirmation: I accept my own power. I embrace life and feel young in spirit. I love and approve of myself.

SEIZURES: Running away from the self, family or from life.
Affirmation: I am at home in the Universe. I am safe and secure and understood.

SHOULDER PROBLEMS:: Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Feeling like life is a burden.
Affirmation: I choose to allow all of my experiences to be joyous and loving.

SINUS PROBLEMS:: Irritation to someone, usually someone close to you.
Affirmation: I choose to declare peace and harmony with all the individuals around me. I surround my self with love and goodwill.

SKIN CONDITIONS: Anxiety, fear, feeling threatened.
Affirmation: I lovingly protect myself with thoughts of joy and peace.

SLIPPED DISK: Feeling unsupported in life.
Affirmation: Life supports all of my thoughts; therefore, I love and approve of myself and all is well.

SOLAR PLEXAS: Ignoring 'gut reactions', or your own intuitions.
Affirmation: I trust my inner voice. I am strong, wise and powerful.

SORE THROAT: Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self.
Affirmation: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.

SNORING: Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns.
Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new and fresh and vital.

SPASMS: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.
Affirmation: I release, I relax and let go. I am safe in life.

STOMACH & INTESTINAL PROBLEMS: Dread, fear of the new, or not feeling nourished.
Affirmation: I digest life with ease

STROKE: Insecurity, lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.
Affirmation: Life is change, and I adapt easily to the new. I accept life - past, present and future.

TEETH PROBLEMS: Being indecisive, not being able to break down ideas for analysis and decisions.
Affirmation: I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest securely knowing that only right action is taking place in my life.

(T-Z) Spirit Meaning-Diseases & Affirmations
TESTICULAR PROBLEMS: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.
Affirmation: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.

THYROID PROBLEMS: Humiliation. Feeling repressed or put down. Feeling as if you never get to do what you want.
Affirmation: I move beyond old limitations and allow myself to express freely and creatively.

TUMORS: Nursing old hurts and shocks. Building on remorse
Affirmation: I lovingly release the past and turn my attention to this new day.

ULCERS: Fear, a strong belief that you are not good enough. "What is eating away at you?"
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am at peace. I am calm.

URINARY PROBLEMS: Feeling pissed off! Usually at the opposite sex or lover.
Affirmation: I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition. I am willing to change. I love and approve of myself.

VARICOSE VEINS: Standing in a situation you hate. Feeling over worked and over burdened.
Affirmation:I stand in truth and live and move in joy. I love life, and circulate freely.

HIVES (rash or Urticaria): Small, hidden fears. Mountains out of molehills.
Affirmation: I bring peace to every corner of my life.

OSTEOPOROSIS: Feeling there is no support left in life.
Affirmation:I stand up for myself and Life supports me in unexpected, loving ways.

The Complete Guide To The 7 Chakras – For Beginners

The entire universe is made of energy, and your body is no exception. Long before modern technology and science, ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force with them. They called the centers of energy that move inside of us, the 7 chakras. So what are the seven chakras?

Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally translates to wheel. This is because the life force, or prana, that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. This spinning energy has 7 centers in your body, starting at the base of your spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head.

In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide exactly the right amount of energy to every part of your body, mind and spirit. However, if one of your chakras is too open and spinning too quickly, or if it is too closed and moving slowly, your health will suffer. By learning about the 7 chakras, you can become more in tune with the natural energy cycles of your body. You can use this information to connect physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras that empower them. Of course, with those discoveries you can begin to balance your chakras and live a healthy and harmonious life.


The 7 Chakras for Beginners

Before diving right into learning about the seven chakras and what each of them do, take a moment now to tune in to your body and see if you can feel your chakras at work. For beginners, those chakra exercises may seem “odd” – simply go with the flow and soon, you will not be a chakra beginner any longer Think of this exercise like an introduction; you’re tuning in for, perhaps, the very first time.

  • First, start by making sure you’re in a quiet space. If you can’t be right now, just return to this section of the article later. But if you can, sit quietly for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Let tension and stress slide away for just a moment. Just be in the moment, with your body.

  • Now, bring your attention to the base of your spine, your tailbone, and imagine a bright spinning red light. Feel it pulsing and rotating with your breath. Sit with that for a moment.

  • Move your attention up your spine to the area a couple of inches below your belly button. Feel the warmth of a bright, orange spinning light. Again, notice how it moves with your breath.

  • Guide your attention further up to a couple inches above your belly button. You’re probably familiar with this area, because when you feel strong emotions like love or fear, you likely feel it here. Notice how you can sense the intense yellow light rotating in that spot.

  • Bring your attention further up to the center of your chest where your heart is. This area harnesses a bright green light. When you’re touched or moved, you might instinctively place your hand over this spot. Connect with that area now.

  • Then, bring your attention to your throat, the dip in between your collar bones. Imagine a bright blue light spinning in that area. You may feel the urge to swallow or clear your throat as you think of it.

  • Next, move your attention up to the space on your forehead between your eyebrows, your third eye. This area holds a deep indigo rotating light. Imagine yourself becoming wiser as it spins and becomes brighter.

  • Finally, shift your attention to the very top of your head. Imagine a vibrant, spinning violet light that shines right out of the top of your body. This light connects you to the universe. Feel the peace that comes with noticing this light.


1. Root Chakra — Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.

  • Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money and food.


2. Sacral Chakra — Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.

  • Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality.


3. Solar Plexus Chakra — Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.

  • Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.


4. Heart Chakra — Our ability to love.

  • Location: Center of chest just above the heart.

  • Emotional issues: Love, joy and inner peace.


5. Throat Chakra — Our ability to communicate.

  • Location: Throat.

  • Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.


6. Third Eye Chakra — Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).

  • Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.


7. Crown Chakra — The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

  • Location: The very top of the head.

  • Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality and pure bliss.

What Does Namaste Even Mean, Anyway?

If you've ever attended a yoga class, you know that every practice ends with the instructor putting their hands together in prayer position in front of their chest or their third eye (between your two eyes) and saying Namaste. These days, you'll see Namaste pop up on workout tanks and internet memes like "Namaste in bed," but the original Sanskrit term holds much deeper meaning.

What does Namaste mean?

In English, Namaste translates to "I bow to you" or "The divine in me honors the divine in you." But it's not meant to have a religious sentiment as it sounds. The meaning of Namaste is a mantra of peace and equality to live by on and off the mat. Here, some yoga instructors share what Namaste means to their practice and how they impart its positive message to their students.

What does Namaste mean in yoga?

It’s a greeting for your soul

In India or other areas where Sanskrit is spoken, Namaste is a greeting in everyday life to simply address someone, but in yoga, it's a more profound gesture of respect toward another person. Francesca de Luca, a certified yoga teacher in Rome, Italy, says that when you say Namaste, you connect to your divine soul. "From that 'sacred space,' you bow to the divine in the person in front of you," she says.

“When we talk about the divine, we aren't referring to something religious, but to the most pure or elevated part of ourselves—to our inner light, to our spirit,” de Luca explains.

Crystal McCreary, a certified yoga instructor in New York City, says that saying Namaste can be another way to bring more authenticity to yoga and help people feel more welcome in class and in the community. “Namaste can often be misused as a greeting, particularly if the practitioner who is actually saying it perpetuates a harmful, culturally appropriative yogic environment that does not honor where yoga comes from,” McCreary says.

It connects people to the yoga community

Every yoga class ends in Savasana, aka corpse pose, but Namaste is the true closer. For many instructors, Namaste allows them to connect to all of their students, whether they're beginners or advanced, and offer a gesture of deep understanding toward them. “For me in a yoga class, embracing the practice of Namaste is about doing my best to take my yoga students in when I greet, teach, and say goodbye to them. I try to fully see them,” McCreary says.

McCreary says that Namaste is a way to strengthen an instructor's relationship with their students and make them feel like they're a part of the practice. “A feeling of being included, an experience of their needs being considered and valued, as if their experience and their humanity is respected, and that the studio staff is committed to offering them a nourishing experience of yoga,” she adds. Namaste—when used genuinely—serves as a way to acknowledge that each student is just as valued in the practice as the instructor.

It establishes equality among everyone in the practice

When an instructor says Namaste at the end of class, students usually repeat it back. Morgan Perry, certified yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Unwined, says that during class, the teacher is the leader in the room. But when students echo Namaste back to the instructor at the end of class, it puts everyone on the same level.

"Offering more intimate greetings are clues to finding deeper, more sacred human connectedness because truly seeing someone has the capacity to bring forth a richer shared connection,” McCreary says.

A main principle of Namaste is to create an atmosphere of equality regardless of the type of yoga, whether it’s a solo practice or a huge group doing a Bikram yoga session. Jeremy Robinson, a certified Acro yoga instructor, holistic health coach, and owner of Austin Holistic Fitness, believes in the importance of using Namaste to cultivate a relationship of trust and friendship among yoga partners.

"Saying Namaste at the end of an Acro yoga practice is the equivalent of saying 'I support you and thank you for supporting me,'” Robinson says. Robinson also says it adds a strong sense of self-respect, which is an essential part of building a trusting relationship in Acro yoga or any type of yoga. “Take care of yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and bring that self-love into a friendship and partnership in Acro,” he says.

How to live Namaste principles outside of class

It allows yogis to open up to each other

Because Namaste is a greeting that connects people, it can also be an invitation to begin socializing after class has ended. In certain settings, it can be the perfect jumping off point for great conversation.

“Yoga Unwined adds a social component to yoga, so if you think of Namaste as a greeting or acknowledgment of others, this is something that happens in our classes organically between students," Perry says. "In our classes, the last half hour is very social. The wine tasting is interactive and then students get to chat with each other after class," Perry adds. When you keep in mind the true meaning of Namaste, you acknowledge that you have this yoga practice in common with other people, so it ultimately helps you open yourself up to others.

It helps you respect others

Recognizing the “divine” in others is the first step toward bringing Namaste into practice outside the mat. “When we relate to other people, we shouldn't judge them from their appearance or their position within society. We should always try to see the good in them, their light, their beautiful soul,” de Luca stresses. This idea also involves being open to others’ views and perspectives, no matter where they’re coming from. McCreary makes a point to greet each of her students as a way to makes them feel safe and at ease immediately. “Part of doing that means that I greet them with a smile and joy, and in a way that implies both ‘I see you’ and ‘I love you,’” she says.

Implementing more Namaste into your everyday life starts with simple gestures. “Everyone can start with very small things, like listening more from the heart when someone talks to us. Connect to their soul beyond the words they use or pause for a moment instead of reacting quickly to bad situations. Just to have the time to breathe,” McCreary says. Namaste is all about enriching any environment with compassion. “Every classroom community, but a yoga classroom in particular, should be a place where—at the minimum—we aim to practice greeting, seeing, and listening to the fullness of one another’s humanity, whether we say Namaste or not.”