The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” ~Aadil Palkhivala
The gesture of placing the hands, palms together, in front of the heart chakra is the same as verbalizing the word Namaste. This deep form of respect is traditionally done before and after yoga class; however, in the west it is more common after class.
Namaste encourages individuals to recognize each other energetically in a timeless space of pure connection, free from the bonds of ego, fear and judgment.