Those new to the practice of yoga often wonder why we chant "OM" in
class & what the heck we are saying at the end.  What is Namaste?  
Hopefully this explains it for you...

To those practicing yoga, no symbol is more powerful than the symbol
of OM/AUM.

It is believed that the Latin word Omne and the Sanskrit word AUM are
both derived from the same root meaning all.  Both words convey the
concepts of omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience.

In Sanskrit,
A is represented by the upper curve and symbolizes the
conscious/   waking state

U is represented by the long lower curve and represents the
dream state

M is represented by the curve emerging from the centre and
symbolizes the deep, dreamless state.

The crescent represents Maya, the veil of illusion.
The dot represents the transcendental state.
The entire symbol represents the state of Samadhi (ultimate
bliss and enlightenment).

**Om translation from Sivananda
Namaste ...meaning,  "The light in me, bows to the light in you."
Yoga is like music.
The rhythm of the body,
the melody of the mind
and the harmony of the soul
create the symphony of life.
-BKS Iyengar
Om Shanti ...meaning peace.
Om Shanti in your words, your mind and your soul.
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