Namaste. We say it at the end of yoga class, but it is a traditional Hindu greeting. Namaste. I say it at the end of yoga class, even though some Christians think it’s blasphemy. (My priest would disagree.)

Namaste. I didn’t plan to choose a “word” for 2017, but namaste chose me.


According to many sources, “namaste” is an ancient Sanskrit word that means 

I bow to the divine in you.

Yoga instructors often expand on “namaste” with a phrase like this:

 It may have been my priest whom I first heard say it this way: 

In adopting namaste as my word for 2017, I am committing to recognize the light in everyone I encounter, to respect their experiences, to honor their right to different opinions, and to appreciate their gifts and talents.

Today’s Wednesday Word is involvement. I think committing to approach others with a namaste will improve my involvement and engagement with those around me.

Deb Runs

Did you chose a word for 2017?

Are you going to be involved with something new this year?

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21 Responses to ~Namaste~

  1. Carla says:

    it was my FAVORITE FAVORITE WORD OF THE DAY yesterday here as well.
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  2. Ooooh, that’s a really cool word, Coco! Love it.

    Organizing (or being part of organizing) a girls’ weekend — sincerely hoping we all make it! — that’s a new one for me. And I didn’t even set out to do it.
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  3. I never do the whole Word thing for the year because I would probably forget about it a few months in..lol

  4. I love your choice and I wish that more people were able to adopt the ability to see the good and respect opinions of others. It would make the world a much happier place.
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  5. Namaste is one of my favorite expressions. I think you picked a great word!
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  6. HoHo Runs says:

    The light in me… I like that interpretation. I’ve been tossing around ideas about what I want out of 2017. Finding Joy seems to be a recurring theme. Namaste!

  7. I love that. Beautiful word for the year. So much meaning to it. My vision for 2017 is simplicity!

  8. I haven’t chosen word for me yet but Namaste is good one. I haven’t been to yoga in month and really miss it. One of the things I enjoy most about yoga is the quote and intentons that are set at the beginning of class.

  9. Marcia says:

    Beautiful post and beautiful word! I’ve not chosen a word yet. Soon.
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  10. That’s a beautiful word, and it impact everyone you will encounter. I think everyone has a “light” inside of them…though it’s not always easy to see it shine.
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  11. Jenn says:

    It’s so interesting how a word can have so much power, and how people can be so opposed to just a few letters.

    Namaste is a great word. And sentiment. I have found a lot of peace through yoga classes, and I have allowed myself to open myself up to let that peace in.

    I think this word will serve you well this year.
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  12. Annie B says:

    One of my favourite words. I find myself saying it just to release let alone after a yoga class. It has so many levels. Great word!

  13. Toni says:

    Great word! If I had to choose one it would be consistency. I need to be more consistent with everything in my life this year.
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  14. I love it! What a beautiful word to chose for what it represents!
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  15. What a wonderful word to guide your year as it has been a year where our country has been filled with extremely differing viewpoints. We must all respect and honor each others differences!
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  16. That’s a great word to live by! I didn’t really pick a word or set any resolutions for 2017, but if I were to, it would be to find the fun in as much as I can.

    Thanks for linking up!
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  17. I love your choice of word for setting the tone for your year. There are so many facets of life in which namaste can be applied and used.
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  18. Ruth says:

    I love this word for all of 2017! Namaste is creative and such a genuine choice. As an optimistic person, I appreciate the concept of looking for the light in others and becoming more mindful about that. Thank you for the inspiring word of the year 🙂

  19. I love that word! I might have to use it for my mantra as well 🙂 I always love when they end yoga classes with “The light in me sees the light in you.”
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  20. The right word to describe your gratefulness in life,isn’t it? Being happy and contented to everything!
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