The salutation Namaste is probably one of the most commercialized aspects of yoga. Like so many things in our culture, the more it is used the less time people take to fully understand and appreciate the meaning. The fact that it was the title of a Beastie Boys track probably doesn’t help too much either.
Namaste in Sanskrit literally translates to “I bow to you.” It can be spoken or understood in the gesture of placing the hands in prayer at the heart chakra and bowing. “Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection” (Aadil Palkhivala, Yoga Journal). Namaste is utilized at the end of most yoga practices including CrossFit Scottsdale Yoga to recognize the physical energy that has been created and shared in that hour.
I believe it is this shared energy that draws so many to CrossFit and CrossFit Scottsdale specifically. Take a second to really observe any class or stop by any challenge and you can just feel it. The shared physical activity is just the obvious visible part. There is also an energy during class and competitions that you can’t describe but can feel resonating within. If you are not sure what I’m talking about you weren’t at the Hoper Challenge this past Saturday. The Hopper Challenge finals on February 27th will surely have that same energy so plan on attending and competing.
To all of my fellow CrossFitters I bow to you and thank you for sharing your beautiful energy with me. Namaste.