Why do we say 'Namaste' at the end of class?
Namaste translates into English as, “I bow to you”. It’s a gesture (saying the word along with the hands in anjali mudra or prayer hands) that represents the belief there’s a divine spark within every person’s heart and it’s an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another.
Usually, it's said at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful. The teacher ends with Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward the students and their own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage.