Om Namah Shivaya – our mantra for the week.
In Sanskrit, the meaning of the chant is relatively simple:
Om– Ever present, it is the pulse of the universe and the source of our whole being.
Namah– A word that means to bow.
Shivaya– Literally it means Shiva; but more than that, it represents the inner self.
When understood fully, the phrase translates to “I bow to the inner Self”. In class, you may have heard me say, “bow to the teacher within”.
A wonderful set of words that expresses exactly how I feel as I end each and every practice. Bowing to the teacher within me is saluting all of my wisdom and where it stems from. It is how I respect my journey and honor all those who have made it possible.
For your reference, here is an audio link to the pronunciation of Om Namah Shivaya