Namaste is a Sanskrit word and according to Wikipedia is "a customary greeting when people meet or farewell." At Newark Yoga Movement we like to teach that Namaste means "I see the good in you. You see the good in me. We see the good in each other."
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In 2010, Newark Yoga Movement was in it's first year and it's founder was teaching at a really tough high school. There were lock downs, metal detectors, and a constant presence of police. The founder was involved in "sworms" where students hovered and had water fights-- blocking hallways. The teachers were amazed that the students actually enjoyed yoga.
One day, Debby was in this particular high school and an 11th grade boy approached her and said "Hey." He then put his hands together at his chest and said "Namaste." At that moment, Debby knew that "Hey, Namaste" was going to be an important part of Newark Yoga Movement.
When a class of 1st grade students in Newark was asked what they thought would happen if their entire school said "Namaste"to each other in the hallway, one 1st grader responded
"there would be no more bullying."