Many students ask why Yoga teachers begin and end classes with the word "Namesté". "Namesté" is one of the world's great spiritual greetings. Originally from the Hindu religion, "Namesté" was taken on by Yoga (which is non-religious) because of its powerful spiritual message. In essence, the greeting can be translated to mean "I celebrate or honour the place in you where we are One". As the essence of Yoga is to unite or yoke together, the greeting sums up Yoga's philosphy in one word.