What is Nerdmaste?

During yoga teacher training this weekend, the conversation turned towards language (as it often does). I was asking the trainees if they would feel comfortable closing their classes by saying namaste. They unanimously agreed that they would not.

When I asked what they might use instead, they said that they thought the word I use -nerdmaste - was cute, but didn't really understand what it meant. If you've ever wondered about the traditional namaste or our non-traditional nerdmaste, this is for you.

Let's start with the meaning of namaste. In India, the word namaste is a greeting that conveys respect. When saying the word, it is traditionally paired with hands pressed and a small bow. The word literally translate to "I bow to you."

In the western yogic context, the word has taken on a more spiritual aspect, considered to mean "the divine in me honors the divine in you" (or similar). It is this definition that I think of when I say nerdmaste. Sure it is a silly play on words, but that doesn't mean it can't be resonant and meaningful as well.

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To me, I am recognizing that we are all nerds in some way - our own way - sometimes similar or different from each other. But we are all deserving of respect and equity.

The nerd in me honors the nerd in you, friends.

Nerdmaste.

Justine Mastin (aka JustiniYogini) is proud to be the creator and fearless Leader of YogaQuest. Justine is also a psychotherapist in private practice.

Justine Mastin (aka JustiniYogini) is proud to be the creator and fearless Leader of YogaQuest. Justine is also a psychotherapist in private practice.