After class recently, a student asked me the meaning of namaste and why I say it at the end of each class. Simply, namaste is loosely translated to "the light in me honors the light in you". It is a sign of respect between student and teacher.
Namaste is performed with the hands in Anjali Mudra, in prayer manner in front of the heart center. Each hand represents something different. One hand represents the Self, or spiritual aspect. The other hand represents the self, or worldly being. By placing the hands together, you are connecting yourself with the other person and showing respect and love. The gesture has the same meaning without actually saying Namaste and is a common greeting.