Namaste-Divine Within-Traditional Sanskrit Greeting-Yoga and Meditation

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MEANING: “The Divine within me, acknowledges and honors the Divine within you.” Pronounced nah-mah-stay, it is a Sanskrit word of traditional greeting that represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us, located in the heart chakra. To perform Namaste, place the hands together in prayer mudra (hand gesture) at the heart charka (energy center), close the eyes, and bow the head. Bringing the hands together at the heart chakra increases the flow of Divine Love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes allows the mind to surrender to the Divine in the Heart. This greeting is often used at the beginning and ending of yoga practice. By focusing on the flow of energy (Divine Love) from the Heart Chakra, Namaste becomes a meditation technique that brings your awareness deeper into the heart. This is a wonderful gift for someone who practices yoga and/or meditation. 

THE CARVING: Our carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings.  Each carving begins as a 1 X 12 inch cedar board.  While we use power tools (Scroll Saw, Rotary shaft Tool, handheld detail sanders etc.), we use no laser’s, CNC machines or computer operated cutting machines.  All work is done with our hands and eyes… 

We cut the 2 dimensional blanks with scroll and jig saws (double-sized custom orders have to be cut with jigsaw). Carving is done with rotary shaft tools and disc grinders. The 80 grit sanding is the final phase of the carving process, removing the nicks and gouges from the carving tools, and finishes the shaping of the weave. The next 2 sandings with 120 then 220 grit finishes the smoothing and polishing. They are finished with Clear Danish Oil to seal the piece, bringing out the grain and the color.

SIZE: One picture has the piece on a quilting board, lined up on the 1 inch marks. The quilting board, at its simplest, is a one inch grid. So with the piece on the board, you look at the top and follow the line to the left and look at the right side at the widest point and follow the line to the bottom and you have height by width...but wait! It's not that easy! The way this board I have is laid out, if I lined it up on the zero points it would cover up the numbers and on some pieces you wouldn't be able to see, I line it up on the 1 inch marks which means when you get the numbers, you have to subtract 1 inch... TA DA! Measurements may vary slightly from piece to piece.