The notion of the Divine in yoga is closely related to the concepts of atman and brahman. Atman is the individual Self, Consciousness or soul, while brahman is the universal Consciousness, or Absolute Reality. Because both atman and brahman are infinite, they are ultimately the same thing. Through yoga, it is possible to connect with the Divine of the individual Self (atman) and to reach oneness with the universal Consciousness (brahman).
The term namaste
, often said at the end of yoga classes, can be considered a reference to the Divine. One translation of the sentiment is: "The divine light in me honors the divine light in you." Therefore, the word acknowledges the belief that there is a spark of divinity within every individual.