With the pronunciation of this word, accompanied by his particular gesture will convey your desire is to promote a real encounter, imbued with respect of the other person, regardless of race or age is because namaste only understands of be. It is not cultural appropriation when Yoga is referenced as part of a Hindu framework. It IS cultural appropriation when you ‘steal’ Yoga and call it ‘Christian Yoga’ or some other nonsense. Yoga cannot arise from a Christian context, it cannot arise from a Buddhist context, it cannot arise from any other context. It can ONLY arise from a Hindu context, because Hinduism has the basic framework to support Yoga as a practice. Yoga has deep connections to the larger context of Hinduism, and how the various processes work, and so on; if you don’t subscribe to Hinduism, then you can’t go around claiming that you’ve modified Yoga or that you have borrowed this or that, because quite frankly, you have no idea what you’re doing. When Hindu framework says that Yoga causes fundamental changes in the individual, that is not some arbitrary thing — the changes it causes are tied to our Vedas, Shastras, and the entire compendium of Vedic knowledge that ties together the atman, paramatma, brahman, vishnu, shiva, and the physiological, psychological, spiritual framework. They are all connected. They are not just arbitrarily named, so you can’t just arbitrarily change the process, its labels, its practice, etc. especially since you have no idea what you’re doing.
Cultural appropriation means to steal something from another culture, particularly in the context where there is no acknowledgement of the cultural context, or when previously that culture was eradicated by those who are appropriating their practices and their knowledge systems. There is a tremendous weighty baggage of stolen crap as a direct result of colonization, slavery, and all sorts of negative practices of the past, which have had serious and detrimental consequences across the globe. Those people that have been impacted have a right to stake a claim on what is theirs. You don’t get a right to dictate anything to those disaffected people, if you truly acknowledge your hand in their sufferings. If bows are too stiff for you, then try a curtsy? Curtsies can be described as a variant of the bow that can be used for more informal greetings. It involves bending a knee with the foot behind the other and a slight bow of the head and was initially designed as the female version of male genuflection. But since it’s a pandemic, now would probably be a good time to break that little gender block. And let’s not forget that pop culture has also given us some gems that can replace contact based greetings. As another Twitter user Javed Anwer pointed out, the Vulcan symbol popularised by the film and tv franchise Star Trek as the greeting salutation of Captain Spock’s home planet, was yet another alternative.