Written by Cyndi Lee
Published on Elephant Journal | July 30, 2014
Two-hundred hours seems like a lot, especially when you are smack dab in the middle of a yoga teacher training program.
This can be melt down time for many trainees as they face the reality that the more you learn about yoga, the more you realize you can never learn it all.
Mr. Iyengar reminded us of how deep and wide yoga is when he said, “Yoga is an ocean.” The ocean is used as analogy for patience in Mahayana Buddhism’s Path of the Bodhisattva.
Bodhi means awake and Sattva means existence. So, a Bodhisattva is a person who lives an awakened life with the aspiration to help others awaken, too, no matter how long it takes, even more than 200 hours!
This is also one way to think about being a good yoga teacher; to understand that when we are teaching, that is our practice. When we are on the mat, we are engaged in asana practice. But when we are in front of a group of yoga students on their mats, then our practice is that of teaching.