I am so thankful for my own teacher who is taking 16 of her students to India as I write. That is dedication. You know what I’m saying if you have ever been part of a class trip as a teacher or as a parent. The conditions change little with the student’s age. Fortunately for her a lot of her students on this trip are former teachers themselves. Still, being responsible for safety, well being, and the introduction to India is a big deal. Your teacher is not that person that you take workshops from, or who has the famous shala, or one of the headliners in the yoga festival. They are always traveling, with pre planned schedules of a year in advance. They are inspiring us and have excellent instruction tips, but they are not nurturing your progress every morning in the Mysore room. Your teacher is in the room every morning, sending you an email if she has not seen you in a few days to make sure you are okay, not to guilt you in to coming in. Your teacher either runs the shala or has a travel schedule. That is why staying in Mysore for at least a month makes sense. How else would Sharath be able to help your practice if he was always traveling and doing retreats and workshops? I am not saying you can never leave your students unattended, I am saying that your teacher is the one who has a home base where you can spend time learning there. It is a stable and steady place that you travel to find knowledge if you don’t have anyone close by, or are yourself a teacher who needs nurturing as well. The traveling teacher is also a wonderful resource but not the one who knows your practice.