And thank you for the supportive response.
You know, you raise an interesting idea -- the possibility of not having a teacher for a period of time. I hadn't even considered that as an option (habits die hard, even if they're good ones).
I can see how it would be helpful in getting away from the attachment to being the good student & seeking the approval of the teacher, as well as competitiveness with other students and myself.
One of the reasons I detoured into Anusara is that I had developed such a negative relationship with my legs (really!) after years of being told in practically every class that they weren't working had enough, even as they were shaking with effort.
I had to find a place with a little slack, and I don't regret it -- my practice didn't stagnate, it grew in other areas. (I will be interested to find out, though, if I end up with another Iyengar teacher, what s/he thinks of my legs!)
There is another benefit of attending classes (other than having a teacher) which is feeling like being involved in a community of fellow-travellers, and I think I would miss that (plus, I work from home as a freelancer most days and am slightly fearful of becoming isolated, even though I have a spouse & am quite active in a folk music community).
And class is usually fun.
But I'm going to add the no-teacher possibility to the mixer and see what comes out!
This brings up a related aspect of the teacher/no teacher dialogue:
The yoga tradition is based on the notion that one needs to submit to the guru in order to advance spiritually. I think that's embedded in the Hindu tradition -- as much as the requirement to submit to God and a set of laws is in the Judeo/Christian world.
So is the person working without a teacher going to be doomed to self delusion?
I have another teacher (ha, ha -- I have a lot of teachers to give up -- I work on meditation with this one) who is a former swami in the Himalayan tradition and when I brought this issue up, he said "Yeah, well who's telling you that you must have a teacher... it's the TEACHER!"
I guess that's why he's a FORMER swami. He's big on finding the answer within oneself.
So maybe being able to be comfortable going without a teacher is a sign of maturity.