“Important,” “Significant,” “Popular,” or “Celebrity”? /// Who’s Yr Teacher?

Recently, a discussion arose between some Babarazzini regarding the differences between what constitutes being a very “popular” yoga instructor and being a “celebrity” yoga instructor. While unpacking the terms we realized that the two were, in most cases, very different in both feeling and tone. It seemed natural to throw these and a couple other signifiers and their general definitions out into the yoga blogosphere with the hopes that in doing so people might have access to a more refined vocabulary when discussing a yoga instructor’s “status.” Of course, a person, being an anarchic explosion of God-Love will probably possess aspects of a number of these terms. However, we do feel that certain yoga teachers tend to hover more closely within the polymorphous meanings of one or the other.

So, who’s your teacher?

Is s/he…

IMPORTANT: “Of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being….” (Google)

Is s/he…

SIGNIFICANT: “Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.” (Google)

Is s/he…

POPULAR: “regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general…. of, pertaining to, or representing the people, especially the common people…” (wiki)

Or, is s/he…

A CELEBRITY: “a person who has a prominent profile and commands a great degree of public fascination and influence in day-to-day media. The term is synonymous with wealth (commonly denoted as a person with fame and fortune)…. (wiki)

Or, think of it this way:

IMPORTANT (POPULAR & SIGNIFICANT)

Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD)

SIGNIFICANT (IMPORTANT & POPULAR)

John Malkovich (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH)

POPULAR (IMPORTANT & SIGNIFICANT)

Susan Sarandon

CELEBRITY

Alf

7 comments

  1. amphibi1yogini

    ALF (Alien Life Form) from back in the day …. GOOD one!

    This shows that celebrity yoga teachers are puppets in some way or another: the media, their own social standing, politics, their fans and followers, corporate sponsors… oh, I forgot to mention the gurus in their lineage (but those may be last on their list–and those could be puppets themselves) …

  2. Yoga Dude

    Which of the Heathers would you label as; Important, Significant, Popular and Celebrity and why?

    I love that movie…

  3. LShark

    Interesting, but reductionist over-simplified. I have yet – in my many years – to meet any person at all whose motives are clear and simple enough to be categorized so casually. Using ALF as an example of celebrity oversimplifies and dehumanizes those who (for whatever personal, complicated reasons) have chosen to pursue the limelight. While I would be extremely uncomfortable with that limelight myself, I do see how many people could be drawn to it, and for a vast array of reasons. A quest for celebrity status could be empty, vacuous, a desperate cry for attention. It could also be a method by which one gains support and energizes others towards an “important” and “significant” cause. Or it could be anywhere in between, or something entirely different. There’s significant danger of unjust condemnation when one relies on 2-dimensional categorization of those who are easy pickings because of their broadband familiarity.

    • ALF’s FACE was made for 2-dimensional media – such as TV… plenty of planes for the camera … which makes it the perfect choice among puppets …

      Just an observation …

      Then again, what would any social movement be without the appointed celebrities at its center, publicizing the cause …

  4. LShark

    Yeah… just my point: it isn’t really fair to assign someone the status of “puppet” based soley on their status as a “celebrity.”

  5. Yoga Whelp

    In a world of poorly trained yogini wannabes seeking community-based vainglory and a part-time alternative to dog-walking, waitressing and a dead end job in the office pool, I’d settle for —

    Mature
    Competent
    Effective

    Something to justify spending $20 on – instead of say, a case of beer, or a really good porn video.

  6. AM

    A family friend used to call me Alf. (it’s the nose)

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