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?
IMPORTANT: “Of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being….” (Google)
SIGNIFICANT: “Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.” (Google)
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)
SIGNIFICANT (IMPORTANT & POPULAR)
POPULAR (IMPORTANT & SIGNIFICANT)