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Yoga Hero: Teachers Podcast – Episode 19

19: Overcome imposter syndrome as a yoga teacher

Do you find that you have endless passion to share yoga with people, but you’re held back by self-doubt? You worry you have a lack of authority, a lack of knowledge, a lack of experience? You think ‘why would people want to come to my classes? Why would people want to learn this from me…?!’

This is imposter syndrome, and this podcast episode explores what imposter syndrome is, and how to overcome it – plus we have a 3 day Shatter Imposter Syndrome challenge which goes much more in to detail about what imposter syndrome is, how it can affect you, big things and little things that you can do in your life, and your teaching to beat the imposter syndrome. To join this Shatter Imposter Syndrome challenge, simply go to yogahero.co.uk/shatter

In this episode we start off with a look at what imposter syndrome is, and the impact that it can have on our lives, before looking at how to reduce and overcome that impact.

Now let’s remember that we’re sharing yoga; something that has endless possible benefits to people, something that helps people live with less pain, less stress, more presence. So when we are held back by imposter syndrome, it doesn’t benefit anyone; not us, not our yogis, not our potential future yogis, so it really is important to overcome it….

Which we can do, together!

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– Creation of your very own mantra to keep imposter syndrome at bay after our challenge completes

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    Previous Episodes of Yoga Hero: Teachers Podcast

    Episode 43: Should yoga teachers care about money?

    Episode 42: Should yoga teachers demo while teaching?

    Episode 41: Should yoga teachers use Sanskrit?

    Episode 40: The business of teaching Yoga Nidra

    Episode 39: How to develop a consistent Yoga Nidra practice (even with a busy life)

    Episode 38: A Yoga Nidra for yoga teachers

    Episode 37: Yoga Nidra: The art of sleeping to wake up

    Episode 36:: How I Became a Full-Time Yoga Teacher

    Episode 35: How to Become a Full-Time Yoga Teacher

    Episode 34: Balancing having a job and teaching yoga

    Episode 33: Balancing Parenting and Teaching Yoga

    Episode 32: How to teach yoga workshops

    Episode 31: How much to charge for your yoga classes

    Episode 30: How to create your yoga brand

    Episode 29: How to layer your asana classes with yoga philosophy

    Episode 28: What’s your WHY as a yoga teacher

    Episode 27: Setting up your own classes as a yoga teacher

    Episode 26: How would you teach yoga if you weren’t afraid?

    Episode 25: Do I need a yoga brand?

    Episode 24: Tips for new yoga teachers

    Episode 23: Define who you are as a yoga teacher

    Episode 22: Yoga adjustments: Some important considerations

    Episode 21: Tips for teaching yoga beginners

    Episode 20: The joys of being a yoga teacher

    Episode 19: Overcome imposter syndrome as a yoga teacher

    Episode 18: Create your social media calendar

    Episode 17: A complete guide to sequencing yoga classes

    Episode 16: Do you need to teach a new yoga sequence each week?

    Episode 15: Introducing yoga philosophy in to your asana classes

    Overcome imposter syndrome as a yoga teacher – Transcript

    Hello and welcome to our Yoga Hero Teachers Podcast. This podcast has been designed to help yoga teachers teach with passion, avoid burn out and earn a fair living.

    This episode is all about overcoming imposter syndrome as a yoga teacher.

    Do you find that you have endless passion to share yoga with people, you have so many ideas fuelled by the practice of yoga but you’re held back by self-doubt? You worry you have a lack of authority, a lack of knowledge, a lack of experience? You think ‘why would people want to come to my classes? Why would people want to learn this from me…?!’

    This podcast episode explores what imposter syndrome is, and how to overcome it, and we have our 3 day Shatter Imposter Syndrome challenge which goes much more in to detail about what imposter syndrome is, how it can affect you, big things and little things that you can do in your life – and in your teaching – to beat imposter syndrome.

    We’ll start off with a look at what imposter syndrome is, and the impact that it can have on our lives, before looking at how to reduce and overcome that impact.
    The definition of imposter syndrome is: A phenomenon in which people feel that they’re not worthy of their success, and they have a persistent belief in their lack of ability, skills or competence, despite evidence to the contrary.

    I’ll read that again.

    A phenomenon in which people feel that they’re not worthy of their success, and they have a persistent belief in their lack of ability, skills or competence, despite evidence to the contrary.

    Let’s break that down:

    People FEEL that they’re not WORTHY of their SUCCESSSo; it’s a feeling, not a fact; open to your subjectivity, your paradigms, your views, your interpretation, your memories. But it’s not fact.

    SUCCESS
    as we go through this episode and through the challenge, keep in your mind what you think success looks or feels like; how you see success in others, and then in your own life, again just let this be ticking over in the background

    PERSISTENT BELIEF in their LACK OF ABILITY
    so this links with self-worth and comparison with others. But the key word here is belief – it’s not fact. A belief is something that can be changed

    SKILLS / COMPETENCE
    your views on your skills or competence are – of course – subjective, and coloured by comparison with others

    DESPITE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY
    this is what indicates that the facts are different to the belief or the feeling

    So let’s go through the definition one more time:A phenomenon in which people feel that they’re not worthy of their success, and they have a persistent belief in their lack of ability, skills or competence, despite evidence to the contrary.

    Imposter syndrome commonly manifests in the following ways:

    • Overworking
    • Over preparing
    • Avoiding new things
    • Procrastination
    • Self-doubt
    • Insecurity
    • Perfectionism
    • Self-criticism

    These feelings and experiences are part of being a human, but any combination of some or all of the above, when experienced often, can and will affect your life.

    Now let’s take a moment here to remember that we’re sharing yoga; something that has endless possible benefits to people, something that helps people live with less pain, less stress, more presence. So when we are held back by imposter syndrome, it doesn’t benefit anyone; not us, not our yogis, not our potential future yogis, so it really is important to overcome it.

    This podcast is all about helping yoga teachers teach with passion, so teaching yoga not held back by self-doubt. You know, we’re not looking to completely remove all nervousness, we’re not looking to replace acute imposter syndrome with acute confidence; but we are looking to find a healthy place in which we can confidently share our knowledge of yoga, without being paralysed by anxiety, without working ourselves in to the ground overworking and over-preparing. A small element of nervousness is helpful; it keeps you on your toes and ensures that what you’re delivering has value to it.

    Those experiencing imposter syndrome often mistake feelings of apprehension and nervousness for a sign that they haven’t prepared enough, but actually, the apprehension is a sign that you care.

    Ok, so now we know what imposter syndrome is, the different ways that it might manifest in you, and how it impacts on our ability to teach yoga.
    So now, we want to look at the ways to overcome imposter syndrome.

    • Create a fact file of successes

    Start off your fact file of successes – this is a document or a physical folder, or a folder on your computer, that you can refer back to any time, to provide evidence to yourself that you are successful, and the reason you are successful is because of your ability, skills and / or competence. Your fact file might be full of things that make people green with envy, or it might be more ‘run of the mill’ things that were hard for you but you achieved them anyway. No one ever needs to see this list. The sole purpose is to provide you with your own evidence base. Remember, imposter syndrome is having a persistent belief in lack of ability, skills or competence. So let’s build an evidence base to the contrary that you can’t argue with.

    • Gently push your boundaries

    In your yoga teaching, get out of your comfort zone, but comfortably so. Haha! Only you know where you are now, what boundaries you have in place and where you want to be. Start slow and start small. Pick a boundary and smash it to the ground! And do it today! Maybe that’s booking in teaching a workshop on something that you love, or enrolling a course, or something. When you get a doubting, nagging feeling, simply pause – notice the feeling in your body, acknowledge it, breathe deep and continue! Remember that one of the ways that imposter syndrome can manifest is as procrastination. So, no dilly-daillying. You probably already know what you want to do, so go go go – do it!

    • Journal

    You might like to journal this process. Let’s say you want to put on a workshop to help office workers reduce their stress levels. You think of a name, write up the blurb, and just as you’re picking a date, your imposter syndrome starts up: This workshop sounds pants, you’re going to have to make it more exciting. Or, you’re charging far too much, no one will pay that with your lack of experience. You get the picture! Pause, and write down these thoughts. Sometimes seeing them on paper removes all their power.

    • Social media cleanse

    Comparison is the thief of joy! Be mindful when scrolling scrolling a) that you’re looking at peoples’ highlights and b) if there’s anyone who makes you feel bad about yourself, just unfollow them. You can always re-follow when you’ve done more work on overcoming imposter syndrome.

    • Ask for feedback

    Ask your yogis for feedback; why do they come to you, instead of another yoga teacher, or instead of doing something else entirely like going the pub or watching TV? This might go straight in to your fact file of successes!

    All of these are laid out, talked through and added to in our challenge, so come join us, and to confirm, it’s completely free!

    Let’s recap! Imposter syndrome is most certainly a thing, but it can be overcome, and by doing so, you’ll be benefitting yourself, your current and your future yogis, and maybe even your loved ones too.

    Overcoming imposter syndrome isn’t a quick process, it’s something that you need to attend to over time, and it’s not linear either, you’ll have days where you are super confident in your ability and other days where you want to hide somewhere because you’re feeling so exposed. If in doubt, start small, and build on the work you’ve done over time, motivated by the fact that overcoming imposter syndrome will make your yoga teaching even more enjoyable and even more effective.

    That’s all for now, lovely teachers!
    See you for our Shatter Imposter Syndrome challenge, ahhh can’t wait for it!

    We’d love to know how you’re finding these episodes, and if they’ve been helpful. Please do let me know by emailing hello@yogahero.co.uk or sending a DM to @yogahero_teachers on instagram.
    And, as always, happy teaching.