Shatter Imposter Syndrome – Day 5

Shatter Imposter Syndrome

Day 5

Oh yogis. It’s the last (official) day of our challenge… how did that happen?

Needless to say, that today is about putting together what we’ve learnt, with intention to keep the good stuff going. Let’s do this together! Join us on Instagram Live @yogahero_teachertraining at 5:00pm (or catch up later), for an intention setting session to Shatter Imposter Syndrome for good!

A recap:

Day 1

  • We started to understand what imposter syndrome is
  • We took a look at how it can affect us
  • We took time for a short meditation, to give us food for thought; things to ponder over over the course of today, so that tomorrow we have more clarity and understanding, on which we can build

Day 2

We took a little more time to understand how imposter syndrome affects you, and how you can harness the effects of imposter syndrome for good in your life.

Day 3

Day 3 was a biggy! I was time to break down the barriers that we’ve created because of imposter syndrome!

Day 4

Day 4 – we grew even more! You picked something bigger, something that made you squirm a little more, something that felt further away; but you did it anyway!

To remember, as you go on in life:

The Imposter Roommate!

As yoga teachers, we know that thoughts aren’t facts. Thoughts are not facts. Just because you find yourself thinking ‘you can’t do this, it’s too big of an undertaking’ does not mean that that is now fact. I know that you can hear it inside your own head, I know it sounds like you. But it’s not you.

Let’s take inspiration from Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul and fully externalise this voice. Let’s call it the Imposter Roommate. Whatever you wouldn’t take from your roommate, don’t take it from the Imposter Roommate! 

Use social media mindfully

Imposter syndrome is fed by comparison. Comparison is rife on social media. This isn’t saying ‘get off facebook and instagram immediately, for good’, as there’s a lot of very informative accounts out there, plus social media will be fulfilling the need for community for many people. But, if social media use isn’t checked, if it isn’t mindful, it can fuel the imposter syndrome fire. Unfollow anyone that makes you feel that you’re a fraud. Make sure than when you’re scrolling, you’re taking in useful information, and anything that’s not beautiful or useful (this is a Marie Kondo inspired social media cleanse!) gets unfollowed!

Continue to build daily happiness habits

  • Keep removing barriers – if there’s something you want to do, but you’re being held back – dig in and work out why that is, relate that to what we’ve learnt and break down the barrier
  • Be mindful – be present in what you’re doing. It’s so easy to be on to the next thing, planning, budgeting, trying to fit everything in, but peacefulness can come from being in the present moment
  • Positive bias! Notice the negative bias and meet it with something positive again and again, for ever 
  • Journal – writing down thoughts can help you see how silly they are. Writing down successes helps you to acknowledge them

BUT remember. Even if you do this to the absolute very best of your ability, there will still be very hard, very pants days. That doesn’t mean that you’ve failed. It means that you’re human.

Keep asking for feedback

Yep. Ask your yogis for feedback. You’re going to add this in to your fact file of successes; that’s there for you when you’re doubting yourself, or caught up in overwork, or procrastinating…

Keep adding to your fact file

Aside from the feedback that you get from your yogis, note down your successes. More will continue to pop in to your brain as you think wider about your life, your years, the areas of your life, etc. Note them down, no matter how silly and trivial, or grand and showy offy they seem!

Continue to remind yourself that feelings of apprehension mean that you CARE

As you start to work on your new ideas, you’ll have moments where you just think ‘I can’t do this’ and you’ll want to give up. 



Like we did on day 1, feel those feelings, notice the sensations in the body. Where is that feeling? What is it, really? Butterflies? An increased heart rate? A headache? Those feelings are now there to remind you, that you are capable, and that you care. How lovely!

Remember: Be kind to yourself! Above all, be kind to yourself. Change takes time, and we have the rest of our lives to conquer this.

Thank you for joining us for this special five days. We hope you’ve found it so useful! Share your achievements with us, by using #shatterimpostersyndrome and tagging @yogahero_teachertraining – we would absolutely love to hear from you!

With love,

The Yoga Hero Team