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Life After Baby with Andy Broadbear (Yoga Mamas)

Life After Baby is a series to celebrate the journey of motherhood. To take an inside peak into the most memorable and vulnerable experiences we all share as mothers.

Andy Broadbear

When I met this amazing mama Andy at my Yoga therapy training in 2014 we instantly hit it off. For the most part it was our love of yoga that drew us together but as time went on it was our motherhood journeys that cemented our friendship.

As a loving wife and mum of two, Andy is fascinated by the journey of pregnancy and post birth. A prenatal yoga business Yogabebe was born, along with her first child in mid 2012. Despite the years of training, teaching and practicing yoga, it wasn’t until Andy personally experienced pregnancy and being a mum that she recognized the profound effect yoga can have on an individual during this journey.

I’m am beyond excited to share this interview with Andy who opens up about her journey as a mother.

Sum up in once sentence what it means to you to be a Mum

“It’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body”

If you had to pick one, what’s been your most memorable experience as a Mum?

I sort of feel like I should choose some amazing moment that made my heart melt, but actually the first thing that comes to mind is walking through the supermarket and realising my daughter had poo’d through her nappy. I had poo on me. I finished our shopping, hugging her a little tighter hoping no one would smell it, got home, changed us both and had a good laugh. Then posted it on Facebook….naturally.

Share with us your most vulnerable mama moment

Stepping into the elevator at the hospital, watching the doors close with a newborn in my arms and realising we were it. After days of so much amazing care and guidance, it was that moment, stepping out on our own with the fear of the unknown, that I felt most vulnerable.

What’s one thing you have learnt about yourself you didn’t know before becoming a mama?

That I’m brave. I’ve never felt braver than since being a mum. I’m not talking about profound courage either, but little moments that I get through each day. It’s not until after each feat that I think, ‘I can’t believe I just did that. Go me’.

How do you define balance?

Haha – a work in progress! Balance is providing for my family without compromising my own health and wellbeing. It’s a hard thing to achieve because our own wellness is something we as mothers naturally put aside until we have “time”. Unless we make it a priority, and carve out time each day, it doesn’t happen. As I said, this is still a work in progress.

Finish this sentence:

I secretly wish I could… travel back in time and tell my young self not to sweat the small stuff.
I combat self doubt and overwhelm by… taking a deep breath and thinking ‘it could be worse’.
I’m most inspired by… other mums who travel their own path and don’t care what others think.
My current affirmation/mantra is… Breath {followed by a pause} and let it go.
My yoga practice is… 5 minutes on my mat, everyday. Even if that’s all it is, it’s a start.

What’s your one parting piece of guidance for the mama tribe?

Be true to yourself. Don’t let other peoples opinion weigh you down. You are a smart, capable mother, so be confident and trust your own instincts.

Andy & her 2nd babe Jack
Andy & her 2nd babe Jack

Andy is a mother of two, yoga teacher and therapist and pre & postnatal specialist. She is the founder of Yogabebe and Co-Founder of Yoga Mamas.

After 13 years as a secondary school teacher, Andy embarked on the study of yoga to deepen her own practice and find some life-balance. She completed a 500hr teacher training in 2010 and teaches a range of styles and to all ages, from toddlers to adults.

After giving birth to her first child Andy shifted her focus and returned to study and specialise in Pre & Postnatal Yoga and Pilates.

Drawn again by her passion for learning, Andy went on to study Yoga Therapy. Overwhelmed by the powerful effect yoga had on her own experiences of birth and beyond, she loves to share the possibilities with other mamas!

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