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.
How do you sum up in just a few sentences a mama who embodies everything that the Yoga Mamas brand is about? It’s virtually impossible, other than to say that Sarah Jury, mama to 2 and a co-creator & author of the Hipster Harry children’s collection is a true Yoga Mama. She’s a yoga teacher and adventurer who truly believes that balance for mamas is possible when you take the time to nurture your physical, emotional and spiritual health. I know you’ll resonate with so much of what she has to share below and be inspired by her attitude toward life. Dive in below.
Sum up in one sentence what it means to you to be a Mum
To me, being a mum means experiencing the joy of chaos, being humbled by the daily rollercoaster, constantly being drawn back to the precious present moment, and feeling the most intense love for my little humans [even while covered head to toe their spew/poo/wee].
If you had to pick one, what’s been your most memorable experience as a Mum?
My most memorable experience as a mama is giving birth to my second son Marlo, after a very traumatic first birth with Flynn. Marlo came into the world too quickly for us to say “hey, we had planned a caesarean!” It started with cuddling toddler Flynn at home while having contractions and determined to make his pancakes, to drawing Marlo up and out into the world with the midwife, and into our arms. From day one, Marlo taught me to chill, trust and be present. He is our little Mr Cruisey Marlo.
Share with us your most vulnerable mama moment
My most vulnerable moment was a few months back. Winter, sleep deprivation, teething baby, and in the midst of supporting my son through the frustrating and confusing world of being 2.5 years old. I was still teaching yoga, but not giving from a full cup or even a half cup. I wasn’t being present with my family. My usual bubbly dance-and-sing attitude had left the body and I was guzzling down an extra-large triple shot coffee while reminiscing about solo trips to the toilet, quiet showers and wee free laughter.
One morning, with one son upset about his blueberries being too blue and the other so exhausted from partying all night, I sat down and cried. And cried. And cried. And called my mum. As much as I would love to be crowned ‘Super Mum’ all of the time, being a mum teaches me to be honest about and accepting of my vulnerability, and most importantly to ask for help from family and friends.
What’s one thing you have learnt about yourself you didn’t know before becoming a mama?
The absolute joy I experience in being a witness to my family experiencing joy.
What does living in flow mean to you?
I know I am living in flow when I am giving from my overflow. This is achieved by nurturing my physical, emotional and spiritual health. For me, this is a mixture of dedicated family time, me time and sisterhood time with a combination of beautiful food, play time, yoga practice and teaching, and being out in nature.
Finish this sentence
I secretly wish I could… have a sponge brain – but I have accepted that anything close to this wish left when I grew a baby.
I combat self doubt and overwhelm by… nestling into my own yoga practice and having a big dance party with my boys – this rejuvenates me and allows me to see clearly what is important.
I’m most inspired by… my sisterhood. I am lucky to have some very incredible women in my life and I am always so excited to meet more along this life journey.
My current affirmation/mantra is… I am exactly where I am supposed to be. And… There is a nothing a large flat white can’t fix.
My yoga practice is… home.
What’s your one parting piece of guidance for the mama tribe?
You are doing your best with what you have in this moment.
I am a proud mama to two boisterous boys under 3, a yoga teacher and budding children’s book author.
Every day I fall more in love with yoga and its ever evolving journey. Sharing my practice is an honour. Motherhood has given me a new appreciation for the physical body, for the gift of life, and for being present and content in each unique moment.
I love my sisterhood, crave adventure and value the familiarity of family life. I take pleasure in the simple moments, a great cuppa, a family dance around the living room, and all waking up in the same bed. One day, me and my boys [two little ones plus husband] will own a kombi van and go for a very long drive.
I believe in magic, dreams and creativity. My husband and I along with two of our great friends are the creators and authors of Hipster Harry. I am curious and excited about this adventure and the developing children’s books that are brewing in me.
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