Sophie Airey is mother of two gorgeous girls and is passionate about health and fitness. This is what drew me to Sophie’s page. We shared similar interests, plus she has made a few of my recipes. I love following Sophie, seeing her updates and photos of her yoga progress, healthy food, workouts and her family. Sophie’s Instagram @aireyogamumma also shares her journey as she heals from postnatal abdominal separation, a medical condition many can relate too post baby.
Here is 5 minutes of Questions and Answers with Sophie Airey.
1.Can you tell me a little more about your Instagram name “aireyogamumma” how did it come about?
To be honest, I’m not really sure how it came about haha I was scrolling through different yogi’s IG names and every one that I thought of had been taken, so I decided to go with my married name, Airey 🙂 I wanted people who saw it to know it was a yoga account because that’s really what it started as. I used to be aireyyogagirl, but then realised I wasn’t a girl anymore. I’m a woman, a mother, and I wanted to reflect that in the name. Who knows, it may change again lol but for now I’m really liking it!
You can find Sophie’s Instagram name here – @airyogamumma
2. I love the way you connect with your followers? Is that why you started your page?
I started my page almost like my own personal yoga diary. I had always wanted to start a blog but I am really computer illiterate and find it really hard to get what I’m thinking into words, so IG was perfect for me. My followers inspire me everyday! When I’m having a bad day I find their support really does lift me up. I have even been blessed enough to meet some of my beautiful followers, and have become quite close friends with a few 🙂
3. Who inspires you to keep going?
My girls really do inspire me everyday to be a better person. I want to be a role model to them and show them that having a healthy body, mind and spirit is so important. Life shouldn’t be a struggle, it should be filled with laughter, love and fun! Yes, there are going to be hard times but its how you handle those hard times that really make you become a more self aware person. I truly don’t know where I would be without those two little munchkins, and all I want to do is make them proud to call me their mum!
4. Your little girls are just gorgeous! What’s one of your most proudest #mumlife moments?
Omg! That is a really hard question! There have been so many proud #mumlife moments. I think just watching my oldest interact with her sister makes my feel very proud. She is so kind, gentle and loving towards her. I love hearing her call her “sweetie” because that is what I call her, so I know my actions and words really do have an impact on her.Their bond is so strong already, it melts my heart.
5. What is your biggest #mumlife “oh no” moments?
Hahaha there have been many of these moments also! I’m the mum that will jump in the backseat and breast feed why my husband drives (baby still in their carseat, don’t worry!), or will send my kid to daycare with dreads in the back of her hair because I couldn’t find the hair brush 😛 I think though, my biggest #mumlife “oh no” moments would be when I let toddler tantrums get the best of me and end up saying things to my Tyla (my oldest) that make me look back and think “how could you ever say that to her” When you’re tired, stressed and just over being a parent all patience just goes out the window. Thats when the best thing to do is just get someone else to take over and walk away!
6. You can see by your photographs you have a huge passion for Yoga? Can you tell me more about your yoga practice?
Yoga has always been a part of my life! My mum put me in my first class when I was 10 and I fell in love. Over the years it has always been a constant. I may not have practiced everyday, but it was always something I would fall back on when I was down or stressed. I’ve had a long history of depression and drug/alcohol abuse and sometimes I feel like there were times that yoga saved me. It is my moving meditation, my time to go within and just keep myself in check. There are days where my practice just flows, and other days where I do 5 minutes and realise I’m just not in the right headspace. Its ever changing, like ourselves. Thats what I truly love about it. There are no rules! You create the flow you need. I have just started teaching classes and should be finishing up my teacher training by the end of the year so I am really excited to start sharing my passion with others!
7. I love seeing you workout in front of your children. Do they love to join in on the odd occasion?
Kayla, my youngest (8 months) absolutely loves watching me workout! She thinks burpees are the funniest thing in the world haha her laugh is definitely motivation to keep going. And she definitely loves being on my yoga mat with me, so once she starts moving I can see her being a little yoga bub! Tyla (she’s 4) loves teaching me yoga haha! She is a little control freak so she always has to be the teacher. And whenever Im outside doing a workout she loves to jump in and give it a go, but like most 4 year olds, she has a very short attention span haha I just love the fact that they are growing up being surrounded my movement. Whether it be yoga, workouts, surfing, walking, they see their parents keeping fit and active and I believe this is just so important!
8. Favourite active wear?
I have a few fav brands, but I have to admit Lululemon
would be my all time favourite! Their leggings are amazing. I hate it when I’m constantly having to adjust my tops/[pants while I workout and I find their gear always stays put. Teeki
is another brand I love. Their yoga leggings feel amazing on! And also Cadenshae
maternity sports bras are the best!! I practically live in them they are so comfy. And perfect for when you’re breastfeeding.
9. Do you still get a chance to go on a date night with your man now you have a little girl? If so where is your favourite place?
Its definitely been a bit challenging to have date nights since Kayla was born, especially because me and my husband both work a lot in the evenings, but we have managed to get out a few times! We have a few favourite restaurants in Auckland that we love going to. Moo Chow Chow and Tasting Shed would definitely be our top 2. Sometimes we just head down the road and have a quiet drink. I think its so important to make time for each other. Life can get so busy with work and kids, and unless you really priorities it you can end up feeling a little disconnected. So we try and do it as often as we can 🙂
10. If you had a hour of “you time” what would you get up too?
I love catching up with my girls. Going out for a wine or lunch and having a good chat is one of my favourite things to do! It really makes my heart sing. I have got such an amazing group of woman in my life, and I feel really blessed to have that support network there! If no one was available for that then it would be a really good HIIT session followed by yoga 🙂 Bliss!
11. Favourite go to recipe?
Do smoothie recipes count haha I am truly a smoothie addict! My favourite at the moment, and one that I love making for Tyla because she thinks its a treat is my Black Forest Smoothie. Its just frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach, cacao powder, chocolate protein powder, chia seeds, almond milk, coconut cream, dates and water! Blitz up and you have one decadent smoothie. I love making them nice and think so you almost have to eat it with a spoon. Good way to hide veggies for the kids too 😛