Local Mama Feature: Andy De Waal

Here at LiveMom, we love meeting new moms (and dads) doing interesting things around town. Our monthly Feature series give us an excuse to learn more about these hardworking Austinites , and this month, we’re happy to present to you Anne Hebert. Thanks to Howdy Honda for supporting local mamas by sponsoring our monthly Local Mama Feature series.

I met Andy De Waal when my son started preschool back in 2013, and she welcomed me into her tribe with open arms. Warm, wise, and incredibly intelligent, Andy is the yoga teacher you want when you need energy and clarity, and the friend you need to laugh or cry along with her. She’s a Longhorn through and through, and is a native Texan. LiveMom is happy to present a snapshot of Andy’s life in Austin.

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Photo: Ziem Malkani

LiveMom: How long have you lived in Austin, and what brought you here?

ANDY:  I went to college at UT (93-98) and returned to Austin in 2006. We have lived in south Austin the last 11 years.  It was always the goal to set up my adult life in Austin, but my husband moved around for his education for a bit.

LiveMom: How many kids do you have, and what are their ages?

ANDY: Two littles, ages 4.5 (he would want me to add the .5) and 7

LiveMom: What is your idea of a perfect day with the family in Austin?

ANDY: Sleep in (ha!), Taco Deli breakfast tacos, the farmer’s market, hike the green belt, swim, go for a family bike ride, cook dinner together, and then throw the Frisbee for a bit after dinner (this is currently the boys’ favorite thing).

LiveMom: If you had 24 hours to yourself in Austin, how would you spend it?

ANDY: Wake up without an alarm, slowly eat toast and coffee while reading, go to yoga at Breath and Body Yoga, hit up JuiceLand, run around Town Lake (I know that is not the name, but I can’t get our of the habit), walk around the Domain for shopping and people watching, late lunch at Flower Child, home to watch some movie that nobody else in my family wants to see, in bed asleep by 10:00.

LiveMom: What do you like best about Austin? What would you change, if you could?

ANDY:   People here are so vibrant and friendly–must be the good food and wide array of options to stay active. Hipsters, professionals, soccer moms, cowboys, students, and artists all mingle and frequent some of the same places.  I love that Austin is so relaxed in its demeanor.  You can wear your sexiest dress out to dinner or show up in cut offs and Birks and still be treated the same.

If I could change something about Austin it would be the summer climate.  A 20 degree temperature drop in August would do wonders for everyone’s energy levels and outlook!

LiveMom: What’s one piece of unsolicited advice you’d give to a new mom?

ANDY: Find a tribe.  It’s about to get real.  There will be moments of joy, terror, frustration, celebration, tears, and laughter.  Find people that will love you, support you, and sit with you through all those emotions.  Your only job is to love that baby and try to keep it safe.  All the other decisions that we obsess over are a distant second in terms of importance. You will make mistakes; we all do.  It is okay.  You are human.

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Photo: Ziem Malkani ziemphotography.com

LiveMom: What is the best thing one mom can do for another?

ANDY:  Not judge.  We all do things differently and that is okay.  Not two moms are the same, no two families are the same, no two kids are the same.  We are all doing the best we can.Advertisement
LiveMom: What kind of music do you like? Any local musicians? Kids musicians?

ANDY:  I am very uncool when it comes to music.  Each year I show up at ACL and only know who about 3 of the acts are. My general rule is that I have to be able to sing along, which means I don’t learn a lot of new music. Pearl Jam, Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac are in heavy rotation.  Right now the kids are into listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks and this NPR science podcast for kids called Wow in the World.

LiveMom: What’s the best way to keep up with what you are up to next?

ANDY: I have a public Instagram account dedicated to yoga.  It is called @andy_yogaafter40.  In some ways it feels weird to be public about my practice and teaching, but if I can encourage people to breathe, love, and move then it is worth it.  I sometimes worry that “Instayogis” create this idea that advanced poses are somehow more valuable or are the goal of yoga, when that is not true at all.

LiveMom: What might we be surprised to learn about you?

ANDY:  My husband and I started dating our junior year of high school.  I picked him up from drivers ed on our first date.

LiveMom: What is your job, what is your title, and what do you love about your job?

ANDY: I teach yoga at Breath and Body Yoga.  Teaching yoga is the most incredible thing.  People sometimes come in feeling physically or emotionally shut down, but leave with a lightness that is palpable.  I am honored to have any part of that.  Plus, we have fun.  I am not good at being the serious, calm yogi.  I’m like, “let’s move and dance and laugh and fall and get back up and go for it!”

Photo: Ziem Malkani ziemphotography.com
Photo: Ziem Malkani

LiveMom: Do you have any charitable organizations you like to work with/ donate to/ volunteer for locally?

ANDY: I worked for domestic violence and sexual assault agencies for many years so SAFE (formerly SafePlace) has a special place in my heart.

LiveMom: What is your secret talent?

ANDY:  I would say that I am good at standing on my hands, but it is all over my Instagram so that is not a secret.  So I will say that I am very good at food;  I can pick the best thing on the menu 9 times out of 10. I am also good at designing menus.  My husband and I have a running joke that I am also good at naming pets. Our last dog, a Weimaraner, was named Cowboy and I feel pretty good about that name.

Any social media links or sites you want to promote?  

ANDY: If you have any interest in yoga, or spreading good vibes, check out my Instagram.  But don’t spend too much time on it.  Get outside and have some fun!

Photo: Ziem Malkani ziemphotography.com
Photo: Ziem Malkani


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