Welcome to the end of the week! Do you have one million tabs open in your browser? Because we do. There is just too much good stuff on the internet and not enough time. In this week’s open tabs, Hilaria Baldwin, cofounder of Yoga Vida, wife to Alec, mother of three, and author of The Living Clearly Method, bravely shares her digital detritus.
The Living Clearly Method: That’s my website. I just launched my book, The Living Clearly Method. My book just came out and it’s a very important website that’s always open on my computer. There is much to do, with having it come out. I am very proud of it and people are saying they love the book, so it’s a dream come true.
Oprah.com’s Inspiration tab: I have been able to meet Oprah a few times and it’s as amazing as everybody says. She has an incredible brand and she is wonderful with lifting women up and bringing a lot of inspiration into the world. And right now we need a lot of inspiration.
Yoga Journal’s Yoga Poses page: This is one I have been looking at for years, for all the yoga poses and wonderful information. Yoga Journal have done an incredible job at listing poses and making it really simple, readable, and digestible. I will go there for inspiration for classes when I am making up routines for classes. It’s like an encyclopedia.
Melissa Petitto: Melissa collaborated with me on the recipes in my book. She is an incredible chef and some of the recipes in my book get highlighted from time to time on her site. I am pescatarian, I don’t eat dairy, I eat some fish and eggs—but other than that, no other animal products. She has recipes for everyone. She makes things healthy and delicious.
CNN and Fox News: I am a news junkie and it’s very important to know what’s going on in the world. I am very liberal, my family is very liberal; I like to open up CNN and Fox and see how both of them are telling the separate story in the midst of this whole fake news craze. I want to know what everyone else is reading as well, so I can see other people’s point of view. A lot of my book is about seeing other people’s point of view and living in peace and coming together—much of that is all in being informed and getting to a place where I can see someone else’s point of view.
Lululemon Wunder Under Pant III: Everyone asks me what the pants are that go over my feet. I wear them when I am on the yoga mat, with a pair of Prada boots, to dinner, on the red carpet—I have a lot of these in my closet. I put them on every day.
EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45: Everyone talks about how important sunscreen is and they tell you to wear sunscreen even in the winter. That’s something I got better at once I hit 30—I just had a birthday and I just turned 33. I am very good now about wearing sunscreen on my face. Before, I was like, Whatever, I don’t burn. But apparently that is not the case—you have to take care of your skin. I really like this skin cream.
The Body Shop Brazilian Cupuaçu Scrub-in-Oil: I became a big bath-taker during my pregnancy. A lot of times the kids are in the bath with me. I love The Body Shop products—they’re all cruelty free, they smell really good and make you feel really good, and we all definitely need a little TLC when we have what feels like 500 children.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: I usually do my own makeup. I can’t do hair, but on red carpets I do my own makeup—though if I am doing a specific shoot or a really big red carpet I will have a makeup artist. I try to get one tip every time I work with a professional, and then I add it to my repertoire. Desiree Lafore, who did my makeup for my book and wedding, recommended Too Faced mascara and I love it. It’s also a cruelty-free brand. I don’t know if you can say it’s better than sex, but it’s very good.
Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad perfume: It’s one of my favorites, and it goes perfectly from day to night!
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- What is the best advice you ever got?
- If you would hope people walk away with one thing after reading your book, what would it be?
- About Yoga Vida
- The 5 Yoga Poses Hilaria Baldwin Swears By for a Centered Mind and Sculpted Body
- Hilaria Baldwin: ‘I’m a multitasking yoga mama’
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Hilaria Baldwin is doing a downward-facing dog.
New York’s most public yogi isn’t doing such things on rooftops anymore. Or on railroad tracks, bulldozers, or helipads. She’s on a mat next to me, inviting me to join her.
I’m trying to get some zen from the author of The Living Clearly Method ($18; amazon.com), which distills her wellness practices into a five-pronged program for a fitter, happier life.
I dread all yoga, but in particular the wrist-wrenching, shoulder-straining maneuver Baldwin moves through with the ease of a shrug. “Saying you’re too inflexible for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath,” she tells me. “That’s my favorite quote.”
Her credentials here are impeccable: Not only has she run the popular Yoga Vida studio for seven years, but she can also type on a computer with her knees behind her shoulders, as her 200,000-plus Instagram followers know well.
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Baldwin sun-saluted her way into the limelight in 2014, when she was posting a yearlong series of daily yoga poses, many of them shot around her home turf of New York City, often with her baby daughter, Carmen, in tow.
That she was Alec Baldwin’s newish wife only added to the intrigue. How could a beaming exhibitionist and a notoriously press-averse cynic get along, let alone marry?
Two more years and two more children later—17-month-old Rafael and Leonardo, born in September—she has transformed her Instagram feed into a cozy jumble of perfectly imperfect family moments, rife with smoochy babies, sleepy eyes, and stolen moments for leg lifts. Noteworthy too are the glimpses of an Alec Baldwin you don’t see elsewhere: joyful, unburdened, and seemingly in love with it all.
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Baldwin, 32, says her dogged social media upkeep is born of a desire to define herself rather than letting the paparazzi do it for her: “I think everybody wants to be seen. I want to be seen. I want people to know who I am.”
When she arrives at the studio she co-owns, she’s makeup-free and absurdly pretty, her coloring a soft wash of peach and ambers. She’s wearing Lululemon yoga pants—“I have, like, 500 pairs,” she says—along with a gray V-neck T-shirt and Prada zipper booties.
She hasn’t slept. “You’re my boss today,” she tells me wearily, and I’m tempted to order her back home to her month-old baby because I remember too well the milky, sleepless haze that swallows you up for weeks after giving birth.
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Chief on her mind today is balance, one of her book’s core principles. With a trio of children under 3, she’s never needed it more. “I co-sleep with my kids until they learn to sleep in their beds. Because I’m breast-feeding, it’s a lot easier,” she says. “So I’m up with the baby all night and then all day long I’m running in between the other two. I’m trying to figure out how I can be the best mom to each one.”
Not to mention a spouse with needs of his own. “My husband is really someone who likes to have, as he calls it, ‘his girlfriend.’ He says, ‘You’re my wife, but you’re my girlfriend first, and I don’t want to lose my girlfriend,’ ” she says. “He just wants to have private time with me—but hopefully not have another baby right now!”
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She describes Alec as her “polar opposite” but adds that anyone who perceives her as the lightweight here is dead wrong. “We’re both strong personalities,” she says. “People look at him like, ‘Oh, he married this girl who’s 26 years younger than him. Oh, she’s so tiny!’ But we both needed strong partners, and there are different forms of strength. Together, we have a loud strength. We talk a lot. We spend the majority of our time together. Have I helped him with his stress? Absolutely. Has he helped me with mine? Absolutely. I’m somebody who wants human touch. I want a hug.”
Alec must have doled out a lot of them while she was pulling together the book, a dense 250-page volume whose writing spanned two pregnancies. Living Clearly isn’t a rigid script for weight loss or fitness so much as a series of practices designed to make life calmer and more manageable, focusing on balance, perspective, breathing, grounding, and letting go. There are dozens of yoga poses and 17 recipes, several involving quinoa. The book, says Baldwin, took years to marinate. “There’s a difference in what goes on when I’m teaching 70 people in my classroom and when I’m teaching one-on-one,” she says. “I feel like I found a way to explain what happens in my classroom to a big group of people.”
In person, Baldwin comes across primarily as generous, which is refreshing for a selfie star. While other influencers in the exercise space traffic in narcissism and call it #fitspo, she seems genuinely concerned with the welfare of her fellow humans.
“We have people come in and maybe they can’t touch their toes, but it doesn’t make the person less special than you,” she tells instructors she trains. “They could be writers, doctors, incredible parents—they could’ve had the hardest day. You have all of these bodies in front of you that you’re in charge of for 65 minutes, and it’s your opportunity to take care of them, not to judge them.”
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The harder part is not judging yourself in her presence. On a flexibility scale of zero to Hilaria, I’m somewhere between Mitch McConnell and a cinder block, which becomes painfully apparent as she leads me through three yoga poses that we film for training purposes. Baldwin, a dancer since age 2, moves fluidly, inhabiting her skin fully and easily. Trying to jerk my own form through the poses alongside her is like being on a bad double date with the world’s happiest couple.
Later, watching the video, I detect the unmistakable protrusion of a baby belly—and it’s not hers. The stark proof that I still have a rampant case of “mommy body” nearly six years after my last delivery is made no less devastating by Baldwin’s flat abs a mere four weeks after hers. But who am I kidding? Mine isn’t just mommy body anymore. It’s desk-job body. Bad-posture body. Not-enough-sleep body. Eating-my-kids’-leftovers body. “The important thing to realize is that your body is brilliant,” she tells me. “Your body works just as well as mine.”
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If that were actually the case, there’s someone at home (hi, honey!) who would be as happy as Alec, so I keep Hilaria in mind the next week while trying to Live Clearly. I eat quinoa for lunch, skip the nightly wine (a few times), and do yoga semi-diligently. At work, when it’s time for the hourly round of calisthenics her book prescribes, I get coffee instead. I’m too constrained for a standing desk, let alone in-office squats.
On the emo front, I do manage to pause for a grounding moment when complications arise on a work project. I defuse a potential road-rage blowup and make it into a polite exchange, a first not only for me but possibly for all of N.Y.C. I maintain perspective after yet another zinger from someone who ladles out critiques like matzo balls. And when one of my kids starts haranguing me while I’m deep into a concerning email, I reach into my toolbox and … snap at him, just like before.
My downward dog is pretty killer, though.
Takashi Matono (hair), Joseph Bennett (hair), Cassandra Davis (East Hampton hairstylist), Florence at the corner nail salon (Iris), Dr. Robin Blum, who teaches me all about healthy skin. I love her approach because she’s all about being healthy and not the gimmicks. She makes me wear my sunscreen 365 days! Physique 57 and Yoga Vida (the company I co-founded) for a great workout! Love group classes. And the bustling streets of NYC for a wild run.
What is the beauty product you can’t stop talking about?
I’m really into Elta MD right now for skin. It’s a nice, light day cream with protection and they have a great eye cream and night cream. Or Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara.
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin have three children together: Carmen, Rafael, and baby Leonardo, born September 12. Justin Steele
Who are your must-follows on Instagram?
@assholeparents, because it makes me feel better when I get overwhelmed with the kids. I always go there for a good laugh. And @daphneoz, @mduenasjacobs, @violetgaynor and @theglowdotcom for inspiring mommies.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
We open the advent calendar every day. The kids get excited to see which picture is there and to count the days down to Christmas!
I’m very handy around the house. Need me to fix anything?
Fill in the blank: People are most likely to come to me for advice about__________
Eating, stress, parenting, and exercise.
What is the best advice you ever got?
You can only know what you know when you know it.
If you would hope people walk away with one thing after reading your book, what would it be?
It’s all about being happy–and it’s all about possibilities. There are so many possibilities in your life. And people feel stuck. And label themselves. Oh, well, I don’t like my job, I’m not in love, I don’t have enough money, I don’t have enough resources in my family, I don’t feel pretty, I don’t feel in shape—whatever it is they’re labeling themselves—and they could be labeling positive, but whatever it is, I get away from the labels and get to the point of possibilities. It is possible to have it be different. It is possible to feel good. And a lot of the students who I worked with where they changed their diets, incorporated more fitness, worked on stress relief, which is really what this book is about.
Baldwin’s book is out December 27 from Rodale.
About Yoga Vida
To build a community that supports healthier, happier lives.
At our studios we make yoga accessible and inclusive – without judgment, pressure or demands. This is yoga for everyone! The Yoga Vida method connects purposeful movements with conscious breath, and our educational approach improves body awareness and promotes individual choice. We present yoga in a way that helps you think independently so you can incorporate what you learn into your life beyond the mat. Our classes may give you a sweet set of abs and a well-contoured backside, but these are merely physical benefits of a consistent practice. Walking on your hands and touching your toes are discoveries along the path – not the destination. In a traditional sense, yoga seeks peace of mind and happiness. Asana alone may not get you there, but it opens the door to awareness in all forms. At Yoga Vida, we use physical practice as an entry point to a calm, steady, and undisturbed mind.We are committed to beginning and continuing your education with quality yoga at an affordable price.
HISTORY Founded in 2009 by a Princeton University economics graduate, college ice hockey player, Wall Street broker turned yogi – Mike Patton, and by an NYU alumna, former professional dancer, Extra TV correspondent, mother, yoga teacher, and wellness expert – Hilaria Baldwin.
At Yoga Vida we are committed to offering quality yoga classes and education programs. Our family of teachers and yogis are united by these core values:
ACCESSIBILITY Being open to everyone by providing a welcoming experience at an affordable price.
COMPASSION Tuning into those around us, and treating others as we would like to be treated.
INTEGRITY Doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons, regardless of the consequences.
HUMILITY Serving the interests of our students, by performing our work without attachment to the results.
TEAMWORK Being a family by supporting each other on and off the yoga mat.
Feb. 18, 2013 — Alec Baldwin’s wife and popular New York City yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas is being sued by a former student who alleges that overcrowding during one of her classes caused him to suffer serious injury.
Spencer Wolff, 32, alleges in the complaint that Thomas’ Jan. 15 class at Yoga Vida was so crowded that he was forced to take a spot near a window. Wolff’s attorney, Paul Weitz, told ABCNews.com that while trying to dismount from a handstand, his client “lost his balance and his leg went through the window.”
“Honestly, he severed his leg really severely,” Weitz said. “The muscle in his calf is seriously injured to the point where he really cannot use his ankle at all.”
Weitz said Wolff, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Yale’s Comparative Literature Department, who also holds degrees from Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Paris’ Sorbonne, “has what’s known as a dropped foot.”
While he could not specify an amount, Weitz said Wolff is seeking “a substantial amount of damages.”
“He can’t flex his ankle, nor can he move it from side to side,” Weitz said.
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“He shouldn’t have been instructed to do it at this close proximity to the window, certainly with the amount of people in the room,” Weitz said. “You would think they would anticipate that not everybody’s going to be doing the exercise perfectly every time.”
The suit, which was filed Feb. 15 in Manhattan Supreme Court, names Thomas, as well as Yoga Vida, and 99 University Corp., which owns the building where the Yoga Vida is located.
“We’re not really sure at this time had a permit to even be conducting exercise classes at this kind of space,” Weitz said.
A woman who answered the phone at 99 University Corp. told ABC News “we’ve not been served or filed.”
Yoga Vida’s owner, who employs Thomas as an instructor, has not responded to a request for comment.
The Baldwins’ spokesman today said, “It’s unfortunate was injured but the only one that was responsible was him.”
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Weitz said Wolff is under the care of a doctor, but there is “a possibility he will need surgery in the future depending on how he heals.”
“It’s nothing personal, you know? Whoever the instructor was, they would have been named. She happens to be a famous person. But if this was Jane Smith, instructor – Jane Smith would have been named,” Weitz said.
Meanwhile, Thomas’ husband, actor Alec Baldwin, has responded on Twitter in defense of his wife.
“1 – the class was, IN NO WAY, ‘dangerously crowded.” 42 in a class w room for 70,” he wrote Sunday.
Baldwin has also found himself in hot water with the New York Post. The paper reported the “30 Rock” actor allegedly “called a black Post photographer a racial epithet” in New York’s East Village Sunday morning.
Again, Baldwin took to Twitter to respond to the Post’s allegations.
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“Thank u 2 NYPD officers who came 2 my home 2day so that I could file a formal complaint against NY Post “photographer” who assaulted me,” he posted Sunday night.
“The claim of racist remarks is one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life,” Baldwin said today through his spokesman.
Baldwin and Thomas recently announced they are expecting their first child.
“Many people know me as the woman married to Alec Baldwin who does yoga poses in unlikely places.”
That is the first sentence in Hilaria Baldwin’s new book, The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life. The book is devoted to explaining her personal method, divided into five parts: perspective, breathing, grounding, balance and letting go. For extra PR potential, Hilaria shares lots of photos of her famous husband in the book, for instance, watching her headstand in the kitchen while she turns on the blender and so on. While Alec might not join her on top of the kitchen island, she told the Observer he does practice yoga with her at home.
Her famous last name, courtesy of a husband who some believe has made Saturday Night Live great again, is not unhelpful in her bid to be the next big lifestyle guru. Hilaria’s background as a dancer, and then a teacher at Yoga Vida, makes her a worthy contender for such a title, though some might say the word ‘guru’ – highly sacred in many cultures, is sometimes a little too easily bandied around. After graduating from NYU, Hilaria co-founded the in-demand yoga studio in Union Square which has since expanded to Noho, Dumbo and Tribeca. The Baldwin family lives just blocks away from the Union Square studio, per Hilaria’s request, making it easier to pop in to teach a class. The three Baldwin children, who are all often seen on her Instagram, often join her for at-home yoga classes.
Hilaria Baldwin. Sasha Maslov for Observer
In her book, Hilaria details yoga poses for everyday life, while answering emails or standing at the sink. There are also healthful, if slightly off-the-wall, home recipes, including lavender, chamomile and honey dressing, and a how-to on preparing tempeh. While this fitness maven is lucky enough to find time to go running, she understands other women might have to sneak barre moves into their bathroom routine.
While Hilaria’s personal lifestyle might not be relatable, it’s certainly enviable, a mark of every sought-after lifestyle guru. Hilaria is perhaps the East Coast answer to Gwyneth Paltrow, encouraging her readers and followers to imagine they, too, could do yoga in heels in exotic places, all while surrounded by a doting, celebrity husband.
The 5 Yoga Poses Hilaria Baldwin Swears By for a Centered Mind and Sculpted Body
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You probably know Hilaria Baldwin as the wife of actor Alec Baldwin and the yogi who finds a way to do yoga anywhere, anytime (seriously, just look at her Instagram feed). And, actually, that’s how she intros herself in her new book, The Living Clearly Method. You might be thinking, “whatever, another celeb memoir.” But that’s not the case with this gem; as a mother of three, an incredibly successful yoga teacher, and studio owner of Yoga Vida in Manhattan, this woman really knows what she’s talking about when it comes to balancing your life like tree pose.
If her post-pregnancy body pics aren’t enough to convince you she knows how to take care of her body, her really real body-positive posts will at least convince you to trust her as a genuine human being. (Plus, if she can get Alec Baldwin to try barre, she deserves some serious kudos.) In her book, Baldwin explores the five principles she believes are key to a fit body, healthy mind, and joyful life, including yoga flows that will help you tune into each. They’ll help you see yoga as a way to center your life rather than just a series of movements over a Lululemon mat.
If you ever need a quick way to feel more centered, try one of the poses below.
1. Perspective: High Airplane Lunge
When it comes to perspective in yoga it’s not about where you’re looking outward, but where you’re looking inward.
How does this translate to your flow? Just think about how it feels to hold this high lunge for several breaths. Your right quad is about to burn, burn, burn. Cue: end of the world thoughts. Finally, you’ll get to release, and stretch that front leg into the top of a moving high lunge (see number four) and all is good in the world. But imagine holding that position-it’s going to hurt eventually too. “It makes you realize that everything is temporary,” says Baldwin.
Try It: Inhale, and step one foot back into a high lunge. Straighten spine and soften shoulders. Exhale, tip torso forward at a 45-degree angle and reach arms straight backward with palms facing down with a strong, straight back leg. Hold for five rounds of breath, then move into high lunge for some relieve.
2. Breathing: Cat-Cow
Stop for a sec and think about how you’re breathing right now-you probably aren’t. “We hold our breaths all the time because we never breathe fully,” says Baldwin. Using your breath correctly can be a game-changer for your yoga practice; “Using a really steady, even breath to transition between the two of them in cat-cow really fills up the entire posture with the breath,” says Baldwin. “It’s not just an inhale. Stop. Exhale. Stop. It’s inhale, hold, exhale, hold.” Just a heads up: using your breath properly might even make you dizzy at first, because your body isn’t used to that much oxygen, says Baldwin. (And this fire belly breathing technique will blast your body with even more oxygen.)
Try It: Transition onto all fours and move into cat cow. Spread the fingers wide and shift weight from side to side. Inhale, arch the back and look up into cow pose. Exhale, press into hands and knees and draw your navel toward your back, round your spine, and look down into cat pose. Inhale arch, exhale round.
3. Grounding: Relevé
“I’ll say to my students, ‘come up onto your tippy toes’ and 90 percent of the class is teetering or almost falling over,” says Baldwin. But don’t worry she’s not about to shame you for doing the same-she’ll give you a ground trick to master the relevé and remember your roots no matter what pose (or situation).
“I remember when I was a dancer, my coach said ‘you have to go down in order to go up’… If I ask you to come to your tippy toes, you’re going to think “up!” But if you want to balance that, you have to learn to press into the floor,” says Baldwin. “I like the relevé exercise because you’re actually pushing down so hard that you actually come up into a balanced pose, and because you’re grounding down, you stay solid.”
Try It: Bring hands to prayer position in front of heart, and shift body weight forward, coming onto the balls of the feet, pressing so firmly that the heels start to peel off the floor. Inhale to raise the heels up higher, and exhale to lower.
4. Balance: Moving High Lunge
When it comes to balancing in yoga, it’s all about your center and how your body balances over and in-between your center. Going up and down that center line (like in this moving high lunge) is perfect for learning where your body is in space, says Baldwin.
“Half of what’s balancing you is behind you,” she says. “I love this as a metaphor for real life; the balance of your work life, your life love, your children, different activities in your life. Not all of it is going to be visible at the same time.”
Try It: Start in a low lunge. Inhale to high lunge and straighten the front knee. Exhale and bend back to a 90-degree angle. Inhale to straighten, exhale to bend. (Or really challenge your balance by blindfolding yourself. Really.)
5. Letting Go: Savasana
“Letting go is quite special because it’s surprisingly difficult,” says Hilaria. “Savasana is actually one of the poses that people fidget in the most because they don’t know what to do when they’re not moving anymore.”
Here’s what you should do: scan your body and seeing where it’s still holding on to something. Hone in on it, and focus on letting it go. “For every breath you’re there on the floor, the points of your body touching the floor should increase and deepen,” she says.
Try it: Lie face-up on a mat, releasing everything to the floor. Stay here as long as desired, focusing on letting go with both your body and mind.
- By Lauren Mazzo @lauren_mazzo
Hilaria Baldwin: ‘I’m a multitasking yoga mama’
Hilaria Baldwin has got being a new mum down to a T.
Or so it seems from her latest Instagram pic, taken by her actor husband Alec.
Hilaria, 29, has promised to Instagram a picture of herself in a yoga pose every day of 2014 “regardless of where I am or what I’m wearing”.
And not only is she sticking firmly to her New Year’s Resolution, she’s getting 4-month-old baby Carmen in on the act too.
As you can see from our other pics, 4-month-old Carmen (and the dogs!) got involved in doing the Cobra pose a few days ago, and even had a go at the Apanasana (knees-to-chest) pose from her orange bouncy chair.
Hilaria’s captioned her most recent T-shape-with-buggy pose as: “Multitasking mama #yogapostureoftheday warrior 3” and then tweeted, ‘”Thank you to my husband @ABFalecbaldwin for taking many of my #yogapostureoftheday photos ?’
We can’t wait to see what she – and Carmen – do next!
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April 01, 2014 – 12:17 BST hellomagazine.com Hilaria baldwin and actor Alec Baldwin do yoga poses as the recreate the moment Alec asked Hilaria to be his wife two years ago
Celebrating two years since Alec Baldwin popped the question to his wife Hilaria, the couple marked the occasion by recreating the special moment the actor proposed.
But fittingly, there was a special twist – this time around the couple were both doing yoga poses.
“She said ‘yes, if you ask me in a yoga pose,” wrote Alec Baldwin as he shared the fun photo.
Hilaria – who has kept true to her word of posting a yoga pose a day “every day – regardless of where I am or what I’m wearing” – can be seen clasping her leg above her head in dancer’s pose.
Her other hand is held tenderly by Alec, who kneels in front of her on the beach in Montouk, Long Island – the scene for his romantic proposal two years ago.
Hilaria captioned the image: “Celebrating 2 years since getting engaged with open hearts & hip opening yoga postures #hilariaypd #yogapostureoftheday #proposalpose”.
Alec forwarded the photo to his Instagram followers and had this to say: “2 years ago today I asked the most important question of my life. She said, “yes, if you ask me in a yoga pose” #hilariaypd @hilariabaldwin #yogapostureoftheday”.
Hilaria has described the moment Alec asked for her hand, telling website The Daily front Row: “He brought me to Montauk, out by the lighthouse.
Hilaria and the actor are parents to baby carmen, born in August 2013.
“He’s not great at keeping secrets from me, which is a very good thing. He told me earlier that he was going to propose. We’re very organised.
“He kept asking me if I knew where we were driving. I said, ‘No, I’ve never been past Gurney’s Inn!’ When we got there he said, ‘This is the closest I could get you to Spain’… since my family is still there.
The fact she knew what was coming didn’t spoil the moment, however. “He got on his knee, and I burst out crying,” she said.
The couple married in New York in 2012 and their baby daughter Carmen – who regularly features in Hilaria’s daily yoga poses – was born in August 2013.
When I call Hilaria Baldwin to chat parenting, the pregnant mother of three tells me she’s multitasking in the car with her husband Alec (Baldwin, the actor), en route to watch him do a quickie appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Uh, same.
Her hectic schedule provides the perfect segue to dive into questions about how she manages to accomplish everything she does—Baldwin’s a wellness and fitness expert, author of The Living Clearly Method, co-owner of Yoga Vida studios in New York City, mother, wife and, it must be said, a real babe—without seeming to break a (non-workout-related) sweat. I especially wonder how she keeps it all together when new babies arrive, as they have with impressive frequency in the Baldwin house over the past five years.
The trick, with parenting as with yoga, is to breathe through the burn and stay present.
With a sweet “Oh my god,” Baldwin assures me she has off days just like the rest of us. “Do I cry sometimes? Absolutely,” she admits. “I have had a tiny meltdown after every baby.”
Her trick for regaining balance, she says, is actually borrowed—like much of her advice—from her yoga practice. “I tell my students when they’re in a hard pose to just remember that this is temporary,” she explains. “It’s the same when you’re going through a difficult life transition—it might be difficult at that moment, but you’re going to figure it out.” The trick, she says, is to breathe through the burn and stay present.
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Baldwin also falls back on another mantra that she says reminds her to engage her sense of humor. “Somebody once said to me, ‘No baby ever dies from crying,’” she says (of those long sleep-training nights in particular). While it can be difficult to keep this perspective when your tiny human is wailing at you—or, TBH, throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of the grocery store—Baldwin says the quote’s true purpose is to give her permission to take a moment to breathe—and laugh. “You’ll then be better capable of handling without getting overwhelmed,” she explains.
But through all the chaos (which is a given with three tiny tots), Baldwin says she finds comfort in an idea that she and Alec both have inscribed on their wedding bands. “‘We’re a great team’,” she tells me the rings read. “And that’s really our mantra at home.”
On that note, it’s time for Fallon to start and she must go; however, she leaves me with one last too-relatable thought. “I really have no idea what I’m doing,” she admits with an almost incredulous laugh. “Hopefully, it’ll all work out.”
This is my favorite mantra yet.
This story was originally published on May 15, 2018. It was updated on January 18, 2019.
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Yoga Journal: You have been practicing yoga for about 10 years. How did you discover your passion for the practice?
Hilaria Baldwin: I started dancing when I was two years old, and gymnastics at age seven. Eventually, I took up Latin ballroom dancing and started competing and teaching. I went to college at NYU . But being in the dance world didn’t teach me very good values for taking care of my body. I was beaten up emotionally and physically, so I decided to try yoga, which seemed synonymous with health. The studio where I practiced (Yoga to the People) developed a very fast interest in me, and asked if they could apprentice me to be a yoga instructor. I did the traditional 200-hour vinyasa teacher training and started teaching. Then, in the summer of 2009, one of my yoga students, Michael Patton, asked if I wanted to open up a yoga studio together. I immediately said yes.
YJ: Are you still actively involved in ownership and management of the studio?
HB: I have stepped away little by little. I’m no longer an owner of Yoga Vida, just a cofounder. I love the idea, but realized my passion is teaching, not managing people. I basically lived in that studio at first. I would go home for a few hours to sleep at night and then come back very early in the morning. I am quite proud to have been a part of it. They are in the process of settling on the location of a third studio.
YJ: Right before you opened the first studio, you broke a hip. How did that happen?
HB: I didn’t just break it all of a sudden; it was a stress fracture. I was 25 years old, and the last thing I thought was that my bone was breaking. I went to acupuncture, I did massage, I lay in Epsom salts baths, I rubbed essential oils into it. But the pain was getting worse. Eventually, I went to the doctors’, and they sent me away with painkillers. I walked out of the house one morning on crutches, with a purse on my shoulder. The purse started sliding off, and when I tried to catch it, I stepped on my hurt leg and it just snapped. I’ve done a lot of damage to my hips—ballroom dancing and not eating in a way that gave my body enough nutrition. When the studio opened three weeks later, on January 14, 2010, I taught from a wheelchair.
YJ: How have your injuries informed your yoga?
HB: I think the moment my hip broke was the moment I said, “Oh my god, I really need to slow down!” I thought I could be a better person if I could put one leg behind my head and stand up, but as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve had injuries, I don’t try anymore to contort myself into crazy asana. I have found that not all of it is right for my body.
YJ: When you teach, how do you try to imprint this on students, the need to listen to their bodies?
HB: I’m careful to use words like “feel,” “notice the sensation,” and “sense.” We move quickly at some points to flow and get the heart rate up, but we also slow it down and focus on the experience of the body at that precise moment.
YJ: You’ve pledged to post a new yoga pose for your roughly 45,000 Instagram followers every day in 2014. What do you hope to achieve with this social-media campaign?
HB: I started doing this because I love to teach. Every single day I was going to post, for example, Warrior I with how you do it. People write to me all the time, saying, “I started yoga because of you,” “I lost six pounds,” “I started to eat better.” When I started getting those comments I was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me—I’m doing a headstand on top of an SUV; that’s not very inspiring!” But I got more and more comments, and said alright, if it’s inspiring then let’s do it. I started making it a little bit funny. We definitely have a comedic household. Now I’ve set the bar high, and feel like every day I have to come up with a masterpiece.
YJ: The New York Times described your #yogapostureoftheday campaign as “fun, athletic and unapologetically sexual.” Do you agree?
HB: Am I unapologetically sexy? I don’t know. It depends on how you look at it. I do not think of these poses as sexual. There is one where I’m wearing leggings and I have my legs behind my head. I was online trying to get inspired, and there was this runway model who had long legs. She was wearing these red, red tights and doing a very similar pose. To me, it looked really cool, but I guess some people are going to take it as sexual.
YJ: I’m sure you saw the recent New York Post article that criticized the yoga selfie movement. How do you respond to people who say this type of social-media campaign is not in the true spirit of yoga?
HB: Sometimes you find that people are very judgmental within the yoga community. I hope those people realize that they’ve broken one of the most fundamental lessons of yoga—to be accepting. It’s not hurting anybody. And lastly, it’s not a selfie. I have not taken a picture of myself.
YJ: With so many styles of practice out there, how do you define yoga?
HB: Some people say it’s about detachment, but for me it’s about becoming more attached to your physical being. If I’m stressed out and my body is wound up, I’m more likely to snap at people, to judge somebody, to treat somebody in a way that they don’t deserve. When I’m relaxed, I am capable of thinking better. So I feel that by taking time every day to do my yoga, relax my body, and learn to treat myself well, I am starting to treat other people in my life better. Happiness and generosity are infectious.
YJ: Beyond your pose of the day, do you have a yoga or meditation routine that you rely on, to help you deal with stress and all the things you’re juggling right now?
HB: I have to be honest: Before having a kid it was much easier. Now I have and want very little time away from Carmen. But I make sure I do about an hour of yoga every day. And every night before I go to bed, I think about how I treated people that day and how I could do it better the next day. It’s something that I have been doing as far back as I can remember.
YJ: Has celebrity changed your yoga practice or your teaching?
HB: It has. I don’t teach as much as I used to. When we first started dating, Alec said, “Wait a minute, let me get this straight: You start teaching at 5 in the morning and finish around 10 p.m., and you swim in between classes, and you go to yoga class, and you teach 365 days a year? You are the most non-yogic yoga teacher in terms of relaxing.” After a few months of dating, he said, “Take just one day off.” So I took one day off, and then two days, and then an entire weekend. I realized that I was becoming happier.
YJ: Alec has said that you might be the next Jane Fonda.
HB: Did he say that? He knows that I love Jane Fonda. I looove Jane Fonda. When I was little, I would do Jane Fonda workouts. I got to interview her for Extra, and told her that I was a yoga instructor because of her.
YJ: Does this mean you’re going to have your own fitness show someday?
HB: Maybe. If I can make yoga and fitness and feeling good and being healthy more accessible to a bigger group of people, I will be the happiest camper. I never expected be on TV; I don’t even watch TV. But I love meeting and interviewing people, and the team at Extra is so kind. I just take opportunities as they come. And I’m looking forward to working on a second DVD.
YJ: Another opportunity you had recently was helping to design a casual summer-clothing line with Lexington Co. Is that something you’ll do more of?
HB: I had a really wonderful time with them. They are donating the proceeds to Guild Hall, which is a community center that we support in East Hampton. I would love to do more. When I was a dancer, I designed my own dance outfits.
YJ: How do you express your great sense of style on the mat?
HB: It is all about the yoga pants. Once I find a pair I fall in love with, I buy like 10 pairs. Whatever I am wearing on the yoga mat, I want to be able to wear on the street. We had dinner the other night with another couple, and beforehand Alec asked me, “Please do me a favor and not wear
yoga clothes.” At dinner I was talking with the other woman, and she said that her husband had asked her to do the same. So she and I agreed next time to wear yoga clothes to dinner.
YJ: What advice do you have to help balance life’s competing demands?
HB: Even if you are not in the weird life that I’ve found myself in, but you’re juggling many things—your boss is making you feel terrible or you’re working too many hours—pull back and ask, “Is it worth it?” Perspective is one of the most important things. I had a dance teacher who taught me that in order to be successful, you have to be inside a situation and outside a situation at the same time—the person inside with passion and the person outside with the ability to see if it’s worth it. When you are overwhelmed, lie in Savasana, scan yourself from the tip of your head to the tips of your toes, and out to your fingertips, and let go, asking, “Do I feel grounded? Do I feel centered? Do I feel balanced?” You can do that for five minutes every day, or you can spend days or weeks being really stressed out.