New year, same Hilaria Baldwin.
The 32-year-old mother-of-three is kicking off 2017 by sharing her expertise in health, fitness and wellness, which she has acquired throughout the course of her career as a yoga instructor.
In Baldwin's new book, The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life, she discusses mindfulness, breathing and every yoga move in between. The Spanish star also offers her best tips for treating your body properly with food and love, despite being bogged down with life's stresses.
We spoke to Baldwin about the five principles, her partner-in-crime Alec Baldwin, and much more. Read it all in our exclusive interview below.
Starting from the beginning, what brought you to develop this method and your yoga career?
I’ve used my own experiences to help my students, and I’ve been so blessed that I love my job and I love to teach. And for the past 13 years or so now, I wanted to bring it so a bigger audience, through the book where anyone in the world can get my lessons. And the idea was to take what I do for myself, and what I’ve been doing for the past years and put it on paper so everyone can learn from it.
We read that in your earlier years, you were into Latin ballroom dancing! Do you still keep up with it?
No, I don’t. I broke my hip when I was 25, right before I opened my yoga studio. Every once in a while I’ll go and have fun with my girlfriends, but I’m pregnant all the time, it seems, so doesn’t help! But I have been dancing since I was two, so I’m a big dance fan. In the book I talk about how it’s healthy for the body — it’s cardio, it’s toning. And in my method, I combine all of it. But I also talk about different cardio exercises, as well.
In the book, you discuss how overworked, stressed and overactive you were, prior to having your family. What would you tell yourself, at that age, knowing what you know now?
I think I had to learn it the hard way, because of how strong-willed I was. And also, I made fitness my profession, and so I was earning money from fitness starting at 15-years-old, teaching and doing that kind of stuff. And so, could I go back and wish I had more friends and more balance doing this? I always found that that kind of mentality wasn’t always productive, because you can’t go back, you can only go forward. Instead, I just say, ‘This is where I want to go in the future.’ And Alec [Baldwin] changed my life. He taught me a lot about laughing and he’s the ying to my yang. He’s somebody who’s more sitting and enjoying a meal, and then I get to help him by getting more active, so we’re a really great balance for each other.
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