Prioritize yourself. With this pregnancy, I have started going to bed earlier and saying no to things I would usually say yes to. During the day, I’m trying to do it all as a mom of four. Then in the evenings, I put on a dress and makeup to attend events with my husband. Now, sometimes I just have to say it’s too much for me. When you think about it — whether it’s using social media or attending an event — how much are we living for other people? Children excluded, because we must live our life for our children and give them unconditional love. But, for everyone else, you can say no and life will go on. I’m also an advocate of putting your phone away and creating a moment to connect with yourself.
I had the pleasure to interview Hilaria Baldwin. Hilaria is the co-Host of the Mom Brain podcast with Daphne Oz, author of The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life (Rodale; December 2016), and Co-Founder of Yoga Vida in NYC. She is also a contributor to TODAY.com’s One Small Thing platform and to People’s People Parents Squad. Hilaria lives in NYC with her husband, actor Alec Baldwin and their four children, Carmen Gabriella, Rafael Thomas, Leonardo Angel and Romeo Alejandro David.
Thank you so much for doing this with us Hilaria! What is your personal “backstory”?
I’ve been obsessed with moving my body since I was little. My career started as a yoga teacher, opening a few studios in New York. As a teacher, my goal has always been to help people. After marrying my husband [Alec Baldwin], media opportunities started coming my way and I realized that the more platform you have, the more you can help people. So, I’ve learned to embrace sharing my life and wellness experiences on my social platforms. I want people to move their bodies and feel capable.
Can you share an interesting story that happened to you since you got involved in health/and wellness?
In 2014, I started something on my Instagram called, ‘Yoga Pose of the Day.’ I told myself at the beginning of the year, ‘I’m going to do a yoga pose every single day.’ I wanted to teach people. It was a time when I was new to the platform. One day, I posted something that was funny and silly, and I got a reaction from it. Little by little it turned into something people would look forward to. There were articles covering my poses and people were waiting for the post each day. That is when I really started to fall in love with the Instagram community. I feel like that is what started to build the amazing group of people that follow my page right now. At times it took over my life, and I was stressed about having to post content every single day at 12pm. I would wonder what I was going to do today to top yesterday. I did some pretty wacky yoga poses that year. Looking back, it was a great way to grow my community and teach people interesting new poses.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first getting involved? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
When you teach 10 yoga classes a day, you talk a lot and you say stupid things. You’re human. You hear what you just said and think, ‘OK, that wasn’t funny and I’m going to move on from here.’ The rule is you must move on and not dwell on it. Whether it be for Instagram posts or yoga classes, this realization has given me the opportunity to forgive myself faster.
I’ve learned this lesson in other aspects of my life. When Alec and I were about to get married, there were tons of paparazzi around. One day, I was wearing a dress and stepped out of the car then my dress blew up with the wind and they got a picture of my butt. I started getting phone calls from friends, letting me know that my butt was out there so that I wouldn’t Google myself. I was really upset and embarrassed. It’s like the worst nightmare.
Then fast forward a few years later and I’m seven months pregnant in Cannes, France. The first time we went to Cannes, we took these beautiful photos where Alec carried me up this epic staircase. Alec decided to recreate the moment, so he sweeps me up without picking up the bottom part of my dress in front of a ton of photographers, and of course, you see my butt, this time pregnant. Now, I look back at the first photo of my pre-wedding butt and think that’s so much better. In life, there are embarrassing moments where you feel like your world is going to end, but it’s important to realize that you’re going to be okay. It’s a lesson in perspective.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My husband. He has helped me realize how resilient you can be and how resilient a relationship can be. He taught me how to be with someone and realize that no matter how tricky things can get, you are committed to one another. That you are going to fight the fight together. Alec has made me a stronger person. People say I’m really good for him, but he’s also been good for me. He has been a great teacher to me. I respect his opinion, he’s my best friend, and we spend all the time we can together. When we are apart, we are constantly in contact. We are a very close unit. I feel like we’re in it and he has definitely changed my life.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that will help people feel great?
- Move your body every day. It doesn’t mean that you have to run a marathon every single day. Your body wants to move and that’s why our bodies don’t feel good when we get caught in an inactive lifestyle. Create small goals. Listen to your body and just start moving. Even if it’s a little bit of movement, it’s more than you did yesterday and that’s extremely important.
- Be conscious of the products you are using on your body. Fr example, a few years ago, I made the switch to using a natural deodorant. For a yoga teacher, I was a bit late to the game, but I tried a ton of different options before finding Tom’s of Maine. I’ve been using their new Natural Strength Women’s Deodorant. I love that it’s made with a blend of natural botanicals, and I appreciate that the company also gives 10% of profits each year to help protect the planet. To me, that’s a no-brainer.
- Prioritize yourself. With this pregnancy, I have started going to bed earlier and saying no to things I would usually say yes to. During the day, I’m trying to do it all as a mom of four. Then in the evenings, I put on a dress and makeup to attend events with my husband. Now, sometimes I just have to say it’s too much for me. When you think about it — whether it’s using social media or attending an event — how much are we living for other people? Children excluded, because we must live our life for our children and give them unconditional love. But, for everyone else, you can say no and life will go on. I’m also an advocate of putting your phone away and creating a moment to connect with yourself.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?
I love this quote from Oriah Mountain Dreamer: ‘I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.’ It’s a good question to ask yourself every single day, even more so in the age of social media. When you put your phone away and take a moment to check in with yourself, you can breathe and spend time with yourself to see if you like it. If you don’t, then it’s time to change something.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of health or wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I would encourage people to focus on what they are putting in and on their bodies. More than that, focus on the packaging and where the ingredients from your products are coming from. That matters. The journey matters. Our planet is suffering because we are out of control with how much waste we are generating.
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now with health and wellness?
Right now, my biggest project is working on making a healthy person. I’m also excited for Season 2 of my podcast, “Mom Brain.” It’s been a great surprise — we didn’t know the podcast would become as popular as it is. I love how it helps parents come together.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram at @hilariabaldwin. I’m also using #foundmomentworkouts for my quick workouts.