Hilaria Baldwin may be a business woman, author, yoga teacher and mother, but that doesn’t mean she’s slowing down any time soon. After the release of her book, The Living Clearly Method, Hilaria has shed some light on how she keeps a well-balanced life. Whether she’s taking five minutes out of her day to stretch, or most recently, perform on a sitcom with her husband Alec Baldwin, Hilaria proves that there’s no “right” way to be mindful. Instead, she tells us how to move towards a healthier life by stretching, eating well, and intentionally making small changes that become good habits.
Hilaria’s candidness about her struggle with an eating disorder is another reason we appreciate her so much. By sharing how she overcame her own challenges, she hopes to inspire someone else to do the same.
We talked to Hilaria about wellness, what it means to be mindful, and how you can overcome anything with enough perseverance.
HelloGiggles: Can you tell us about how you started your journey with yoga and wellness?
Hilaria Baldwin: Well, I started dancing when I was two. I was a dancer my whole life, I did gymnastics as well. Gymnastics and dance aren’t always very healthy on your body. When I was in college, I went to NYU. I was looking for something to supplement my dancing that might be healthier. I was struggling with an eating disorder, and I found a yoga studio that was donation-based so I could afford going there. The owner took me under his wing. He apprenticed me and I started teaching shortly after. I had been teaching dance for a year, and then little by little, the good came in and the bad came out. The more I did yoga the more whole I felt. And the calmer I felt, the more I realized I could let go of things that were no longer serving me.
HG: Why did you decide to write your book?
HB: My book talks about the principles that I developed that helped me through my eating disorder, and finding myself. It’s dealing with everything from the stress of the day, to how to find happiness, time and energy, and how to be healthy. It’s all these things that we’re struggling with, that some people are talking about, but some people are struggling with in silence. I felt for so long that I didn’t have a grasp on what was going on on the inside; I didn’t know how to feed myself, I didn’t know how to exercise smartly, I only did extremes. Through these five principles that I’ve named the “Living Clearly Method,” I’ve found clarity, I’ve found the ability to view a situation and be like “hey, I know which option to choose,” I know how far to go, or how to go back if I go too far.
HG: What’s your advice for someone who wants to be mindful about their wellness, but doesn’t know where to start?
HB: The first thing I have to say is that it’s possible, and it’s possible very quickly. We’re creatures of habit, and most of us are in bad habits. We tend to live in routine and have these blinders on that tell us what we do and what we don’t do. First thing to realize is that it’s possible. Your body is pretty much the same way as everyone else’s body, we’re all slightly different, but we’re all much more similar than we are different. Your body is a machine, and if you oil it well and take care of it and feed it, your body is going to work and be strong and happy as anybody else’s body. It’s about perspective, realizing you’re worth it. For me, I broke my hip and that was a wake-up call where I had to do things differently because I was in a wheelchair. But you don’t have to wait until that to treat your body the way it should be treated.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
HB: I like so many! I love triangle pose — I love variety. Sometimes I wanna lay in half pigeon, or fire up my quads and do some warrior. But I think the beauty in variety is what I love in yoga. But I do love triangle pose.
What’s the one makeup product that you think is worth investing in?
Too Faced mascara which is called Better Than Sex. The makeup I wear every day is that and CoverGirl — that brown eyeliner that has the smudging brush on the back. I literally wear those every day.
HG: What’s your beauty and skin care routine like?
HB: Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m trying to get much better about using sunscreen. EltaMD sunscreen, it’s a facial sunscreen. I was using the white one for a long time, but since it has such a high SPF it can make you look look a little pasty. The one I use now is tinted, which I don’t notice at all, it just looks natural. I use that every day. I also use Elta’s eye cream and night cream. I like to eat well and only drink a few times a week and that helps my skin.
HG: What’s next for you?
HB: Every day is exciting for me because I have little people running around. I actually just had my first acting experience last night. I had no idea what I was getting into. My husband told me a month or two ago, “oh we’re going to do this show together!” I had to no idea it was a talk show. I found out that it was actually a sitcom, so we filmed that yesterday and I was terrified but I had a lot of fun! I’m not an actor, I’m a yoga teacher. But we had a really fun time. I don’t know if you watch Nightcap, but it’s so funny. They had me doing some wild, wild, wild things and I was like, there’s no way! The hardest part of the whole thing was keeping a straight face.
You can pick up Hilaria’s book, The Living Clearly Method, here.