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Hilaria Baldwin Got Alec to Try Barre


Just imagine, for a second, the hotshot TV exec Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock being told to "tuck." Mind blowing, right? (If you're wondering what a barre tuck is, see WTF Is The Barre Tuck?)

Well, Hilaria Baldwin (AKA wife of Alec Baldwin and Manhattan-based yoga teacher), actually got her husband to try a barre class at Physique 57, according to an interview with The Cut. She says they've even tried acro-yoga. Color us impressed.

The soon-to-be mother of three chatted with The Cut about everything from her workouts to losing baby weight to her favorite not-so-secret guilty pleasures. (Spoiler alert: They're decaf soy lattes from Starbucks and Bark Thins.)

Hilaria Baldwin's other current obsessions include coconut water (which she says she drinks religiously when breastfeeding though she doesn't love the taste) and running (for about 30 minutes along the West Side Highway); however, she's been wellness-focused her whole life. She became vegetarian at 5 years old and gave up dairy at 20, and opened up her yoga studio Yoga Vida in 2005. But while she's stuck to her vegan diet, her idea of wellness has totally changed:

"In the past when I was young and a dancer, I was so afraid of carbs. I was so afraid of high fats. I'm at a point now where I'm quite happy with my body. I'm happy with my energy level. You think about nurturing yourself, rather than depriving yourself," she told The Cut. And now that she's a mom, she said she's much more focused on what her body can do, how it feels, and the example she's setting for her children. (Her Instagram posts of their yoga together prove she's off to a good start.)

And even though we love imagining Alec at the barre, our favorite takeaway from the interview is her stance on meditation.

"I don't believe in telling people to clear their minds.... Your mind is chatty, your body is pleasure-seeking. The trick with meditation is getting the mind to think about something that's healthy. Put the mind on the right track rather than emptying the mind, which is essentially impossible in my opinion, because the mind was not intended to be empty, it was intended to be full."

Feeling inspired to tackle some yoga and meditation? Try these Yoga Poses for Beginners and Your Guide to Meditation


Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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