Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday -- Yoga With Hilaria Thomas Baldwin!

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Hilaria Thomas Baldwin practices yoga in NYC --
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Hilaria Thomas Baldwin practices yoga in NYC --

Healthy Hollywood (me, Terri MacLeod) met up with New York City yoga teacher (and new wife of Alec Baldwin) Hilaria over the weekend. I got invited to take an outdoor yoga class with her in Central Park as part of FITNESS magazine's annual Mind, Body, Spirit Games.

So, there I am on the mat very early Saturday morning doing a series of yoga poses outside in the fresh air. Not a bad way to wake-up!

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As my teacher, Hilaria (like most of my yoga teachers) is an inspiration. First off, she's gorgeous and has that enviable yoga body, but above all, she's super sweet with a grounded spiritual vibe. It now makes sense how this mellow-minded yoga teacher was able to tame and marry the sometimes hot-headed Alec Baldwin. Hey, she's even got "The 30 Rock" star to practice yoga.

Hilaria, who is part-owner and teaches at NYC's Yoga Vida studio, says everyone can benefit from yoga.

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"One of the most common things I hear is 'I'm going to be tightest person' or 'I'm going to be the most un-flexible.' But, the purpose of yoga is to teach flexibility. So, don't be intimidated if you can't touch your toes, there are lots of folks out there practicing who started in a similar condition," she explains.

Plus, as Hilaria points out and as I try to tell my guy friends; the hottest gals on the planet practice yoga.

"It is actually the smartest place for a single guy to come because there are a lot of women in spandex. Plus, the yoga body and the yoga butt are not bad to look at," jokes Hilaria.

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In celebration of September being National Yoga Month, there is a lot of attention on the health benefits of yoga and how it inspires a healthier lifestyle.

"It's the one thing I do every day," reveals Hilaria, who adds, "It makes you more centered. It teaches you how to relax your shoulders. It teaches you how to breathe. It changes your body. It's a whole body workout, so you're going to get a lot more fit and cut and you're not going to be so tight."

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For more fitness/yoga tips, check out www.fitnessmagazine.com.

-- Terri MacLeod

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