Hilaria Thomas, the Spanish Yoga teacher who captivated Alec Baldwin

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Actor Alec Baldwin, right and his wife Hilaria Thomas arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Alec Baldwin married in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, earlier this year. His new bride is Spanish-Majorcan yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, who is 25 years his junior.

Who is Hilaria Thomas?

Hilaria Thomas is now Hilaria Baldwin, but who is the woman who captured the actor’s heart?

Thomas, 28, is taking her husband’s name but she has had a full life before meeting him. She is a Yoga instructor and part-owner at Yoga Vida near Union Square in New York City.

Hilaria Thomas was born in Mallorca, Spain, and she spent her childhood living between her birthplace and Boston. Her parents now reside in Mallorca. As a young child, she studied ballet, flamenco and gymnastics and at the age of 13 she began international Latin ballroom dancing.

She has competed professionally as a Latin dancer in the United States, Europe and Asia. She also graduated from New York University where she majored in art history and dance and has been teaching fitness and dance for over ten years.

Nevertheless, she never wanted to lose her roots, which is the reason why she returned on several occasions to Spain to be with her family and to perfect her flamenco dance skills, a discipline that she combines with yoga.

The Spaniard has a video blog account on YouTube where she posts tips and advice for her yoga method beginners. In fact, Thomas has managed to turn the previously-grumpy actor into a happy guy with her Yoga teachings. The actor said that Thomas “has caused positive changes in his life,” in reference to the diet his wife has imposed on him and her help in battling his alcoholism.

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Hilaria Thomas has been teaching yoga since 2005. As her teaching class page explains, in her classes you are invited to experience the body-mind union that is yoga as well as its fitness benefits. (Photo Daily Beast via wellandgoodnyc)

Hilaria Thomas has been teaching yoga since 2005.

As her teaching class page explains, in her classes you are invited to experience the  body-mind union that is yoga as well as its fitness benefits. Thomas stresses the reason for each yoga movement, and enables students to take charge of their own practice and understand the final purpose of yoga.

Thomas told Alignyo that ever since she was a little girl, her mother taught her how to listen to her body. She was a hyperactive kid who loved to climb on top of the swing set rather than use it for its intended purpose. Her mother, instead of complaining about her daughter’s acrobatics, let her explore her limits.

Thomas claims it is that body awareness that guides her every day and is the inspiration that fuels her teaching.

Hilaria and Alec, love at first sight in a restaurant

When Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas locked eyes for the first time in February 2011, at Pure Food and Wine, a vegetarian restaurant in Manhattan, Thomas had no idea who she was talking to. Baldwin says he already knew he was talking to the “woman of his life.”

Thomas said she was standing near the door chatting with her friends when Baldwin walked up, took her hand and said he had to know her, then he handed her his phone number.

Thomas claims that she immediately fell in love with the actor, who she didn’t know was so famous. She had just said to her girlfriends she was ready to meet someone and fall in love, and there was Baldwin staring at her. The rest is history.

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Hilaria Thomas Baldwin is an instructor and part-owner at Yoga Vida near Union Square in New York City. (Screen capture from The Daily video)

Alec Baldwin’s TV comedy “30 Rock” is coming to an end, but he is not worried at all. His wife is preparing to star in her own small screen project. Baldwin stated in The Los Angeles Times that Thomas is about to be in a “yet-to-be-announced fitness/health show, and she’s going to make a million dollars and be the next Jane Fonda.”

Good luck to Hilaria Baldwin; she’s the new wind under Alec Baldwin’s wings.

 

 

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