Co-Founder of Yoga Vida and Author of The Living Clearly Method
BCM: If you could describe motherhood in one word, what would it be?
BCM: What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
HB: When they kiss each other. I feel like I've done something right.
BCM: What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
HB: Be kind. There isn't enough kindness in the world and it is our job to make our home a better place by treating all creatures and things with respect and love.
BCM: Congratulations on all your new book, The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life, which is due out in January. What inspired you to write it?
HB: I have been teaching these principles in my classroom for a long time. I realized that writing a book gives me the opportunity to bring my teachings and messages to a bigger audiences. So I can help more people.
BCM: You’ve been a yoga instructor for more than 10 years. What is your best advice for moms looking to start taking yoga?
HB: Have a sense of humor. So many people tell me they are afraid to start because they might not be any good at it or they are afraid to be judged. Yoga is the land of no judgements so you are safe in the studio. There is no reason you should be amazing at it because it's new. So love the process of falling over and discovering. You will get stronger and more flexible if you stick with it. I promise.
BCM: What are some of the benefits of yoga for moms?
HB: Being a mother means taking on the role of the ultimate, selfless giver. We will do anything for our children. But, just because we are moms doesn't mean we have to lose ourselves. Doing yoga not only will energize you and make you healthier, but you will find mental peace and get fitter, to love your body completely. You deserve it.
BCM: What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
HB: It's ok to not get it right all the time, just always be respectful.
BCM: How do you tackle work/life balance?
HB: Not always well. I find that I cut into my sleep--which is not good, but seems unavoidable with three babies, 3 and under. I try to have perspective and I'm a great multitasker. This helps a lot because if I can eliminate or reduce stress, I find that I'm more efficient and productive.
BCM: wHAT is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
HB: I have 2...the first is finding some me time to exercise...even if it is only for a short 10 minutes. Moving around connects me to myself and allows me to recenter, making me feel energized and ready to get back in the game of life.
The other is checking in on all my kids once they are sleeping. It is amazing how chaotic the day is and how wild the babies can be at times. But then they finally sleep. And they are so sweet to look at. It gives me a minute to stare and love them completely sans any drama. They can be such angels!
BCM: What is your best parenting hack?
HB: Deep breathing. Helps me not lose my cool.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
When I can tell that they are going to be really upset that I have to go, I tell them I'm going to the market. I ask them to give me a few items to put on a list and they happily let me go. But I always have to make sure I come back with those things when I return! We are developing quite a large stash of granola bars!
BCM: What was the last book you read?
HB: Take My Heart My Child by Ainsley Earhardt
Favorite Beauty Product:
HB: Two faced mascara
Favorite Form of Exercise:
What is on your DVR?
HB: I don’t watch TV!
Favorite Kids Store:
HB: Baby Gap