Mother to a three year old, expecting twins, celebrity yoga instructor, Kristin McGee has her hands full! You may have seen this beautiful mama blasted all over our social media and maaaybe featured in Vogue, the Today Show, CNN…shall we keep going? As a Borrow For Your Bump box subscriber, we take full advantage of her gorgeous NYC photo ops – and the falling leaves in Central Park (a girl can dream). We were lucky enough to grab a few moments of her time to chat about what it’s like raising a family in the middle of one of the busiest and most adventurous cities, her guilty pleasures (hint: you probably have some in your pantry), some junior yoga tips as well as some stretches you can do after (and with) baby.
Tell us about your journey and how you became a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor?
In the early 90’s, I moved to NYC from Idaho to attend NYU Acting School. In my acting classes, we were using yoga as a warm up for our breath, speech and movement. I fell in love with yoga and certified to teach upon graduating. I started teaching at all of the local yoga studios and gyms. At the gyms where I taught I was often asked to teach Pilates classes as well, so I certified in Pilates. I was teaching a yoga class in Times Square area one day and an MTV producer took my class. She asked me to audition for the MTV yoga DVD and I ended up starring, hosting and choreographing 4 MTV workout videos. From there I started working with celebrity clients, writing for magazines, going on TV as a yoga/Pilates/fitness expert and hosting on HSN for the Pilates Power Gym.
What did you want to be growing up?
I always wanted to be an actress especially in the theater.
What’s it like raising a family in the heart of NYC?
It’s incredible! I feel like Timothy is learning every single day. He’s exposed to so many cultures and incredible things to do. We live a block from Central Park so I feel like he still has some nature as well; but I do miss that aspect of living in NYC. We go home to Idaho often so he can run around outdoors. It’s actually quite easy to get around here because of public transportation and being able to walk every where. I love it.
How are you planning to adjust to being a mom of one to a mom of THREE?!
I’m just winging it! Seriously I am taking day by day and trying to cherish my time alone with Timothy before his brothers arrive. We’ve gotten the nursery set up, a bugaboo double stroller and most of the necessities we will need. I need to figure out my help though big time. I have a part time nanny now and I love being able to work part time and still be a very hands on mom. I’m not sure how I will juggle it all with three though.
Where do you find your inspiration for your business?
When I teach class, as I walk around NYC, from Timothy, from other incredible women making things happen, from mom and fitness friends, from my mom and my family, from my own practice.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Before getting pregnant it was a glass of red wine! My main guilty pleasure is massage or a private reformer session from one of my esteemed teachers. I love working out on the Pilates equipment. I only feel guilty about taking class or working out now just because it’s time away from my son; but I am a much better mom when I do something awesome for myself. Even if I just get a mani/pedi once a week or a blow out now and then!
Biggest mom guilt confession?
Letting Timothy use his iPad (he loves word games or Peppa Pig YouTube!) while I get work done.
How do you balance work and play?
My work is play, I love being able to do yoga or workout with people all day long! It’s the management stuff that can get overwhelming but Timothy is here to remind me to put the laptop down and go have fun!
What blogs and books are you reading/loving/obsessing?
I wish I was reading more, I love to read but I often get so tired at night and fall asleep. I read mindbodygreen.com and wellandgoodnyc.com. I look on Instagram probably more than I need to. I want to go back and read Autobiography of a Yogi. I love at yeahdave.com blogs and meditations.
Any fun life hacks you want to share?
I can’t live without coconut oil for everything from mascara remover to belly rub to cooking it’s really great for everything. In NYC there are a few great resources one is TASK RABBIT they do everything from errands to furniture assembly. I also like Blue Apron for cooking and recipe inspiration. I also recently discovered MUNCHERY which is chef made meals delivered daily that are really tasty and healthy and I can use them when my husband is away and I don’t feel like cooking for myself.
What do you wish you would have known then, that you know now?
To be an early user on up and coming social media tools such as YouTube, Instagram, etc. I used to be somewhat tech ignorant and my husband who works in tech was the one to get me using a Mac and then an iPhone (I held on to my blackberry too long!) and he has always encouraged me to play around with new technologies.
What’s a picture-perfect day look like for you?
Wake up and meditate
Do some yoga or Pilates or any kind of movement/workout
Eat a really yummy healthy breakfast
Snuggle with Timothy
Walk Timothy to school
See some clients or teach class
Pick up Timothy play play play
Do some photos or videos for my social media content
Have a delicious healthy dinner with the family
Give Timothy a bath
Read a great book put him to sleep
Get a back rub (and then some!) from my husband
Go to sleep happy and content
What are some of your go-to beauty products?
I recently discovered beterre.com skin care line and it’s really great non toxic products that work and feel amazing. I also love kaianaturals.com juicy bamboo make up remover wipes. Aura Cacia makes amazing essential oils that work as perfume or pick me ups (the orange is one of my favorites). I drink a lot of ubr water. I like Bobbi Brown under eye concealer and shu uemera eyelash curler.
What is your go-to outfit?
When I’m not in yoga gear? I love a pair of Paige skinny jeans, a white tee and a leather jacket with Vince slip on shoes or high heel booties if I’m going out.
Where do you love to shop (online or in NYC)?
I like Paige, Rag and Bone, Zara, Bloomies, Sweatty Betty, Lululemon and there’s a great service I discovered called Trunk Club that curates outfits for you once they know your style and it’s super easy and convenient. It’s also hard to not spend too much $. And of course I love Borrow For Your Bump while expecting!
Favorite local place to eat?
We have a favorite pizza place called Patsy’s up the block from us, it’s great. Bar Pitti is one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. I love Boulud Sud, Nanoosh and Sushi of Gari.
If you could give one piece of advice to another mama?
To thine own self be true! Listen to your gut and know that you’re doing great. It’s ok to get advice from family and friends but at the end of the day you’re the mom and you should do what feels right for you and your child or children. NO GUILT!
How do you create balance in your work life and personal life (wife/partner, mama)?
Never much of a balance but more like a juggling act. When one ball is in the air concentrate on that one and then toss the next one up and then the next but always stay focused on the one you’re watching at that time knowing there are the other two in your hands. I think you have to let some things go and know you can’t do it all. I think delegating tasks when and where you can and afford to really helps. I finally decided I would much rather work a few more hours to pay for house cleaning then clean the house myself. I’m also trying to let go of some of my business pressures by finding an assistant who can help answer emails etc. I LOVE being a mom and that usually takes the most precedence of all; but I also realize I need to keep my business going because I also love that and I want to be a good partner to my husband as well and not leave him out.
What is your fitness routine as an expecting mom?
I haven’t been as active with my twin pregnancy but I still do yoga, Pilates and some strength training. I walk everywhere and run after Timothy!
What are some great stretches for junior yogis who are expecting?
I love pigeon pose, propped up goddess pose, extended side angle, cat/cow, downward dog, wide knee child’s pose, straddle forward bend and tree pose.
How can moms incorporate yoga after the baby comes?
You can lay your baby on the mat and do downdogs above he or she as well as cat/cow and bird dog. You can hold your little one while doing warriors or prop them on your knee. You can do kiss me push-ups while they lie on the floor under neath you. You can cradle them and breathe deeply and let them feel your calm and presence. You can also do your own practice when they nap even a quick 15-20 minutes and you’ll feel amazing!
How do you manage being a mom and a wife or partner?
I encourage Timothy’s dad to be hands on and an active dad. He feels proud when he takes responsibility. I also try and schedule some date nights or things that my husband and I can do alone even if just a few times a month. We connect sometimes early in the morning or before bed at night when Timothy’s asleep. We find fun things to do together as a family. I think in the beginning my focus was so much on being a mom and I realized I also needed to be a partner as well but I think this is natural and all parties have to understand there are ups and downs in relationships.
What is one thing you have had to sacrifice for the sake of motherhood?
I think doing things with my single friends. It’s harder to just drop things and go hang out or see a movie or have a glass of wine somewhere when you have to get a sitter etc. It’s so much easier to meet moms who have kids and make playdates out of it. I miss a lot of my friends that I would do yoga with or have more freedom to see before I had Timothy; but I hope they understand and it might just be a part of becoming a mom. I think there will be a time when it will be easier again once the kids hit a certain age.
What is one question you have for other mamas out there?
I would love to know how anyone survives without any real quality sleep any more?!
Anything else you would love to share?
Just that everything you could possibly ever, want, have or need is right inside of you. Remember you’re doing great and be sooo kind to yourself daily so that your cup is full and it overflows for all of the people in your life that you love and care for.