Maude Hirst

Maude Hirst

Meditation Teacher

Maude is a born and bred East Londoner. She’s an actor, writer, and yoga teacher best known for her role as Helga in the hit TV show ‘Vikings’. In her work on and off screen she is dedicated to creating roles to showcase women’s talent. As a yoga teacher she focusses her practice on reconnecting breath, body and balance to promote awareness and wellbeing. Maude believes yoga is not just about the physical postures but in gaining a greater connection to yourself, getting present in your body and finding tools to help you switch off from the stresses of everyday life. She completed her 200hr training in Hot Power Yoga with Dylan Ayaloo and now teaches a Power Yoga Vinyasa sequence. Maude believes Yoga has helped transform her life so wants to share her love for this practice with her students.


  • What does being healthy mean to you - really?

    Being healthy to me means paying attention to my body and giving it exactly what it needs. We often get caught up in the busyness of everyday life and forget to tune in and listen to how we really feel and the inner guidance of our bodies.

    Meditation can be a key tool to pause and check in. Your body knows what it needs to be healthy, our job is just to pause and listen.

  • One bit of advice you want to give to all Healthista readers?

    Life is all about balance. I believe anything in extreme can be unhealthy, including the good stuff. Switch the focus away from limiting yourself and adding in things that you don’t enjoy (just to be ‘healthy’) and focus on what makes you feel great.

    Find an exercise practice that you actually enjoy, add healthy bits to your diet that you think are delicious and find a mindfulness practice that helps you reduce your stress levels. Life is too short to spend it miserable and deprived – find YOUR individual balance.

  • One thing you do daily that you wouldn't be healthy without?

    Meditation. It is the first thing I do everyday before switching my phone on and it can completely shift the mood I wake up in from overthinking to a calm, clarity.

    As little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

  • What will you be bringing to the Healthista Collective?

    I will be bringing my passion and knowledge of mindfulness, demystifying what it means to be mindful (bringing awareness) and making it accessible to everyone. You don’t have to make huge changes in your life to feel significant shifts in your stress and anxiety levels, it can be as simple as bringing your awareness to your breath.

    I will be introducing lost of paths into mindfulness, so you can find one that works for your individual needs, whether it be an active yoga practice, a seated meditation or anything in between.

    Visit to find out more.

  • Favourite 10-minute healthy dinner?

    A warm halloumi salad with tender stem broccoli, asparagus and seeds:

    • Pan fry halloumi in a non-stick pan for 2 minutes on each side
    • Toast a selection of seeds (also in a non stick pan)
    • Steam broccoli and asparagus
    • Toss it all together in a bowl of lettuce and add an olive oil and balsamic dressing.

Maude Hirst - Recent Articles:

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