About

Maude Hirst

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 well-being. 

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.

Maude's Meditation

One of the most important things I have learnt over the past few months is how vital a daily meditation practice is to my life. I started practicing as little as 10 minutes a day using the 'headspace' app and now sit for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour every morning. Giving yourself this time before launching into your day can transform the way you feel, think and approach things and in a world that is full of stress and distractions, it is key to start the day with clarity. 

I used to have a confused idea of what meditation was. I thought it was about sitting with a totally clear mind and not allowing thoughts to crop up. A blissful nothingness. Which I quickly realised was impossible, especially when first attempting to meditate, so invariably I would sit and get annoyed when the thoughts arose. However, through my training I learnt that a big part of meditation is actually sitting with your thoughts, allowing them to come up but becoming an observer of them, instead of being in the middle of them. From the place of the observer, you can start sorting through your thoughts and prioritising what you need to actually focus on. Leaving you with a clarity and calmness that you didn't have before. This is meditation.

How to begin:

All you need to do at first is commit to sitting still for the set amount fo time you chose. Set a gentle alarm and sit. It can feel uncomfortable at first, even painful but trust me, the more consistently you practice the easier it becomes. You will start noticing the effects it has on your life pretty quickly. 

Try it for yourself and email me with any thoughts or questions you have in regards to your meditation.

I will be starting an online meditation series soon. Join the mailing list to be the first to know more.

Maude x