About Anya Hayes

Hello! Thanks for being here, it’s lovely to have you.

I’m Anya. I’m a mum of 2 brilliant bonkers boys, Maurice and Freddie, married to Ben, and we live in South East London. I’m a Pilates teacher, Mindfulness coach and author specialising in pre and postnatal vitality and self-compassion. I’m on a mission to empower women with the tools to navigate the landscape of modern motherhood with pelvic floor and sanity intact. We all deserve to thrive, not just survive in motherhood. Our energies and vitality not only benefit us, but also model good self-care habits for our children to help us all to feel better, feel more alive. I’ve just started a full-time job as Commissioning Editor for Watkins Publishing, publisher of Mind, Body, Spirit books. 

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I’m a Wellbeing Ambassador for Neom Organics, a brand I’ve loved and supported since I discovered it 10 years ago: enhancing wellbeing through scents and skincare made with totally natural essential oils. I’m delighted to be able to share with you brand new products in this blog before they hit the stores.

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Modern motherhood is relentless. Mums are expected to be all things to all people: to keep on top of all our children’s emotional and educational needs, have regular mani-pedis and a sparkling social life, plus climb to our stellar career – all without the wheels falling off.

It’s hard to remain peaceful and balanced at all times when your only moment of calm is when a small child sits still on your lap while you’re on the loo. Mothers’ Wellness Toolkit offers you calming tools for those days when you’re tearing your hair out and secretly want to escape out the bathroom window. Mind and body tools you can easily incorporate into your daily habits, to build your resilience and positivity.

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Life is all about balance and awareness, reality not perfection.

I’ve been teaching Pilates for 12 years and practising it for longer. I’m evangelical about its magic powers for body balance and mindful mojo. I’m also a devoted yogi – Thailand is my happy place. For me, the body and mind are interconnected and inseparable: movement is a priority for my mental health if nothing else. A bit of space just for me. It’s not about having “the perfect body”, it’s about feeling better, stronger, happier.

My personal toolkit for wellness, joy and balance:

Listen to your body and look after yourself. Notice how you are day to day. Breathing, and mental and physical space away from the mayhem – a patch of non-negotiable time, even if that is just 5 minutes, every day for Pilates and calm. My current non-negotiable self-care strategy is Sunday morning yoga.

Balance and moderation. Green juice and coffee, water and prosecco. A little bit of what you fancy. I love wine, and chocolate, and no amount of “clean eating” images on Instagram are going to make me give up these things. So I’m learning not to berate or judge myself when I choose them.

Be kind  – starting with yourself. Cultivate self-compassion, and everything else will slot in to place. This is the hardest nut to crack, I think.

Do one thing a day that brings you joy – however small, and notice, completely savour, that joy.

Remember that life is a balance of opposites: yin, yang. Dark, light. Joy and sadness. An understanding of the universe’s natural cycle, ebb and flow, up and down, will help you to foster resilience like a life jacket for more challenging times.

I’ve written 6 books:

My Pilates Guru, A Little Course in Pilates, Pregnancy: The Naked Truth.

The Supermum Myth IS OUT NOW. You can order it here.

My new book Pilates for Pregnancy is out now, order it here.

Postnatal Pilates publishes with Bloomsbury in the new year.

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I hope you enjoy! Please get in touch if you’d like to chat or have any questions about any of the info on the blog x

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