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11 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Anya Hayes. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Anya Hayes, often where they are interviewed.

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Reconnecting with the Pelvic floor and Mindbody Wellness with Anya Hayes

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Anya Hayes is a Pilates instructor, Mindfulness teacher and author of many pre and postnatal books, including ‘The Supermum Myth’ and ‘Pilates for Pregnancy’. She’s on a mission to empower women with the tools to navigate modern motherhood with pelvic floor and sanity intact.

I believe that we all deserve to thrive, not just survive 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.

  • Anya has worked with pregnant and postnatal women for many years
  • Initially she was more focussed on physical strength, but after her own pregnancies and births she changed her approach to be more mindful and address emotional resilience
  • Even a smooth, straightforward birth experience can still feel like a trauma
  • The physical and mental are so linked, especially in early motherhood
  • The impact of depletion
  • Pressing pause, acknowledging the need for rest
  • Worked with Emma Cannon as editor of her ‘Baby-Making Bible’
  • The vocabulary around birth - praise if you’ve had a drug-free birth and the sense of failure around abdominal birth
  • Needing to be kind to yourself and not judging yourself
  • Slowing down 
  • Not being in control
  • Fundamental inner strength 
  • The ‘bounceback’ gets prioritised instead of real recovery
  • Aesthetic instead of longevity prioritised 
  • Exercise in the first trimester: listen to your body. Fatigue.
  • We’re taught to override what our body is telling us
  • Different for each individual 
  • Trusting your gut
  • What’s nourishing for you and what makes you feel healthy and well?
  • “There’s so much toil going on inside”
  • Our society doesn’t hold rest in high esteem
  • The isolation of being in early pregnancy and feeling like you’re not meant to share
  • The need for open discussion in a safe space
  • Miscarriage is really common, yet it’s not talked about 
  • The trauma of not being able to share and how it stays within you
  • An internal examination with a women’s health physiotherapist
  • Kegel’s exercise emphasises the squeeze, but it’s also important to learn to soften and release - which isn’t easy to fathom
  • The link between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor and using the sensations of the breath to connect with the pelvic floor
  • Linking the pelvic floor with everyday movements such as lifting a bag of washing or toddler, so it isn’t another ‘to-do’ and it’s a functional movement
  • Giving yourself an internal examination with clean hands, place your finger inside your vagina, squeeze effectively and it should feel as if there’s a baby sucking on the finger
  • You can’t strengthen something you can’t connect to- you need the softness and awareness to be able to feel
  • “I’m a living, dynamic, moving being: everything I’m doing is exercise”
  • Every movement in the body influences and is influenced by the pelvic floor
  • Pelvic floor health declines with age, particularly if it isn’t maintained with exercise and awareness
  • Changing the vocabulary around the pelvic floor - e.g gently undulating so it can adapt to our daily life
  • Accessing specialist postnatal care
  • All women who feel safe to do so, should have an internal check postnatally
  • Massage, breathing and movement for scar release
  • Women’s health physiotherapy should be available to all  
  • Gentle pelvic floor awareness and diaphragmatic breathing can be done within 24hours of birth
  • Avoid high-intensity exercise until you’ve had a pelvic floor check
  • Pelvic tilts, spinal mobility and stretching whenever you feel able
  • Reframe exercise to movement 
  • Pelvic floor recovery will also have a strengthening effect on the abdominals
  • Massage for diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • Alignment and posture have an impact on healing a diastasis, so you have strength for your centre before you put load on it
  • Don’t feel guilty for needing space - it’s never selfish to step back. You can be there more for others if you’ve given yourself space.


Anya Hayes, Author of ‘The Supermum Myth’


‘Pilates for Pregnancy’







Jan 15 2020 · 1hr 11mins
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4: Pre and Post Natal Mental Health with Anya Hayes

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In this episode I am talking pre and post natal mental health with Anya Hayes of Mothers’ Wellness Toolkit.

Anya is an author and speaker particularly focused on women’s health and wellness. She is also a Pilates teacher specialising in pregnancy and post-natal, and is training to teach Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – the NICE-recommended treatment for depression and anxiety. During the conversation Anya recommends Ruby Wax’s book Frazzled which is a great book on this topic! 

As you will hear Anya is a fountain of knowledge and, in addition to this episode of the Finally Pregnant podcast, you can tap into loads more information via her books which include Pregnancy: The Naked Truth, Pilates for Pregnancy and the Supermum Myth – details of these and all of her work can be found on her website

You can also find Anya on instagram @Mothers.Wellness.Toolkit.

I really hope you enjoy listening. Please don’t forget to subscribe, rate, review and share because we need to spread the word.
 Look forward to hearing from you!
 Cat @tryingyears
Jun 11 2019 · 52mins

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102: Busting The Supermum Myth: Does She Really Exist? | Anya Hayes

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Modern motherhood is relentless says mum of two boys, Anya Hayes. Mums are expected to be all things to all people and hold it together without the wheels falling off. But it can be hard to remain peaceful and balanced when your kids sit on your lap while you’re on the loo.   Anya is a health and wellbeing writer and editor, and founder of Mothers’ Wellness Toolkit. She's a Pilates teacher who specialises in pregnancy and postnatal and her 4th book, The SuperMum Myth has recently been launched.

Today Anya will empower you to stop feeling like a ‘rubbish mum’, by breaking down the unrealistic expectation of what it means to be a perfect mum. We address some of the big 'Mum Gremlins' like guilt, anxiety and self sabotage and talk about solutions to uproot negative emotions and thought patterns for good.

Anya knows that the best mum is the good-enough mum and teaches you to embrace your wonderful imperfection, so you'll start to see yourself in a kinder light.

You can find the full write up from this episode including the Show Notes at www.Lisa-York.com/102

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Let's Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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Apr 15 2019 · 1hr
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Navigating Motherhood with Perinatal Expert & Author of 'The Supermum Myth' Anya Hayes

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I’m joined by mum of two, Pilates master and author of The Supermum myth Anya Hayes. Whether your a pregnant lady, new mum or beyond the early days we have all be struck down by the c word - Comparison It sure can be a pain in the a*se and Anya is here to help women turn around negative thought patterns and learn to stop comparing themselves to others, and end the berating of oneself for not living up to the unrealistic and frankly quite ridiculous notion that we as a society have created of the Supermum.
Apr 02 2019 · 46mins

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Mum Guilt, Perfectionism & Imposter Syndrome: Letting Go of What Isn’t Serving You and Choosing a New Narrative with Anya Hayes

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Hey loves!  I’m excited to bring you today’s show as I’m talking to Anya Hayes who is, amongst other things, author of the fantastic book The SuperMum Myth.  Anya and I dig into so many great topics, such as Mum Guilt, Perfectionism, Self Doubt, Imposter Syndrome, the list goes on.

But here’s what’s interesting: Anya helps women with postnatal health and wellbeing and I help women to create success on their terms.  On the surface, our work might not sound like it has a ton in common. But what struck me most from our conversation was just how pervasive these themes are for us as mothers AND business owners and I was reminded once again of how important it is for us to take a holistic view of our lives and businesses because they DO all blend together.  And when we commit to taking care of our health and wellbeing, whether mentally, physically or both, that can have a beautiful impact across our lives, not just in the one area we might have intended. So, let’s do it, let’s dig into Mum Guilt, Perfectionism, Imposter Syndrome and more! Let’s let go of those things that aren’t serving us and choose a new, more supportive narrative.


  • Anya talks about her multi-hyphen career and how tragedy and redundancy contributed to her taking leaps into working doing the things that make her feel most alive
  • Cori and Anya discuss imposter syndrome and how it can sometimes be hard for us to own our achievements
  • Anya digs into the topic of striving to be “Perfect Mum”; where the pressure comes from and how to embrace imperfection instead
  • Cori and Anya talk about the importance of providing mothers with tools and strategies that support their mindset and wellbeing which can actually be used realistically within that busy Mum life
  • Anya shares her tips for deciphering true guilt from Mum Guilt and her methods for tackling guilt in a practical way.


Anya is a Pilates instructor, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher and author specialising in pre and postnatal health and wellness. Anya is on a mission to empower women with the tools to navigate through the motherhood labyrinth with pelvic floor and sanity intact. She’s the co-author of The Supermum Myth: Overcome anxiety, ditch guilt and embrace imperfection. Her new book, Pilates for Pregnancy, is out now. Postnatal Pilates publishes with Bloomsbury next year.

Find out about Anya’s Mama MIND-BODY Program here: https://www.wellnesstoolkit.co.uk/

Where to follow Anya:

Blog: https://motherswellnesstoolkit.wordpress.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/mothers.wellness.toolkit

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thesupermummyth

Cori and Anya refer to:

The Multi-hyphen method book*: https://amzn.to/2V2zQhc

*Affiliate link

Join Cori’s FREE Facebook Group, Limitless Mothers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/limitlessmothers/

Feb 20 2019 · 53mins
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Episode 23 - Anya Hayes on motherhood, birth trauma, pelvic floors and self-compassion!

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Hurray it’s the start of season 3 with our 23rd episode, and this week I am joined by lovely lady of everything that is compassionate and calm around post-natal wellbeing and pelvic floor health. Anya Hayes is a pilates teacher, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy coach and author of 5 books so far on everything from pregnancy pilates to being or not being a Supermum to postnatal pilates and beyond.

You can connect with Anya on Instagram and Facebook: @mothers.wellness.toolkit

And check out Anya’s website here: https://motherswellnesstoolkit.wordpress.com

And check out all of Anya’s books on her author page on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2FEMaAz

Anya mentioned the book “Thrive Through Yoga” by Nicola Jane Hobbs: https://amzn.to/2R3rEe6

We mentioned Suzy Reading: http://www.suzyreading.co.uk

And Anya also mentioned The Positive Planner Journal: https://www.thepositiveplanner.co.uk

We hope you enjoyed this episode - please come to Instagram and find me on @love_movement_sussex and let me know what you think and any comments you may have on the topics we discussed.

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Thank you!

Jan 22 2019 · 1hr 15mins
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In Conversation with Anya Hayes on postpartum wellness and moments of pure happiness.

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Welcome to episode 6 of Three Sixty Conversations.  Today I am having a nourishing conversion with Anya Hayes aka @mothers.wellness.toolkit about postpartum wellness, taking time to notice how you are feeling and the trap of comparison!  Anya also shares some gems on caring for your pelvic floor and how ‘moments of pure happiness’ can be an anchor during times of emotional challenge. (01:22:57).

Anya is a pilates teacher who specialises in pregnancy and postpartum    .  She is also a published author with 4 books under her belt and a 5th book coming out in September 2018.  Anya started her blog Mothers Wellness Toolkit after a hugely traumatic birth experience with her first child.

Anya is a huge advocate for women’s health and focuses on pregnancy and post birth wellness as there is a huge gap in the was women are supported once they have given birth.  She has joined forces with a multi disciplinary team of women to form the Pelvic Floor Patrol (01:10:00) to campaign for change in postnatal care.  Anya shares her passion for women’s wellness and pelvic floor health with content on her instagram page, check out her pelvic floor instagram stories and thank me later!

The first Three Sixty urban day retreat well take place in London on Sunday 9th September 2018.  The day will be dedicated to caring for your mind, body and soul with workshops facilitated by experts including Anya!!!  The aim of the day is to provide a restorative space and practical tools to integrate the ethos of the retreat with daily life.  I am so excited as to bring this to life as I am very passionate about supporting us (myself included) to find ways of integrate wellness into daily life.  If you would like more details sign up to my wellness mailing list here.  I promise no spam #GDPR.


Please do like, comment and subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please check out the Three Sixty website and online store!  The first offering in the online store is my first capsule collection inspired by the phrase ‘Keep It Simple’.  This six piece collection features jumpsuits and dresses that simplify getting dressed, giving you more time to focus on setting intentions, staying grounded and lighting up your day.

Jun 07 2018 · 1hr 37mins
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Anya Hayes On The Supermum Myth

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How often do you have moments where you feel like you’re trying to juggle it all – motherhood, work, friends – and failing? You look around and see other people seemingly doing a great job, totally nailing life! Well, this is the Supermum Myth and author Anya Hayes reckons while we all have Supermum moments in life, no one actually is a supermum.

I’m so pleased to have mum of two and maternal wellness champion, Anya on this episode of the podcast – she’s a real breath of fresh air and has lots of nuggets of wisdom about how to navigate motherhood without beating ourselves up too much.

Anya’s book – The Supermum Myth – is available in all good bookshops and Amazon and you can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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May 11 2018 · 54mins
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Interview Twenty Three with Anya Hayes - Author, Speaker and Pilates Teacher

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 Anya is a Pilates teacher, writer and speaker focusing on perinatal physical and mental health. Anya trained as a Pilates teacher before becoming a mum, after a sudden bereavement forced her to assess what life really means and prompted her to choose a "passion-led" portfolio career over her full-time editorial role in book publishing. Anya is on a mission to empower women with the tools to travel smoothly through motherhood mayhem, with pelvic floor and sanity intact.

She's the author of four books: My Pilates Guru; A Little Course in Pilates; Pregnancy: the Naked Truth and The Supermum Myth: Overcome anxiety, ditch guilt and embrace imperfection. (All these books were magically written by pixies while she was sleep deprived and juggling babies.) Her fifth book, Pilates for Pregnancy comes out in September.

She has two boys, Maurice 6, and Freddie, 3, who make the freelance mum-juggle totally worth while. Most of the time. A freelance mum doing the self-employed mum krypton factor every day!




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Apr 01 2018 · 48mins
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Episode 16: Anya Hayes

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Today’s guest is Anya Hayes. Anya is a Pilates instructor, author, and public speaker specialising in pregnancy and post-natal care.

With 4 books under her belt she is a woman on a mission to help other women understand their bodies and how pregnancy affects us. Her career path is so interesting and I love how she has turned some really quite dark times into happiness, and built a career around something she is so utterly passionate about.

Anya gives some great advice for expectant mothers, new mothers and those who had babies years ago, but a lot of this advice is applicable to all women. We need to be more open about discussing pelvic floor issues, and a lot of this begins with simply being able to say the word vagina without squirming, and we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help when we think we need it.

Hopefully this podcast will help you be the expert on you! Enjoy.

Anya's favourite books:

1. Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali (buy it here: http://amzn.to/2IDYorq)

2. What Mothers Do, Especially When It Looks Like Nothing by Naomi Stadlen (buy it here: http://amzn.to/2IDZ2Fm)

Where to find out more about Anya:

- Website: https://motherswellnesstoolkit.wordpress.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motherswellnesstoolkit/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesupermummyth
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mothers.wellness.toolkit/

Where To Buy Anya's Books:

- The Supermum Myth: http://amzn.to/2FShh7X
- Pregnancy The Naked Truth: http://amzn.to/2FOJDnF
- My Pilates Guru: http://amzn.to/2GFAv1P
- Pilates For Pregnancy: http://amzn.to/2poe0aq
- A Little Course In Pilates: http://amzn.to/2pt2Lxs
Mar 19 2018 · 1hr 10mins