You asked. We delivered. Following our successful first #TalkingMotherhood Event in May, we hosted another intimate gathering in New York City late September with beautiful, hardworking, inspirational women and moms to share stories about maternal wellness and self-care. The event was the second in Mitera's event series called the 'Talking Motherhood', focused on redefining motherhood for the modern mother. Four highly-regarded wellness experts who are moms themselves shared their own experiences and tips under the topic Maternal Wellness: Art of Self-Care. The panelists included nationally recognized experts ALISA VITTI, Integrative Nutritionist, Hormone Expert, and Author, ASHLY YASHCHIN, Founder of Barley + Oats, KRISTIN MCGEE, Celebrity Yoga + Pilates Instructor and REBECCA SINN, Entertainment & Special Projects Director at SELF Magazine. Yoko, Mitera's founder opened the night's discussion by sharing her experience working in the field of maternal and child health in the developing world and how she feels incredibly fortunate and at the same time responsible to live her own life to the fullest while uplifting others along the way. Throughout the evening, the panelists were generous in sharing honest and often hilarious anecdotal stories from their own lives and wellness tips and philosophy with the audience. Many from the audience also shared their own struggles and inspirational stories about wellness and the importance of self-care with others. The mood of the event was incredibly supportive, empowering and inspirational where people shed tears, shared laughter and hugs and gained new friends.
Kristin McGee, a nationally recognized celebrity yoga and Pilates teacher, speaker, and author of Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You (due January 17, 2017) has been at the forefront of the yoga industry since the 90’s. She is a sought after trainer with a roster of high profile celebrities including LeAnn Rimes Cibriann, Emilia Clarke, Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, Savannah Guthrie, Steve Martin, and Christine Taylor Stiller. She’s appeared on Access Hollywood, CNN, Fox, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and the Today Show and has been featured in Fitness, Glamour, Health, InStyle, People, Prevention, Shape, Vogue, and Women’s Health. Named one of the top 100 most influential yoga teachers in the U.S. by SONIMA in 2016, Kristin is a contributing editor at Health Magazine, a spokesperson for Power Pilates Gym on HSN, and a brand ambassador for multiple brands. She is a mom to Timothy and expecting twins this winter.
Alisa Vitti, HHC, is an integrative nutritionist, best-selling author of WomanCode, creator of the WomanCode System, and the founder of FLOLiving.com, a virtual health center that supports women’s hormonal and reproductive health. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Alisa has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, has a web series on Lifetime, and has been a regular contributor for CBS, Fox, Shape, Women’s Health, MindBodyGreen, and the Huffington Post. She is also "The Hormone Whisperer" for Yahoo Health and serves on their advisory board. She has presented at TEDx, Talks@Google, Summit Series Outside, Hay House, WIE Symposium, and SHE Summit.
Ashly Yashchin is the founder and CEO of Barley + Oats, a fully prepared meal delivery service for female health + the modern family. Always passionate about the connection between food + health, Ashly decided to leave a career in fashion and pursue her passions in health-supportive cooking in 2014. While a culinary student, she became pregnant with her first and grew hyperaware of the effects of the modern food system on female health and early childhood development. She set out to create a convenient solution to help women eat in a way that supported their systems and nourished their families.
Rebecca Sinn is the Entertainment and Special Projects director at SELF, responsible for overseeing all talent included in the magazine–from the celebs, athletes, models and personalities that grace the cover, to the inside features as well as working on any videos and events in which SELF has a role. Rebecca has been behind major stories like Ronda Rousey’s November 2015 cover, January/Feburary 2016’s Body Image Package, the inspiring "Why I" videos that follow top athletes from different sports and the annual Best Bodies issue. Before her time at SELF, she served as entertainment editor for Glamour Magazine and prior to that held roles at Interview Magazine and Vanity Fair.
Guests enjoyed amazing and nutritious food courtesy of Barley + Oats, some raspberry and mint infused water and sweets. Before and after the enlightened discussion, all those in attendance shopped our collection, tried on samples with some walking away with their new Mitera purchases.
Thanks to our amazing partner, SELF Magazine, all those in attendance was treated with a free copy of the October issue which features our fearless Founder, Yoko. We definitely felt the love and power of the motherhood community at this event again and people lingered long after the event to chat. We want to thank the amazing panelists and audience for our successful second Talking Motherhood event which was again educational, inspirational and empowering all at the same time. We can hardly wait for the next event. Stay tuned.