Kira Roark

When not writing for Books for Better Living, KIRA ROARK is practicing yoga, meditating, reading, and going on relaxed runs on the creek trail down the street. Or ... watching Real Housewives and lazing by the pool. (Life is all about balance, right?) She lives in "the city house zoo" - a highrise apartment in downtown Denver she shares with her husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise + two fish. You can reach her at ClarityBranding.com.

Articles by Kira Roark

Relax and Energize with Abhyanga, Ayurvedic Self-Massage

Benefits of abhyanga include the natural production of ocytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. Try it in the morning and at night to see which feels better for you – it can help you lift your energy for the day ahead or help settle you down for a good night’s sleep. Ayurvedic self-massage can also help release toxins in the soft tissues so your body can naturally detox.

Floral Essences: Self-Healing with Flowers

Floral essences are infusions that can be ingested or used in an aromatherapy diffuser. They’re said to help align our inner and outer selves. According to some naturopaths, floral essences target the underlying emotional imbalances that cause physical discomfort.

Meditation Studios: the Hottest New Trend in Mindfulness

Google “meditation studio” and you’ll likely find one near you – they’re popping up all over the country. Most studios have classes from 15-90 minutes, with some led by teachers and some self-led. Either way – and no matter if you’re a meditation newbie or a seasoned practitioner – you’ll enjoy a quiet break in your busy day.

Watermelon Water or Kava: the New Coconut Water?

Remember when coconut water was hard to find? Now you can find it next to Gatorade at your local 7-11. Last summer it was infused water ... all my friends at work started carrying around mason jars of water filled with colorful slices of lemon, blueberries, and strawberries. This year, everybody's talking about two drinks: watermelon water and kava.

Get Fit with HIIT: 3 Reasons to Try High-Intensity Interval Training

HIIT is fun! (I swear I’m not just saying that.) It breaks up the monotony of your usual exercise routine. My favorite variation so far is the simple sprint, and I love to do it outside on the creek path with my dog. We make it a game together, and honestly, I feel like a kid again sprinting as fast as my body will take me (for one minute at a time).

Sage Smudging to Cleanse and Clear Your Space

Over the past few years, I've been hearing more about sage smudging from friends who are distinctly not woo-woo. I don’t pretend to understand the ancient rituals that have inspired our mainstream practice of burning sage sticks. But here’s what I do know: there’s a discernable shift in my living space after I smudge. After years of smudging, the smell alone calms me and clears my mood.

Teff: Gluten-Free, Superfood Grain You Need Now

Teff is an Ethiopian grain that’s making its way into natural grocery stores across the U.S. It's rich in protein. It’s full of six different amino acids and minerals that we’re often lacking (iron, magnesium, calcium, copper). It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help with menstrual issues. Its high-fiber content can gently speed up the digestive process. Wow, these little seeds are powerful!

Honoring Loved Ones We’ve Lost on the Holidays

To honor those we've lost, we can write down a favorite memory, put it in our stocking, and then read them together during the holidays. Each year, the slips of paper in our stockings will grow, inviting us to celebrate those who have passed. It's a lovely way to bring them with us into this special time of year.
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