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

Managing Difficult Personalities at Work

Smooth workplace friction in three simple steps. It’s easier than you think.

If we can’t get along with the people at work, we’re stuck spending a full third of our lives in negative relationships. That’s not right — we all deserve better. Workplace relationships can be tough to negotiate because we don’t usually get to choose the people we work with, and when we encounter difficult personalities […]

What You Don’t Know about Fasting Can Hurt You

Know the benefits and risks before you begin your fast.

It seems like everybody’s fasting these days. My personal trainer raves about intermittent fasting, a colleague at work does the traditional three-day master cleanse, and friends in Silicon Valley are obsessed with biohacking. Let’s take a quick look at each one before we delve into the benefits and risks.   Intermittent Fasting A huge wellness […]

Free Yourself from Negativity Bias

It’s neuroscience, baby. You’re hardwired to overlook joy. Here’s a way out.

Imagine this: You wake up one morning, do a little yoga, sip hot lemon water, read your book, arrange some cut flowers, play with your cat, walk your dog in the park, enjoy a hot shower, get dressed, and drive to work. On your commute, another car cuts in front of you, nearly causing an […]

New Year, New Chakras: 7 Practices to Awaken, Heal, and Empower

Even if you think chakras are hippy-trippy woo-woo, you’ll benefit from these exercises.

You probably know the basics: chakras are energy centers in our body, and we have seven of them – starting with Chakra One at the base of the spine and ending with Chakra Seven at the top of the head. Each chakra has different characteristics, corresponding illnesses (when blocked), and opportunities for release and growth […]

12 “Healthy” Foods That Wreck Your Diet

Learn how to turn off the genes that are killing you and your waistline.

“The answer to why almost all attempts to lose weight fail resides in your genes and the lies they’ve been feeding you.” ~Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution If you were asked what causes most modern diseases (like heart disease and diabetes), you might say processed foods or stress or sedentary lifestyle. But the real cause is genes. […]

How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It

It’s a simple phrase: “We need to talk.” Why does it fill so many men with dread?

Imagine this scenario: a couple hits a rough spot in their marriage. “We need to talk about our relationship,” the woman tells her husband one morning. Does he look up from reading the paper, stride across the room, take her in his arms, and exclaim how thrilled he is at the opportunity to hash it […]

Tired of Being Tired? Try Yoga Nidra

45 minutes of this rest cleanse is as beneficial as three hours of sleep.

“If you want to get something done,” my grandmother used to say, “ask the busiest woman you know.” That woman is probably you. And you’re probably really tired. We women are busy, busy, busy. There’s pressure to do it all, have it all, be it all. Tired is our new normal, and that’s not okay. What […]

Kiss, Dance, and Play Your Way to a Better Sex Life

Learn 9 seduction techniques from the timeless guide to lovemaking.

When it comes to learning something new or getting better at something, we seek expert guidance. Curious about yoga? Take a class. Learning a new language? Download an app. Practicing meditation? Read a book. You get the idea. So why do we assume that we just somehow instinctively know how to seduce? The art of […]

Somatic Meditation

Forget quieting your mind. Meditate with your body instead.

“The body knows things directly, immediately, nakedly, without any conceptual overlay.” — Reginald Ray, The Practice of Pure Awareness Many traditions teach us to meditate from the top down – focusing on the mind and our thoughts. Somatic meditation teaches us to begin with the body. We settle into our body to find deep presence; […]

Bullet Journaling 101

Bullet journals are the analog antidote to a world where everything lives inside your smartphone.

If you’re the type of person who writes something you’ve already done on your to-do list just for the satisfaction of crossing it off, welcome to your new obsession. Picture a to-do list, a planner, and a diary all wrapped up in one, with a Type A, ‘everything in its place’ magnificent order to it. […]
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