Kava bars meet demand for social outings without the alcohol

Kava artwork. Photo courtesy of Matthew Clark.

Kava bars are popping up across the U.S. to meet the demand of people looking for alternative, healthy avenues to the traditional bar setting. A healthy lifestyle naturally lends itself to less alcohol consumption, and kava bars have found a niche among those interested in gathering socially in a “bar type” atmosphere, but that don’t want the side effects that can come from boozy drinks.

But, what exactly is kava, what does it do, who should drink it, and why would anyone want to visit a bar strictly dedicated to the plant?

Matthew Clark, owner of Ohana Kava Bar in Colorado Springs, Colo., spoke with The almost Natural Mama about all of this and more.

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Moms — self-care is important, take your moments!

Becoming a mother is a truly a unique gift. The love that is exchanged between a parent and child is unparalleled to anything else. But, even with that unconditional love present, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of care and time it takes to raise children, especially when they are very young. Putting your children first is only natural, but neglecting to take moments for yourself won’t do anyone in your family good in the long run.

“It’s important for mothers to pay attention to their own well-being because everything that the mother is feeling affects her family,” said Natalie Sager, meditation and yoga teacher, holistic health consultant, and proprietor of The Modern Hippie Mama. “Her well-being has a ripple effect on everyone else in the family, which also ripples out into the world.” Read More


Health coach helps bring balance for increased wellness

When you feel tired and worn out, it’s hard to get anything accomplished. Day-to-day life can feel like a drag. But, when you feel energetic, the world opens up in new and wonderful ways. Possibilities that seemed beyond your reach in the past somehow seem obtainable now.

Finding that health balance is a struggle for some people; not knowing what parts of your life need to be changed to increase health and wellness is a common issue. This is where a health coach comes in.

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