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Miranda Davis

Miranda Davis ate, breathed and slept dance as a kid. She continued to dance when she attended the University of Texas at Arlington for exercise physiology, but irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) got in the way. Especially during exams or deadlines for papers, she would get violently ill – vomiting and having diarrhea – and then suffer extreme fatigue for a day or two after. “I would miss classes, work and activities because of this,” Miranda says. “It was like a vicious cycle. At this point, I had no idea how to combat stress, and I did not know my eating habits also contributed.” When a fellow dancer suggested yoga to relieve stress and thus relieve the symptoms of IBS, a new passion emerged.
 
For several years, Miranda danced and practiced yoga. After taking a class in the Yoga Fit style of yoga, she knew she wanted to become an instructor herself. She went to Mexico, Taiwan, 60 cities in the United States and other places around the world to take classes and teach yoga. She learned everything from Zen meditation to water yoga. The Fort Worth native, who now owns Perfect Fit yoga studio in the western part of the city, says that it was also freeing to see that there’s a world outside of Cowtown.
 
In addition to offering yoga and Pilates in her studio three nights a week and Power Stroller, a fitness class that uses a mom’s stroller as an exercise tool, Miranda teaches a weekly class for birthmothers who are staying at the Gladney Center for Adoption. “I believe yoga is the best thing for normal pregnancy discomforts such as low back pain, sciatica, tension and tightness, and swollen feet,” she says. “I think moving is key to keeping your muscles stretched as your growing body evolves. I really try to highlight that at Gladney with the birthmothers. I want them to know it’s OK to feel good and even enjoy your pregnant body.”
 
Miranda practiced yoga throughout her own pregnancies. She says she could sense her babies enjoying the practice, and that it was a great way to bond while they were in the womb. “My water actually broke doing a yoga squat with my second child, Levi, while I was in a class,” she says. “I knew labor was close, so my go-to technique was breathing and yoga, and it worked. Levi was born eight hours later.”
 
Exposing her children to yoga and starting the day off slowly and gently are important to Miranda. She encourages a sense of peace by meditating with the kids each morning in a spot in her yoga room, which is equipped with fountains, paintings and lots of windows for natural light. Joah sometimes brings a toy or crayons into the room while Mom reads Scripture and focuses on her breath. She says it’s important for her kids to see that she’s taking time for herself.
 
Miranda’s schedule allows her to be home with her two children, 4-year-old Joah and 6-month-old Levi, during the day. She makes breakfast for her family daily, involving Joah whenever she can, which is something her own mother did when she was growing up. Miranda’s mother exposed her to a variety of foods as a kid, and she is doing that with her boys today. “A picky eater would never do well in our home,” she says. For example, Joah loves smoked salmon, spiced almonds and edamame.
 
When Joah isn’t in school, she often takes him and the baby to the zoo or the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Still, Miranda is a business owner who wears many hats. She tries to complete work-related tasks while Joah is at school, when Levi is napping or when both kids are in bed. “It is important to me to be fully available both physically and mentally for my kids,” she says. “Work usually goes on the back burner, but somehow it always works out. I am blessed and grateful to have a husband who is so hands-on. While I teach classes, he feeds, bathes and puts the kids to bed.”
 
While yoga remains her way of life, dance is still in her heart. “I’m having the strongest desire to connect back with dance so my kids can be exposed to it,” she says. Joah, who often likes to dress up in bowties and hats, is already showing theatrical tendencies. Mom and son can often be found dancing together.
 
Miranda also shares plenty of time with the third male in her life – husband Erich. The pair initially crossed paths when Miranda was a tween. “I was forgettable; he didn’t remember me at all,” she jokes. The sparks flew once they reconnected in college. “He really wowed me from the first date,” she says of their now 17-year-long love. Erich upped the wow factor by taking Miranda to New York City to see Lord of the Dance on one of their first dates.
 
Even now, with two kids in the picture, the couple schedule weekly dates. They have a rule not to talk about the kids the entire time. Instead, they share their dreams and swap stories about where they’d like to travel next (France and Italy are some recent jaunts). You can find these two foodies dining anywhere that’s hip, from Eddie V’s to Yucatan Taco Stand. Miranda says it’s important she and her husband step away every now and then. Moms, she says, shouldn’t lose sight of themselves. “I am their mother, but I’m not defined by them,” she says.