Miranda has been practicing yoga since she was 17 and credits it for helping her to stay calm, balanced and focused throughout her career and times of unrest. After trying different styles her favorite practice is Kundalini. But she stresses that it’s important for you to try the many different styles and practices of yoga to see what best works for you—it’s a very personal and spiritual connection.
The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body. In addition to the many physical benefits such as increasing flexibility, muscle tone and perfecting posture, yoga is also known to strengthen the nervous system, increase blood flow and metabolism, boost immunity, regulate your adrenal glands and encourages you to relax, slow your breath and focus on being in the present.
It can be beneficial to create a special space in your home for holistic activities such as yoga, relaxation, and meditation—for you to disconnect and recharge.
Miranda has kindly shared her cherished scents, sounds, and crystals, so you can create a sanctuary in your home and enjoy your daily practice.
KORA: Do you listen to music when you practice or relax?
Miranda: It varies depending on my mood, how I feel and what I want to get out of that particular practice, but an all-time favorite that I always like to end my yoga practice with is Snatam Kaur’s “Long Time Sun.” Other favorite songs on my Yoga Playlist are…
- Om Namo Bhagavate by Deva Premal & Miten
- Aad Guray Nameh by Snatam Kaur
- Ra Ma Da Sa by Snatam Kaur
- Sat Siri by Sada Sat Kaur
- Ong Namo by Snatam Kaur
- Baba Hanuman by Krishna Das
- Kashi Vishwanath Gange by Krishna Das
- Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya by Krishna Das
- Brindavan Hare Ram by Krishna Das
- Namah Shivaya by Krishna Das.
KORA: Do you incorporate aromatherapy while you practice?
Miranda: I apply my KORA Organics Heart Chakra Aromatherapy Oil before I begin to help relax and bring my mind, body, and spirit into a calm and present state. I burn Sage and Palo Santo to clear the energy of the room and like to light a candle.
My go-to candles are from Holly Star’s Matter & Home range, they are designed to uplift and support the body, mind, heart, and spirit; and they also have healing and space clearing benefits.
KORA: What crystals do you have in your relaxation space?
Miranda: Amethyst, Clear Quartz, and Rose Quartz. I also have a little crystal wand that I often hold when I meditate – it fits perfectly into the palm of my hand and is great for travel.
KORA: What is your motivation for practice every day? Can you share with us a quote, affirmation, or belief that can help motivate our readers to practice every day?
Miranda: I know the positive impact yoga has on my mind and body, plus I really enjoy it so that’s motivation in itself.
In terms of sharing a quote or affirmation, I like to read the daily affirmation Yogi Bhajan to start practice, inspire motivation and set my intention for the session.
At the end of a session, I like to read a piece from the book “To Bless This Space Between Us” by John O’Donohue.
KORA: What is your favorite yoga pose and chant?
Miranda: I like to practice at sunrise or sunset, it’s believed that’s when you get the most out of your practice. Sometimes I do both!
My favorite chant is “Sa ta na ma”
My favorite yoga poses before I was pregnant were:
- Tree Pose
- Downward Dog
- Warrior Pose.
While being pregnant, some poses I enjoy are:
- Cat cow – massages, relaxes, and opens entire back/spine; building strength in the lower spine and relieves pressure in the belly. (Be careful not to overarch the low back)
- Butterfly – opens and relaxes hips and groin
- Squats – builds strength in legs, back, hips; enhancing blood circulation and stretches pelvic region to help prepare for birthing. (If baby’s position is breech or unknown, it is not recommended to squat).
NB: Remember, every woman and pregnancy is different so listen to your body and if a pose feels uncomfortable, don’t do it.
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