To celebrate the release of our print issue themed LOVE, we reached out to our amazing community to share with us a few thoughts on love. This week we celebrate  Aurafitness in New Mexico and founders David & Aura Garver. From the founders: “From the outset it has been our intention that our studio be a container for work and events that are uplifting. We also use the space as a creative cradle for inspiration in whatever form it might take. We host theatrical productions, music concerts, ballet performances, gong baths and a range of events that support well-being. We are all about events that inspire, teach, heal and promote positive consciousness. For us, physical well-being and a joyful life are inextricably linked. Even though we live in the high desert, we have filled our studio with vibrant, oxygenating plants. Our bamboo logo is symbolic of everyone’s ability to grow and thrive. We look forward to helping you get and stay inspired!” We asked owner Aura Garver to share her thoughts on love and she shared this below:

Please share with us what you love about what you do:
I love what I do because I get to support people in feeling more positive. Aurafitness is a place where people come to connect – with each other and with themselves. Teaching yoga, leading retreats, and supporting wellness allows me to share in uplifting our consciousness and help people feel a little happier, a little more peaceful and hopefully, a little more at ease. It’s so awesome because people always walk out our door feeling BETTER! I love that.

Share with us what you have learned about LOVE:
I have learned that love isn’t idyllic or fleeting. Authentic love is a conscious endeavor and a practice. Love is steady, supportive and deep when we’re really willing to show up for it as we are. Being honest and vulnerable helps us connect and open ourselves to love. Love is a way of being in the world. We can represent it with words and actions, but really, we must BE it. When something is difficult, we can pause and contemplate. Then we can ask “how can I see or respond to this from a place of love? How can I be the embodiment of love here and now”?

What inspired you to support Yoga Love Magazine?
Yoga Love Magazine moved me because it felt authentic. Getting to participate in the creation of a heart endeavor is exciting and I wanted to get on board right away. It’s beautiful, inspiring and uplifting – all things we resonate with here at Aurafitness. It’s a good fit!