Ara Pilates + Movement Owner Shares How She Spends Her Days in the Desert

We Like the Way She Moves! Let This Pilates Babe Show You Around Her Desert Hometown

Name: Marlys Yvonne, Owner of Ara Pilates

Job Title: Owner, Ara Pilates + Movement
Resident of: Palm Springs
Local Living: 3 years


3 Must-Try Classes at Ara Pilates: Owner of Ara Pilates

-Cardio Party: Dance party meets cardio class
-Classic Mat: Focuses on breath, balance, strength and endurance
-Restorative Movement: Awakens muscles, eases tension and improves range of motion

EXP 2/5


Treat Yourself Owner of Ara Pilates

Grounded Bodyworks is a fellow women-owned small business with excellent ethics and even better services. The owner, Jenn, is a dream, and I have loved every experience I’ve had there. They offer a wide range of services from lashes and skincare to massages and facials. Their staff is a team of true experts and are fully engaged with the art of healing.


Light Bite Owner of Ara Pilates

El Jefe at The Saguaro Hotel dishes up some of the best tacos in town! Nothing is heavy or overly indulgent—just superb flavors in just the right proportions. My favorite non-taco dishes are the watercress and jicama salad as well as their citrus trout toast they serve at brunch. Also, it is true that they make the best tacos, coming from someone who lived in Austin and is all over Tex-Mex.

Home Away From Home

Penny Lane Home is a special spot that’s close to my heart. Tucked away in Sky Valley/Desert Hot Springs and owned and operated by dear friends, this Airbnb is the perfect getaway! The property is nuzzled near the mountains with a sweeping view of the entire valley. The saltwater pool overlooks the sunset and is backed by an old-growth palm tree grove. You’ll never want to leave…


In Good Fashion

I love House of lolo for many reasons, one of which is that they are another Pacific Northwest transplant like me! Their first location is in Portland, OR (I moved here from Seattle!), and they have beautiful, quality apparel that oozes elevated, simplistic style—lots of silk, suede, linen and denim with great tailoring and lines. Their location here on El Paseo is a dream!


Feeling Empowered

Ara Pilates + Movement is truly a family. We are a safe and uplifting space, encouraging smart, effective and engaging ways to move your body. We teach Pilates, but we do more than that—we empower each of our clients to discover new things about how their bodies move, what their preferences are and what makes them feel the best.

Ara Pilates + Movement
74917 Hwy 111
Indian Wells, CA 92210


Photography Provided By: Ruth Marie Photography

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