The Studio…

Ara Pilates and Movement is a beautiful, light-filled space located in the heart of the Greater Coachella Valley at the Village at Indian Wells. The studio is thoughtfully designed to ensure a quality experience and to promote your success. We are the first studio to create sound-insulated Private Session Rooms to ensure a peaceful movement experience with no distractions, allowing you to see results faster. We focus on proper biomechanics and ensure functional and safe movement practices. Each session is personally tailored to your body, lifestyle, and goals. Ara Pilates and Movement is a haven for educated and quality movement. We believe Pilates is more than just an exercise, but an experience to enrich your life.



Ara is a small constellation located in the Southern Hemisphere made up of some of the galaxies brightest stars. The name Ara harmonizes the initial conception of Ara Pilates and Movement: a small studio making a big impact.



At Ara Pilates and Movement, we believe every session should be more than just exercise, but an experience - a destination to invest in yourself, stimulate your mind, and move in a beautiful setting. Our instructors are passionate about sharing the benefits of movement as a daily practice to enrich your life. Our goal is to connect you to your body’s natural intelligence, allowing you to gain strength, and move easily and fearlessly. We are here to inspire your physical and mental state through movement - promoting lasting and positive change to your body that will serve you and your body for a lifetime.


Each body has its own unique journey, and no two bodies should be addressed the same. Our programs are designed supporting the anatomical concept of neutral spine and safe spine practices. We apply current functional movement practices to our Pilates instruction and seek extensive training and research to ensure the highest quality of instruction for our clients. At Ara Pilates and Movement, we have gone through hundreds of hours of training through accredited certification programs, and continue to seek out additional training from leading educators in the medical and movement industry. We are proud to promote the life-changing benefits of Pilates through safe and effective movement practices and help you achieve your goals. We are passionate about sharing the work of the Pilates Method and the profound changes it can make in one’s life.



  • comprehensive rehabilitation

  • safe athletic conditioning

  • prolongs the health of your spine

  • creates a deeper understanding of mind-body connection

  • increases lung capacity

  • age gracefully

  • reduces stress and anxiety

  • improves mental clarity

  • increases energy

  • improves posture and alignment

  • improves balance and flexibility

  • increases mobility and range of motion

  • increases strength and endurance

  • low impact on joints

  • increases bone density

  • utilizes core strength

  • alleviates back and joint pain

  • alleviates pain from hyper-mobility

  • rehabilitates injuries and prevention of future injuries

  • and more…


Photo by Ruth Marie Photography

Photo by Ruth Marie Photography


Ara Pilates and Movement is founded and operated by Missoni Lanza and Marlys Yvonne. They originally met in Seattle where they were working at the same studio. After sharing a coffee date to discuss ideas of in-home studios, the two decided to join forces and open Ara Pilates and Movement in Seattle in June 2017, for they saw a need for a boutique Pilates Studio providing excellent services in a beautiful, peaceful setting. After a successful year in Seattle, Marlys and Missoni relocated the studio to Indian Wells, CA to expand the studio and continue to grow their vision of sharing the love of movement.