Here’s to Your Health
Zen out with this wellness guide to Palm Springs
By Kevin Perry
A stay in our hometown is a bracing blast of calm, served on a fresh bed of mindfulness. When you enter our city limits, you leave your worries in the rearview mirror. It is designed as a place to rejuvenate your brain, replenish your energy, and remember how to fully breathe life into the deepest recesses of your soul.
To help you maximize your wonder, we have compiled the following itinerary of wellness, Palm Springs style.
YOGA: UP WITH DOWNWARD DOG!
Yoga is the ideal way to de-stress your distress. It has been proven to limit your body’s production of cortisol, the hormone that causes anxiety. Studies also point to yoga’s ability to lower inflammation, fend off depression, and even mitigate the effects of PTSD.
We are fortunate enough to have several transcendent studios right here in Palm Springs, so bust out your best warrior pose and warm up to these options:
Power Yoga – From Beginner to Hot Fusion, Gentle to Restorative, and even a Happy Hour session, this Mecca of good vibes is nestled nimbly in downtown PS.
Peace Love Yoga – Further down Palm Canyon, enter a lavender scented space whose motto is: yoga is training for life. Get living!
Kristin Olsen’s Urban Yoga – With emphasis on Vinyasa and Hatha energy flow, this emporium of empowerment will have you reaching for new heights of health.
Clinic Yoga – If you’re feeling shy, book a private session and chart a path to serenity.
Bikram Yoga Plus – Have a seat with a Chair Yoga expert, or fly high on the Trapeze, depending on your level of ascendance.
Yoga Bliss – Float on a hammock, suspend yourself in a state of meditation, or shake off your cares in one of their high energy dance classes.
Laughing Yogi Ramesh Pandey – Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s enlightenment, delivered by a guru of guffaws who guides attendees through the uplifting benefits of laughter therapy.
PARK IT HERE
If you prefer your holistic exercise in the great outdoors, there’s nothing greater than Power Yoga’s Saturday morning sessions at Ruth Hardy Park. This verdant destination also offers picnic space aplenty, as well as tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts. “Set” yourself up for wellness!
But this is far from the only game in town when it comes to park play. You can stroll to your best self at DeMuth Park, the largest outdoor gathering space in Palm Springs at 61 acres strong. If your ambition leads you upward, then hike Tahquitz Canyon to gaze upon its rock wall art and waterfall majesty.
Now let’s hit the PAWse button and high-tail it over to the Palm Springs Dog Park. After all, wellness starts with love, and love is best expressed with a wet nose and a canine heart.
Mindfulness is a pursuit that ripples from the micro to the macro and from the quietest whispers in your head to the booming echoes of universal truth. It is an endeavor to be shared, celebrated, and considered in the highest esteem.
Nowhere in town is mindfulness more amplified that at Crystal Fantasy. It is a communal space for reiki masters and tarot readers, psychics and seers, thinkers and healers. In addition to the vast square footage of the activity areas, CF has a retail section specializing in high end products, spiritual art, and the crystals that gave this wondrous shop its name.
TAKE ME TO THE PILATES
Working out doesn’t need to be synonymous with burning out. Instead of a high-impact marathon of sweat and suffering, consider scaling down and toning up with Pilates. Like yoga on caffeine, Pilates focuses on building your core strength through finite, rhythmic movements and breathing exercises.
Developed by Joseph Pilates after World War I, this methodology was devised to train everyone from Scotland Yard officials the new age denizens of his eventual New York studio… and now it’s being perfected at the following sites right here in town:
Pilates Palm Springs – Get back to basics and move forward with your wellness regimen by harnessing your body’s optimal posture and motion.
Pilates Plus Palm Springs – Lined with modern machinery, this pristine studio will help you row, row, row your way to a better outlook.
Absolute Pilates – Offering private sessions and professional gusto, the AP team stands tall as a pillar of Pilates realness.
Ecore Fitness – Their various levels of “Reformer” classes help you reclaim your posture from the ravages of slouching and stress.
Club Pilates – Wrap your brain around this: a mind-centric workout experience that offers a free intro class to get you attuned to your wellness goals.
SPA, SPA AWAY
Your muscles are tuned, your mind is at peace, so now it’s time to relax to the max at one of our legendary resort/spas. The following accommodations are paragons of hospitality and health-consciousness:
Estrella Spa @ Avalon Hotel PS - Offers privacy, luxury, and superlative treatment services in a serene indoor-outdoor setting
Azure Spa and Salon – This is an 11,000 square foot award-winning spa of the Riviera Palm Springs specializing in cross-cultural and global treatments inspired by Indonesian, Thai and Balinese rituals.
Andreas Hotel & Spa – Break free of the ordinary with the Getaway Special, including a fireside couples massage, mineral soak, and bottle of champagne. Hey, nobody said wellness had to be dry.
Palm Springs Yacht Club @ The Parker – All aboard for indulgence at this nautical themed spa, immersed in the luminous glamour of the Parker resort.
Elements Spa at Hilton Hotel - Journey through the elements, allowing you to experience rain, wind, fire, and air within nine unique treatment rooms, including three couples' rooms to experience these elements as one.
Wild Rose Spa @ Hotel Zoso - providing an intoxicating twist to traditional spa experiences, while maintaining an edgy and luxurious ambiance.
La Dolce Vita – This gay, clothing optional paradise boasts some of our hometown’s most celebrated touch therapists. Strip away your concerns at the only Palm Springs spa catering exclusively to men.
If you’re already a citizen of Palm Springs, congrats! You can enjoy one of these luxurious day spas without booking a hotel room, so get ready to melt the afternoon away…
Grounded Bodyworks – There’s no reason why feeling good and looking good can’t go hand in manicured-hand, so get fierce at this fabulous salon style spa.
Desert Serenity Float & Spa – Disconnect from the outside world by encasing yourself in the sensory deprivation of a float. Goodbye, negativity.
Body Sense Day Spa – The skin is the largest organ in the human body, so show it some big love by treating every pore, surface, and nerve-ending to a proper pampering.
CYCLING: LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE
Switching gears (pun firmly intended), take your wellness to the next level with one of the liberating adventure experiences offered here in the Coachella Valley. The iconic allure of Bike Palm Springs whisks visitors from their picturesque mid-century storefront to the furthest limits of where your pedals can push you.
They’ll get you pumped and primed for Tour de Palm Springs, a charity biking event that benefits local organizations while it simultaneously connects you to the greater community and your own sense of well-being.
Or to expedite your exploration, hit the road with Big Wheel Tours. In addition to cycling and hiking sojourns through Indian Canyon, they offer Jeep rides traversing the San Andreas Fault and Joshua Tree National Park. Rev up your perspective today!
IT’S ORGANIC: FABULOUSLY FIT FOODIES
OK, you’ve burned those unwanted calories in a whirlwind of cycling, Pilates and yoga, now replace them with something even more amazing. In addition to being gloriously gourmet, the food-scape in Palm Springs fuels your every adventure with hearty health food concocted to fit your fitness routine.
Raw Remedy Organic Juice & Raw Food Bar – Their long name yields big results as you transform your palate into a red carpet of welcome flavors.
Nature’s Health Food & Café – Stock up on organic produce to for the work week ahead or a healthy vacation bonanza.
Native Foods – Organic wine? Yes please! Get back to nature and up on life with a full menu of marvelous meals, courtesy of Mother Nature (and her awesome kitchen staff).
Palm Greens Café – Healthy means exciting at this scrumptious gastro-destination.
Cheeky’s – Their legendary brunch is busy for a reason – brave the crowds and then Zen out anew by returning to the top of the list (and repeating as necessary).
Tanya's Kitchen - Deli style quick service eatery where the Cubano and Chupacabra make sandwich history. The CTK Tempeh Power Burger is born.
We hope this list finds you well, and we hope to find you on the path to a vibrant vacation escape. Be wonderful, be wise, and be one with Palm Springs. A healthy haven awaits…