THE ART & SCIENCE

of Human Movement & Innovation

Established in 1989 by world-renowned Pilates Educator Rael Isacowitz, BASI has been a leader in top-tier Pilates education for 30 years and counting.

BASI (Body Arts and Science International) is dedicated to remaining true to art, science, and, most importantly, true to Joseph and Clara Pilates.

With a reputation for innovation and academic excellence, BASI strives to provide the most comprehensive Pilates education experience and educational resources available.

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ABOUT BASI

Established in 1989 by world-renowned Pilates Educator, Rael Isacowitz, BASI has been a leader in top-tier Pilates education for 30 years and counting.

BASI (Body Arts and Science International) is dedicated to remaining true to art, to science, and, most importantly, true to Joseph and Clara Pilates.

With a reputation for innovation and academic excellence, BASI strives to provide the most comprehensive Pilates education experience and educational resources available.

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BASI comprises several tracks for Pilates enthusiasts and professionals.

Through these outlets, BASI continues to lead the way in Pilates education, equipment, and innovation.

BASI STORY

The BASI story, as told by Rael Isacowitz:

In 1989 I recognized the explosive growth the Pilates industry was about to experience. Joseph Pilates had developed his exercise method many years before, but this was different. I felt a surge of interest in this forward-thinking method with its emphasis on core strength, functional movement, body alignment, and the mind-body connection.

I saw the need for a structured Pilates teacher training program. Until then, most people, including myself, were trained as apprentices, but the growing demand for Pilates teachers made that impractical.

I knew that without proper Pilates teacher training programs we would not maintain the integrity of the Pilates Method.

At the Wingate Institute of Physical Education in Israel I had taught potential teachers and done curriculum and program development. I had danced for many years and completed my Master’s Degree in Dance Studies (1986). I was also an athlete and practiced yoga since my early teens.

Given my experience in Pilates, my teaching credentials, and requests from people to train them, I channelled my passion for Pilates into creating my first Pilates teacher training course. BASI Pilates was born. It is now an industry leader in Pilates teacher training.
At BASI Pilates, we honor Pilates history and the legacy handed down by Joseph Pilates by providing our students with a solid foundation in all aspects of the Pilates Method. As such, the entire original repertoire is addressed and all equipment is studied.

We also combine respect for history and tradition with openness to scientific and technological advances. This openness has produced the BASI Block System, the F2 System, BASI Interactive, and many other innovations that organically supplement the pioneering work of Joseph Pilates.

BASI stands for excellence and professionalism. Adhering to these concepts, we continue the work of Joseph Pilates and ensure the growth and success of our students.

BASI VISION

“In a world with far, far too much suffering, BASI is a beacon of light. BASI is a safe haven for all, no matter who you are, where you are from. BASI is warmth. BASI is compassion. BASI is love . . . BASI is for everyone, every religion, every culture, wherever you’re from, that is what BASI is.”

Rael Isacowitz

Mission Statement

The mission of BASI is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates method and to preserve and perpetuate the gift of Pilates by educating teachers of the highest caliber.

After more than 30 years in the industry, one thing has become certain: BASI is not just about Pilates. BASI has become just as much about people and serving as a force for positive change in the global community.

Values

PASSION
Celebrate life

COMPASSION
Empower Humanity

EXCELLENCE
Reach for greatness

Vision

Throughout the past 30 years, BASI has developed a unique formula and methodology for successful educational programming that effectively shapes BASI Pilates students while maintaining the company’s goals:

To preserve the classical repertoire and the essence of Joseph Pilates’s philosophy while supporting and encouraging evolution based on experience and scientific knowledge.

To address every level of the human condition to better each individual, as well as the world around us, in pursuit of the ultimate goal: physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.