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About BASI Pilates®

BASI Pilates is a leading Pilates education academy with a reputation for innovation, dedication and academic excellence.

BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International®, which is both the name of the academy’s holding company and an affirmation of our approach to Pilates teacher training. While a BASI education is anchored in anatomy, physiology and scientific principles, its emphasis is on the aesthetic quality of every movement.


  • BASI Pilates is an educational academy, whose mission is upholding and perpetuating the work of Joseph and Clara Pilates by educating teachers of the highest caliber.
  • BASI Pilates preserves the classical repertoire and the essence of Joseph Pilates’ philosophy while supplementing it with the contemporary experience and scientific knowledge.
  • BASI Pilates endeavors to grow in substance, not only in size, and will always strive to be true to art, science, and knowledge; and to the intentions of Joseph and Clara Pilates. Well-being is the ultimate goal and in pursuit of this goal, every level of the human condition will be addressed to better each individual as well as the world we live in.

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For qualified Pilates professionals, BASI Pilates offers a comprehensive apparatus program, Advanced Education studies spanning specialization in specific facets of the method, master-level workshops and international symposiums. BASI Pilates endeavours to secure continuing education credits from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) for participants in these courses.   

Today, the BASI Pilates network extends to over 30 countries and encompasses thousands of graduates. Teacher training courses are on the go constantly, in over 100 locations around the world. Our faculty and hosts are unsurpassed as teachers and mentors, and our administrative staff are dedicated to the support and welfare of our students.

Ultimately, it is the people that make BASI Pilates the singular company that it is. Welcome to the BASI family!

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The BASI Edge

Since 1989, BASI Pilates founder Rael Isacowitz has been training Pilates to be passionate, dedicated, highly skilled and deeply committed to the Pilates ethos of ensuring happiness through physical fitness. These are qualities that distinguish the BASI educational programs.

Pilates enthusiasts must be able to trust the legitimacy and caliber of their Pilates instructors. Likewise, those aspiring to practice the method professionally must have the confidence of knowing that the educational program they choose will provide them with a successful and enduring career path. No Pilates teacher training program is more trusted than that offered by BASI Pilates®.


At the heart of the BASI Pilates method is the Block System®, a structured means of classifying and combining the hundreds of exercises in the Pilates repertoire. The Block System ensures the progressive structuring of classes within a flexible framework, creating sessions that are balanced, well-rounded, and address all planes of movement and multiple muscle groups.


All BASI Pilates courses, from teacher training to specialized Advanced Education Courses, are based on established and tested curricula of studies designed or approved by Rael Isacowitz. A BASI education, taught by any member of faculty and anywhere in the world, is always a BASI education: structured, detailed and thorough.

The F2 System

The BASI Pilates repertoire includes over 80 exercises on the F2 System, the most significant advance in apparatus design since the days of Joseph Pilates. No other Pilates study program teaches work on the Avalon, which adds resistance to an apparatus that did not have it previously, expands the resistance mechanisms of other pieces and, for the first time, creates a universal standard for spring settings.


BASI Pilates has a select faculty of highly trained and experienced teachers with a combined total of over 400 years of Pilates experience between them. The faculty is diverse, eclectic, and multicultural with teachers coming from different backgrounds such as dance, academia, physical therapy and martial arts; and from numerous countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Greece, Japan, China, South Africa and Israel.

Study Materials

BASI Pilates courses are fully supported by in-depth printed and electronic materials including study guides, movement analysis workbooks, and DVDs. In addition, BASI students receive credits for the use of Pilates Interactive, the unique online teaching resource with hundreds of exercises, workouts and instructional tutorials in high-quality video.

Advanced Education

BASI Pilates offers a formal program of specialization for Pilates professionals, enabling them to both stay on the cutting edge of Pilates education and gain expertise in new, and lucrative, areas of Pilates specialization.

BASI instills in every student the life-long thirst for continuing education. It is not our duty nor desire to police continuing education. It is our duty to instill the ethos of every teacher is a perpetual student.