2014 will be a year to remember, no doubt. Two epic events dominated this year for BASI Pilates and for me personally. The Voyage of Discovery, an ongoing trip that took me to 8 countries. The Winds of Change, which describes a philosophical and organizational shift in BASI’s educational teacher training lineup.
The Voyage of Discovery was filled with much travel, which I have come to dread after so many years. However my dislike for travel was trumped by the incredible people I met, and amazing countries I visited. It would take several volumes to describe all the unique experiences I had, and multiple volumes to thank the many people that made the voyage so special and unique. I came away with one resounding sentiment – PRIDE! I say pride in the most humble sense of the word – to feel at once like shouting out my joy to the world, and at the same time feeling humbled to the core.
(ABOVE: Rael with wife, Adelle in London at the start of the 2014 BASI Voyage of Discovery!)
(ABOVE: Rael teaching a mat class in Marbella, Spain)
(ABOVE: Rael in Japan during the Pilates World Conference teaching a mat class of over 350 students!)
The Winds of Change is a name I gave to a shift in format of our comprehensive education. For 25 years we have offered the Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (CTTC), and for the last 12 years or so, the Mat Teacher Training Course as well. We decided to split the Comprehensive Teacher Training Course into 2 segments: Foundation Apparatus Program and Comprehensive Apparatus Program. This split pertains to the USA only at this point. Outside of the USA we offer the Comprehensive Global Format (formerly the CTTC). The material remains exactly the same; however splitting it into 2 sections allows people to take on this vast educational endeavor one step at a time. The response has been phenomenal and I thank the BASI team both here at BASI Academy and all our Faculty, Licensees and Hosts for being so cooperative and supportive.
This year has also brought with it changes within the BASI team. Some people have moved on while others have come on board. Right now, this is the A-Team! I could never do all I do without these talented people by my side.
I just wrapped up the Master and Master Reunion Programs, the final 2 phases of Ultimate Pilates. The groups comprised of people from 12 countries with varied Pilates backgrounds. Some were doing it for the first time and others for the 3rd and 4th time. These programs are such a profound experience and inevitably tears are shed as we bid farewell to each other, until we meet again. I wondered to myself recently why we schedule these very demanding courses at the end of the year when my energy resources, and I am certain everyone else’s, are low. Yet it is the perfect time to dig deep and truly explore one’s individual capacity. We come away with new ideas, new concepts and a sense of rebirth as we move into a new year.
So with the New Year in mind, I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a peaceful holiday season filled with health and joy.