BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International® (internationa website, which is both the name of the academy’s holding company and an affirmation of our approach to Pilates teacher training.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 the qualities thauish the BASI educational programs.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 a leading Pilates education academy with a reputation for innovation, dedication, and academic excellence.

  • BASI Pilates® upholds and perpetuates 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, and will always strive to be true to art, science, and knowledge; and to the intentions of Joseph and Clara Pilates.
  • Well-being is our ultimate goal. 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.

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.


You’ll find state-of-the-art equipment along with teachers who are passionate, dedicated, deeply committed, and forever students themselves. What you won’t find? Judgment or a competitive atmosphere. So let us help you become stronger and leaner; improve your balance and posture; rehabilitate and prevent future injuries.

Because, let’s face it: We’re all a little twisted.





Real Isacowitz holds a Bachelor of Education and teaching credentials from the Wingate Institute, Israel and a Master of Arts in Dance from the University of Surrey, England. He has been practicing Pilates for close to 4 decades and is recognized internationally as an expert in the field.

In 1989 Rael founded BASI Pilates® (Body Arts and Science International®), a comprehensive Pilates education organization spanning the globe. He spearheaded the development of Pilates Interactive, the one-of-a-kind e-learning software and designed the concepts for BASI Systems Pilates equipment. Rael has authored two best selling books, Pilates and Pilates Anatomy (Human Kinetics); the latter co-authored with Karen Clippinger, plus multiple professional workbooks and DVD’s.

Rael is part of the great legacy of Pilates Teachers and mentors. He has studied and taught with luminaries of the Pilates world including several of the Pilates Elders, first generation teachers. His contributions to Pilates as a teacher, author and innovator are recognized and respected throughout the Pilates industry. Creativity and energy suffuse Rael’s work. His passion for the art of Pilates is well known as is the unique athleticism he brings to the method – a synthesis of body, mind, and spirit.




At the heart of the BASI Pilates method is the Block System®, a 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.



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®.




With a reputation for academic excellence, innovation, and exceptional value BASI Pilates offers the highest caliber, most comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Programs available. Our faculty and hosts are unsurpassed as teachers and mentors, and our administrative staff is fully dedicated to the support and welfare of our students.

The range of programs BASI offers includes Mat, Comprehensive US and Global, ProBridge, Advanced and Continuing Education studies, master-level Workshops and international symposiums. These are highly respected college-level Pilates teacher training programs that prepare students to teach Pilates professionally, and to take the PMA Pilates certification exam. And, unlike some teacher trainings, our programs do not separate equipment training into different courses or modules. Our students learn on all the Pilates equipment!




BASI Pilates Teacher Training programs are 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, our unique online high-quality video resource with hundreds of exercises, workouts and instructional tutorials.




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




“Rael performs the work with unique mastery...

In 2005 I came to Southern California from New York to give a workshop at On Center Conditioning. Although Rael also taught, the students got to witness their mentor being guided by his mentor. This in itself was a valuable lesson, possibly more valuable than the work itself. Rael performs the work with unique mastery, and he certainly moves from within. At the same time he demonstrates an

ever-present youthful desire to continue learning and growing. We need to keep the lineage of Pilates alive, preserving the past and respecting the future, upholding the values and principles of this system-and few have done as much toward that end as Rael. He is the male that Mr. Pilates wished for to continue his work”.


Kathy Stanford Grant

First-generation Pilates teacher, Pilates Elder

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