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What is BASI Pilates ®

Body Arts and Science International Pilates was founded by Rael Isacowitz in 1989. Rael sought to establish a Pilates teacher training academy which combined the art of movement with rigorous academic study. Currently BASI Pilates courses are present in 30 countries at over 100 different host studios worldwide.

BASI Pilates preserves the essence of Joseph’s classical repertoire while supplementing it with contemporary experience and scientific knowledge.


Graduates from the BASI Academy are acknowledged as being the most skilled and professional in the world. To honor Joseph Pilates’ spirit of self-improvement and innovation, BASI believes that the teacher is always the student and therefore offers an array of workshops and advanced education for BASI instructors and other Pilates professionals.

Why Choose BASI Pilates ®

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.

Read about the qualities that distinguish the BASI educational programs.