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.

These are the qualities that distinguish the BASI educational programs.


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 which 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.

International Opportunities

BASI Pilates is an internationally recognised qualification and there are over a hundred BASI Pilates studios Worldwide. You could have the opportunity to work anywhere from Singapore to LA, Dubai to Japan, Canada to Greece.

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 study program teaches work on the F2, which adds resistance to 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 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.

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