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Letter From Rael

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  I love this picture of my friend Cengiz Han and I. Anyone can see this is a picture of two men who share great affection for each other. But there is so much more this picture exemplifies. As the world is tormented by violence and extreme ideologies this picture reflects love, hope and mutual […]

BASI Centralized Testing

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  A number of years ago when we first kicked off a new way of student testing (at the end of our Teacher Training Course) I wrote an article in an attempt to outline a few of the most frequently asked questions about Centralized Testing. After a very successful five years of working with the […]

Never Stop Learning

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    Becoming an affective teacher is simple. You just prepare and prepare until drops of blood appear on your forehead. In the 1920s Charlie Chaplin was the most famous person in the world. Born into poverty, he worked onstage to support himself, and by age seventeen he was a veteran performer. Then at age […]

A Year of Discovery and Change

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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 […]

Pilates World Conference with Ena & Rina Kirima

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In early October, we were given the opportunity to attend Pilates World Conference in Tokyo, Japan, as Rael’s assistants. Never in a million years, did we think we would have the chance to travel to our home country, assist the founder of BASI, learn more in depth about Pilates, and be a part of an […]

Host Studio Spotlight: Flow Studios

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BASI Pilates recently sat down with host studio owner and BASI Pilates Faculty member, Cindy Reid as she prepares for the upcoming ProBridge Program to be hosted at Flow Studios in Chicago.   How did you get involved with BASI Pilates, and when? CR: In 2002 I met Rael at a Body Mind Spirit Conference. At […]

My Journey to Become Certified: The Modules

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As a personal trainer and fitness instructor with an affinity for attaining challenging and highly regarded certifications, it’s no wonder why BASI was my choice for my Pilates education. To me, difficult means that the certifying organization is not interested in sheer numbers but holds those who want to be in that club have to […]

Letter From Rael – BASI ProBridge

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  As winter in the Northern Hemisphere nears, it is time to hunker down and get serious about some studying. The course presently under the spotlight is ProBridge. I am so happy and proud of the popularity of this program. As many of you know this is primarily a bridging program into BASI for Pilates […]

Regain Functionality after Breast Cancer with Pilates

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We learned so much from Naomi Aaronson and Ann Marie Toro in their BRAND NEW book releasing later this month,  Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors. Great information for anyone who is, or is training a breast cancer survivor! Pilates Exercises for Healing: Shoulder Stretches and Bridging There are three phases of Pilates for breast cancer survivors. The goal […]

The Gift of Pilates

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This past Christmas, I received a long, heartfelt letter from a student of mine about how much Pilates has changed his life. As a certified personal and group fitness trainer, these are the things that truly make my work my passion. There is simply nothing better than knowing you have had a positive effect on […]

Pilates in Paris – Ooh La La!

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by Lauren White (BASI Student)     It took about three days for me to get over my “wow – I can’t believe I’m finally here!” and my “but why can’t I sleep until 3 PM – I’m on vacation!” aka jet lag! It was also around that time that I started to feel like […]