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Pilates for Men Q&A

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As a follow up to Rael’s Webinar, he has asked me to answer some of the questions that came in on the topic of “Pilates for Men.”  You can also join me for a Pilates for Men workshop I am presenting in Seattle on August 9th. Q: How can we get more men into Mat […]

Q&A with Rael Isacowitz

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Q:  Does it matter what kind of certification my Pilates teacher has? A:  I would first like to address the term “certification” and in so doing refer you to a wonderful piece written by Ray Infante of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Few are as well versed on this topic as Ray. In essence, the PMA […]

Q&A with Rael Isacowitz

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Q.  I’ve been taught different versions of breathing in the Hundred.  Is it legato or percussive breathing? A.  The breath pattern during the Hundred could really be either way.  The movement is often given as a more percussive breath in the beginning and then graduates into the single inhale and exhale to the count of […]

Audit a course? Yes, please!

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As a BASI administrator, I often speak to students, potential students and graduates about how they can audit our teacher training courses. If a student has taken a break from their training and they want to review the BASI work, I suggest that they audit.  If someone is unsure if they are ready to start […]

Q&A with Rael Isacowitz

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Q: What do YOU do on plane rides to stretch, avoid DVT and stay (physically) sane? A: I love this question! What better time to answer than while sitting on a plane, where I happen to be right now. After flying around the globe (extensively) for the past 25 years I can say that staying […]

Q&A with Rael Isacowitz

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Q.  What is the difference between the Cadillac and the Trap Table? I have heard it referenced both ways and would like to know the difference. A.  The correct name for this classic Pilates apparatus is Cadillac.  The term “Trap Table” is more of a slang term and really references the Trapezes which is an […]

Q&A with Rael Isacowitz

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Q.  The breath pattern for exercises is often taught differently from one organization (and one instructor) to the next.  Is it really that important, and which one is right? A.  The are all correct if they are telling you to “just breathe”.  Breath brings life to movement and is used to enhance the objective of […]

BASI goes beyond the Mat…

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If you’ve taken a BASI Advanced Education course you know you are guaranteed to learn a lot more (and new) information about Pilates.  We thought it would also be fun to learn some new information about the presenters who teach these valuable courses! We went Beyond The Mat and gathered some fun and interesting facts.  […]

Winter of Extremes

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This is certainly the winter of extremes. As California experiences the warmest winter on record, so the east coast breaks all records for experiencing the coldest. We watched the very “warm” winter Olympics while the news was flooded with dramatic pictures of entire freeways coming to a standstill due to snow and ice. Drought in […]