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The Pilates Power Horse

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My husband and I live a very active lifestyle and our business also keeps us very active. We own a nursery garden centre and spring is our busiest season.  With its physical demands it seems that every spring I’d get some sort of shoulder, back, or neck issue.  I wanted to improve my strength but […]

Letter from Rael Isacowitz – April 2015

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Spring is in the air, excitement abounds and fresh, new beginnings seem like the order of the day. I am spending a few days in Long Beach, CA with my family and enjoying every minute of it. It has taught me an important lesson – there is so much to enjoy in our own backyards, […]

Learning to keep it Simple!

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June of 2012 started an intense period of learning, of education and branching out of how, what and why I teach Pilates. I was a Kathy Grant Scholarship recipient for the Mentor Program at BASI- I felt so honored to work with and learn from Rael Isacowitz, especially as I was not from a BASI […]

My BASI Life: Ena & Rina Kirima

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In the March/ April issue of Pilates Style Magazine, BASI Pilates is proud to feature Ena and Rina Kirima in the first installment of the My BASI Life campaign. What is My BASI Life? From the life as a BASI student, to the clients who are empowered by the method, BASI Pilates is an experience […]

BASI Community News

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Let me start by introducing myself – My name is Stephanie Locke, a proud BASI graduate and Marketing Manager for BASI Pilates. I live, eat, and breathe (lateral breathing, of course) Pilates. My BASI Life has been a unique and rewarding one, starting as a Kathy Grant Memorial Scholarship recipient to working with the instructors […]

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 […]

My Journey in the BASI ProBridge Program

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In January 2014 I completed the world-renowned BASI ProBridge Program with Rael Isacowitz.  My practice of Pilates was completely transformed after spending 2 separate long weeks at the BASI Academy.   I have a new found love of the method that for me had been growing stale.  I had been teaching Pilates on and off […]

BASI Discussion – Cerebrospinal

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Some Pilates teachers have become alarmed about a short case report that has been circulating over the past few weeks. The case concerns a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak following a Pilates class. For those who missed it, here’s the link: CLICK HERE Being ignorant of the condition, and naturally concerned, I sought the advice of […]

2015 Kathy Grant Scholarship Recipients

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BASI Pilates is proud to announce the 2015 Kathy Grant Memorial Scholarship recipients. This year we awarded  partial Scholarships for the Foundation Apparatus Program, Comprehensive Apparatus Program and the Mentor Program. Our objective is to assist deserving students in achieving their Pilates education and career goals, while serving the memory of the late Kathy Grant. Foundation Apparatus Program […]