Rael Isacowitz

Rael is founder and president of BASI Pilates. Widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading Pilates authorities, he has spent well over 30 years studying, teaching and developing the Pilates Method. Rael has authored two books and seven workbooks on Pilates, designed the pioneering Avalon System of equipment and launched an online Pilates resource.

Ask Rael Q & A: 25th issue

by Rael Isacowitz

What three things should a first-time student take away from their first lesson? This is highly individual and subjective, with many factors involved. It is dependent on the movement and life experience of the student, the approach to Pilates and to teaching of the teacher and how they interact: the chemistry between them. The first […]

Ask Rael Isacowitz Pilates Q & A: 24th Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

PS: Can you learn Pilates from just doing Pilates workout DVDs?  Rael: This is a great question and one I have struggled with many times. For years, I resisted producing DVDs, training manuals, and later online software (Pilates Interactive), which is a repository of hundreds of video clips. I felt strongly that Pilates was an […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 23rd Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

I’ve taken the same Pilates class for months, and it’s starting to feel routine. How can I increase my challenge? First, I thank you for not using the word bored, but rather routine. I get frustrated when I hear people say they are bored, as this says to me that they have completely missed the […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 22nd Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

I’m a righty but when working out, my stronger, more dominant side is clearly my left. What gives? Handedness or side dominance is very interesting and not fully understood. We do know that the majority of the people in the world (90-92%) are right side dominant, which is controlled by the left hemisphere of the […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 21st issue

by Rael Isacowitz

When you first meet a client, how do you assess them? What do you do first? I am so pleased you asked this question, as I believe this point goes to the heart of my approach to teaching Pilates and that of BASI as well. All too often, teachers start a session without adequate assessment […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 20th Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

How often should you change your Pilates routine? I find people rely too much on changing their routine. On the other hand, I have never done two workouts that were exactly the same. Let me explain this further. I view a Pilates session as a form of meditation in motion. The movement enables us to […]

Letter from Rael – November 2015

by Rael Isacowitz

As December approaches and with it the holiday season, many exciting things are happening in BASI-land. First we always run the Master and Master Reunion Programs in December. This is a wonderful and worthy tradition that we will surely keep going for years to come. The Mentor Programs are scheduled for earlier in the year […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 19th Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

I’m interested in adding some winter sports (skiing, skating, snowboarding) to my cardio routine. What Pilates exercises would best prepare my body for these activities?    I am an avid skier and snowboarder myself and have been enjoying an epic season up on Mt. Hood, Oregon. Undoubtedly, all Pilates exercises are good for general conditioning […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 18th Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

I get distracted by other students during my mat class. How I can I turn my focus inwards? I am a strong believer in the power of the mind and the importance of being mindful of each movement in your Pilates practice. Being present mentally in your mat class is so important- I cannot stress […]

Ask Rael Q & A: 17th Issue

by Rael Isacowitz

I’m starting to take strength-classes. Sometimes I’m really sore the day afterwards, when I have a Pilates private scheduled. Should I postpone, or is it fine to work through the ache?  I will start by saying that the reason for the soreness felt following strength training, called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is not conclusive […]