All of our students, graduates, faculty, hosts, affiliates, and licensees are part of a tight-knit global network of diverse individuals passionate about the same goal: making the world a better place through Pilates.
Our graduates are the key to our growing BASI family. All of our graduates have successfully completed our rigorous teacher training program and have passed a number of requirements in order to be called a “BASI Graduate.” They are qualified to teach up to advanced-level clients on the Mat and/or Pilates apparatus.
All BASI Pilates education programs are taught by a select number of highly qualified and experienced Pilates teachers based in various countries around the world. Our faculty members are diverse and eclectic, coming to BASI from backgrounds such as dance, academia, physical therapy, and martial arts. The process of becoming BASI Faculty is a lengthy and rigorous one. Each faculty member is individually hand-selected and spends several years preparing to teach the BASI Pilates curriculum. Our faculty’s performance is continually monitored by BASI headquarters, ensuring that every student receives consistent, high quality education.
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Aledo, United States of America, Texas
Natalie has been involved in the fitness world most of her life. Her love of competing led her to the fast world of track and field. While competing in college she suffered a lower back injury that left her unable to compete. After many years of searching for workouts that would not hurt her back she found Pilates. Through the slow controlled exercises of Pilates she found her back pain to be almost non existent, and also walked away from every session feeling that it was a very challenging workout. She is very passionate about everyone feeling good about themselves, and Pilates is a fantastic way to do so. She feels honored to share her love of Pilates with her clients.
Verena Tremel, born and raised in Vienna, Austria, previously worked as a professional dancer in New York City from 1992-2005. During this time, she had the chance to discover the Pilates method, Gyrotonic and yoga, all of which became an integral part of her dance training. Over time her love for movement developed into a passion and into a teaching career, leading her from New York to Copenhagen, and finally to Paris where she has lived for the past 14 years.
In 2011, she was introduced to BASI Pilates and had literally fallen in love with its scientific, artistic and - most importantly- humanistic approach. Shortly after this experience, she completed the Comprehensive Program and began hosting BASI educational programs at her studio in Paris, Studio Rituel.
Verena is as passionate about learning as she is about teaching and continues to learn and to share with her colleagues and students. She is thankful about being part of the BASI team where she has become more aware of the importance of working and growing together as one family.
Aleksandra (Ola) was born in Poland, now based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Her
love for movement started when she was 7 years old when she attended her
first dance class. She graduated with a master degree in Physiotherapy
from University of Physical Education in 2009. At the same time Ola
became a fitness instructor and discovered Pilates Method. It was a
revelation. She found in Pilates a natural link between therapy and
fitness, a perfect way to fulfill her desire to help people feel good in
their bodies and her passion for movement. After attending several
workshops and courses Ola followed her first Comprehensive Teacher
Training in 2013 and BASI ProBridge a year later.
She's proud to be part of BASI family and truly believes in BASI
philosophy and methodology. She completed many workshops and advanced
education courses, including Injuries and Pathologies with Samantha
Wood, Pilates for Pregnancy and Beyond with Ashley Ritchie, Kathy Grant
Heritage Training by Cara Reeser and is on her way to completing Legacy
Program with her mentor Rael Isacowitz.
Ola teaches with commitment and compassion and seeing a positive change
in her clients' lives gives her biggest joy.
Mano started her practice of classical ballet at the age of six. She studied the profession at Kyoto Ballet High School, Showa University of Music and majored in Ballet. She performed as a professional dancer after graduating. During those years, she experienced knee injury and surgery. She started practicing Pilates for rehabilitation and was shocked to see how much influence the mind and body can receive by precise and subtle movement. Mano became a BASI Pilates Mat teacher in 2008.
2009: completed BASI Comprehensive Teachers Training
2012: studied pre/post-natal pilates with Leah Stewart. Certified Booty Barre Teacher
2015: NSCA-CPT Personal trainer
2016: Yamuna Body Rolling Phase 2 certified
2017: participated in BASI Mentor Program
Even after experiencing pregnancy and giving birth twice, and the tremendous amount of changes, Mano was able to recover in 6 months. She feels the importance of being of aware of her own body and mind while raising her children everyday. She is excited to challenge herself in the Legacy Program in the near future, and to further understand the small details of every movement. She strives to keep learning to help her clients achieve physical and mental health.
Brandon Douglas Gamble
Seattle, United States of America, Washington
Brandon Gamble started in the fitness industry in 1987. He has dedicated most of his life to health and fitness. As an active surfer, snowboarder, and water-skier, he knows the value of Pilates to strengthen and balance the body. After making Master Fitness Trainer in 1997 he began intergrading Pilates into his programs and working with physical therapist Donna Thomas at Las Vegas Athletic Medical Center. There he realized the true benefits Pilates had to offer his post rehab clients. Brandon is recognized throughout the dance and entertainment community in Las Vegas for his attention to detail. He is also recognized for innovative techniques for dancers and acrobats in the various shows. As a proud graduate of the Body Arts and Science International certification program and Senior Faculty (a select group of teachers worldwide that teach the educational BASI programs for BASI. He has lectured and taught in China, Japan, Australia, France, Columbia, Canada and all throughout the U.S. After publishing several articles including “Who is Pilates For” he has started his first book, “Pilates at Work”. Brandon also owns Pilates Bodies in Motion, University Place, Washington. This 2500 square foot facility runs six days a week with ten instructors and offers all the amenities of a full service studio. He continues to teach the BASI Pilates method and is always working towards higher education. Brandon is dedicated to excellence and innovation in his teaching, movement, and technique. He is a wonderful instructor for all ages, male or female, post rehab therapy, sports conditioning, and any of your health and fitness needs. After years of national and international travel, his love and passion for teaching Pilates is recognized worldwide.
Sydney, Australia, New South Wales
Eduard Botha is an accredited BASI Pilates instructor, with nine years of Pilates teaching experience. Prior to taking up Pilates, he was a Martial Arts instructor and a certified personal fitness trainer from the Exercise Teachers Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a certified Russian Kettlebells trainer.
Ed currently teaches Pilates at edb pilates, his beautiful studio overlooking Camps Bay beach, Cape Town. He also owns a boxing gym in Cape Town, catering to ‘white collar’ boxing enthusiasts.
In 2005, Eduard spent a year teaching and developing Pilates in Beijing, China. He has since had the opportunity to teach BASI Pilates courses in both Indonesia and Japan. Most recently, Ed completed an Ashtanga Yoga certification in order to further explore the roots of his Pilates practice.
Sara has been working as a Pilates instructor since 2007 following her accreditation by BASI Pilates. In addition, Sara is a graduate of SEAD, Salzburg’s prestigious contemporary dance academy. Following completion of her education at SEAD, Sara moved to Vienna securing work as a professional freelance dancer with various companies across Europe. In 2008, Sara began working in the Pilates Akademie directed by Barbara May. In 2013 Sara opened her Pilates Atelier in Vienna where she teaches privates and groups classes for all levels also with the Pilates apparatus. Sara’s passion and curiosity about learning and making new experiences brings her constantly to meet new people, with whom she shares information and knowledge. Sara regularly attends classes and workshops led by renowned instructors such as Rael Isacowitz, Alan Herdman, Gordon Thompson, Barbara Mayr and of course with all the great BASI Pilates faculty and teachers. Sara was pleased to join the BASI faculty in 2012.
Chicago, United States of America, Illinois
Katy, owner of Chicago River North Pilates (CRNP), directed the Pilates teacher-training program for the PhysicalMind Institute in Chicago for seven years, is a Level 1 GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer, and in November of 2016, was invited to join the world renown faculty of BASI Pilates. She is a retired dancer, pre-Olympic gymnast and trapeze artist, and has been dedicated to mind-body fitness for most of her life. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet, she moved to New York City to pursue a dance career while also studying Pilates to gain a certification. Through her studies and apprenticeships, Katy soon realized her true passion was helping others attain their fitness goals by teaching Pilates.
In 2002, Katy moved to Chicago to pursue a Pilates instructor opportunity, which led her to open Chicago River North Pilates in March 2004. She maintains a full schedule of clients and also continues to expand her skill set by gaining advanced certifications and attending yearly workshops. In 2011, Katy became a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher. In 2012, Katy completed the inaugural BASI ProBridge with creator Rael Isacowitz, and the certification for Level 2 GYROTONIC® exercise. She is also certified on the specialized equipment such as the Ladder, Jumping Stretching Board, and GYROTONER®. In 2016, Katy began studying under Katy Bowman to gain a certification in Restorative Exercise to be completed in 2018. She also has studied and hosted Lauren Ohayon of Restore Your Core and will pursue a certification in 2017.
Since opening CRNP, Katy has successfully brought her dedicated clients to new levels of fitness and personal satisfaction. Her client focus is on pre/post-cancer treatment, the aging population, clients with traumatic injuries, and training Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructors. Katy’s unique and intuitive methods of teaching combined with an unwavering focus have given her clients a decidedly fresh and holistic approach to mind-body health.
Indianapolis, United States of America, Indiana
Katie Wright has been a certified Pilates instructor for 18 years. She first started her Pilates training in 1994 under the direction of Dolly Kelepecz and became certified through D.K. Body Balancing in 1999. With a passion for dance, Katie began her Pilates career training dancers in the Boston area. After relocating to Indiana in 2000, she became one of the primary Pilates mat teachers in the Indianapolis area and opened Pilates Indy Inc in May of 2002.
After being introduced to Body Arts and Sciences International's (BASI) founder Rael Isacowitz, Katie completed the BASI Certification Program in 2004.
In 2011, her studio in Indianapolis became a host site for BASI Teacher Training Program, and she became Faculty in 2015 after working with Rael since 2001. Her dedication to Pilates comes from her passion for the beauty of movement, desire for knowledge, and enthusiasm to help others achieve their maximum potential.
She has taken courses with many Pilates greats including Kathy Grant, Lolita San Miguel, Alan Herdman, Mari Winsor, Ron Fletcher, Mary Bowen, and Bob Liekens.
Besides Pilates, Katie has completed her Gyrotonic Foundation Level 1 Training and Certification. She is also certified on the Gyrotonic Jump Sliding Board, having worked with Master trainers Debra Rose, Juergen Bamberger, Alissa Seim, and Kathy Van Patten.
Katie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Athletic Training with a minor in Chemistry from Butler University. A longterm goal is to complete her Master’s Degree in Anatomy from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Katie’s academic training in Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Neurology has helped her accommodate clients with a variety of physical challenges from low back pain to ALS and to cancer.
Balito, South Africa,
“She loved life and it loved her right back.”
Tash Barnard is undoubtedly an embodiment of this adage. With her illuminating
smile, infectious laugh and effervescent personality, Tash effortlessly exudes a
characteristic warmth that endears everyone she meets, to her.
An international certified Pilates instructor, Tash originally had aspirations of
being a professional dancer, graduating with honours in the Ceccheti Ballet and
IDTA Modern Dance methods in 2000. This stood her excellent stead to flow
naturally into an illustrious career in Pilates; she qualified as a BASI instructor
after completing her studies directly under Rael Isacowitz in 2001. Now a BASI
faculty member, Tash is extensively involved in building a strong, focused Pilates
community through facilitating and teaching workshops and courses for BASI.
Her energetic, patient teaching style has seen her share her knowledge across
the globe including sessions in Morocco, London, Dubai, Salzburg and Hong
Kong. She is also a guest teacher on Pilates Anytime.
Tash owns and operates a highly successful studio, Tash B Pilates, out of Ballito
on the North Coast of South Africa. The studio is a beautiful marriage of Tash’s
tangible passion for Pilates and her heart for her clients: she and her band of
instructors have created a caring, nurturing environment for students of all
levels to flourish in.
Tash’s unshakable faith undergirds her professionally and personally, as a wife
to Andre and mother to Asia and Carter. Her humility precedes her, and her
generosity is unrivalled; yet Tash remains firmly grounded.
She is strong-minded and zealous about sharing the wonder of Pilates, which she
believes has changed her life, and allowing it to do the same for others. This
vision coupled with Tash’s incredible heart for the community, sets her apart not
only as a respected Pilates instructor but a woman of integrity, value and worth.
Rael Isacowitz holds a Bachelor of Education and teaching credentials from the Wingate Institute, Israel and a Master of Arts in Dance from the University of Surrey, England. He has been practicing Pilates for close to 4 decades and is recognized internationally as an expert in the field.
In 1989 Rael founded BASI Pilates® (Body Arts and Science International®), a comprehensive Pilates education organization spanning the globe. He spearheaded the development of Pilates Interactive, the one-of-a-kind e-learning software and designed the concepts for BASI Systems Pilates equipment. Rael has authored two best selling books, Pilates and Pilates Anatomy (Human Kinetics); the latter co-authored with Karen Clippinger, plus multiple professional workbooks and DVD’s.
Rael is part of the great legacy of Pilates teachers and mentors. He has studied and taught with luminaries of the Pilates world including several of the Pilates Elders, first generation teachers. His contributions to Pilates as a teacher, author and innovator are recognized and respected throughout the Pilates industry. Creativity and energy suffuse Rael’s work. His passion for the art of Pilates is well known as is the unique athleticism he brings to the method – a synthesis of body, mind, and spirit.
Orange County, United States of America, California
Leah Stewart, former BASI Senior Faculty, has travelled widely on behalf of BASI, teaching and presenting in the United States, England, Japan, China, India, Australia, and Italy. In addition to her BASI accreditation, she is certified as a Pre-and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist, and is a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Leah holds an MSc in Human Movement with a specialization in exercise prescription for older adults. Prior to embarking on her current career, she graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance, and has danced professionally with the Orange County-based contemporary dance company, Backhaus Dance. The owner of LiveLife Pilates studio in Orange County, California, Leah has been featured several times on the cover of the Body Mind Spirit conference catalog and in Pilates Style Magazine advertisements. She was one of the models in the second edition of the BASI Pilates Movement Analysis Workbooks as well as in Rael’s book Pilates. Leah has studied to be a raw food chef with Alissa Cohen, LLC and enjoys the benefits of a healthy integration of raw foods in her diet.
BASI Senior Faculty, Education/Faculty Coordinator.
Jennifer Pearlstein came to Pilates with a BA from UC Davis and many years in the fitness industry. She has been on staff since 2001 and is currently the Education and Faculty Coordinator for BASI Headquarters, working closely with CEO and founder Rael Isacowitz.
She is a highly sought-after instructor, traveling extensively, both domestically and internationally, to teach a variety of training courses. Her travels have taken her to Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Spain and Turkey, as well as cities across the United States.
She is a strong advocate for the profession. She has taught at the Pilates Method Alliance Conference, Canfit Pro conference in Toronto, Canada as well as AFFEX and China Fit in Beijing, China.
In her free time, Jen enjoys doing yoga, hiking and meditation, and is a Certified Mindfulness teacher trainer.
Santa Barbara, United States of America, California
Sarah Bertucelli has been working as a dance and fitness professional since 1989 and is senior faculty for BASI. She discovered Pilates when searching for a way to treat a debilitating back injury. The method worked, and she never looked back. She received BASI accreditation under Rael’s direction and subsequently joined the BASI Faculty in 2003. She has taught BASI courses and workshops in China, Brazil, Paris and various locations across the US.
After graduating from UCSB, Sarah spent 4 years as a full time fitness instructor for the renowned Golden Door Spa and Rancho La Puerta before moving on to found and direct The Pilates Studio at Pacific Athletic Club in Palos Verdes, CA. In 2007, Sarah partnered with the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and started Integrity Pilates, where she served as director for 6 years. Sarah now teaches Pilates at The Studio at Padaro Beach where Pilates Anytime is filmed. Currently she has 10 classes on the site, and is one of PA’s most popular instructors! A mother of two, an athlete, and a dancer, Sarah’s passion for the body builds daily!
Abigail Meilyawati Angkawijaya
Bandung, Indonesia, West Java
Abigail M Angkawijaya or known as Abee, with the business commerce background and a movement enthusiast, she never stops learning. From fashion design to finance, from martial arts into pilates, and pilates is the one that she wants to give more energy to focus and develop. Her passion in teaching has found a big family that shares the same passion in BASI Pilates®.
As a part of BASI Faculty Team, Abee’s been received many trainings not only in Indonesia but also overseas to enrich her teaching and movement technique. Also, Abee is assisting in hosting administration for Indonesia.
Homebased in 1618Pilates Movement Center in Bandung, Indonesia, as the host studio Java and Bali, as well as BASI System® Show Room, Abee sets her working place into learning place for everyone who comes to her studio. Right now she works with seniors clients and Indonesian elite athlete rehabilitation program through Pilates.
Along with her tag line ‘I dont want to teach, I want to insipre the world around me’ she will deliver the knowledge with passion and enthusiasm.
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