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Real people, real testimonials from the BASI Community.

Our community spans the world. Listen to BASI stories from real people including faculty and students on how Pilates, BASI, our teacher training programs, workshops, courses and more have impacted their lives. Pilates is a gateway to a healthier lifestyle for the mind, body, and soul. Our community has come together to share their messages.

Power of Aging by Rael Isacowitz

Michelle Lam

“Thank you so much Rael and the BASI Team. Fantastic workshop!”

Christiana Tzortzi

“Rael. Thank you very much for all the beautiful work! I hope someday we meet in person in another workshop. Team and teachers, thank you very much too.”

Guadalupe Ruiz Gimenez

“Dear friend, long-awaited master, not a single day I want to pass without congratulations you and your team for that excellent Workshop Te power of aging with which you fulfill your wisdom launched into the universe 9 years ago in Valencia remembering our beloved Javier Bseiso, who will have been from the proud and happy light of this great master! Like me here in Bolonia learning from your wisdom and generosity of heart!
Infinite thanks for the opportunity you offered me to open a window in your space to give my vision and experience lighting the power and the art to aging !! Gratitude and unconditional love Guady🙏😍❤️

Tali Hanoch

“The research, knowledge, and passion that Rael so obviously put into creating this workshop could be seen and felt within the first five minutes of the first day and throughout. Whether you are experienced working with senior clients or have not yet had much experience with this population – this workshop is for you. Come to think of it, this workshop is for anyone and everyone who plans to age happily and gracefully by staying active, and help those around them do the same.”

Barbara Maillard 

“The Power of Aging, was an invigorating workshop! Rael was as usual full of positive energy, compassion, and always with evolving knowledge. A thousand thanks to BASI headquarter staff for their kindness and positive energy throughout this amazing training! I highly recommend this workshop for any Pilates Teacher out there,” (It should be a certification program).

Elizabeth Richmond 

“The Power of Aging” workshop by Rael Isacowitz and BASI was impressively thorough. The information presented is packed with methods for modification and variation of the BASI repertoire to assist, yet still, challenge our mature client population. A valuable learning experience that ranks comparable with the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Program.”

Efi Mavrogianni

“Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend “The Power of Aging” workshop, created and presented by my Mentor Rael Isacowitz.

What I loved about this workshop is that we explored all facets of wellbeing for the mature population in a unique way. During the lecture part, we got all the essential information about the challenges, the needs, and how to work effectively with our clients. This was perfectly balanced with the repertoire part, where we learnt a lot of exercises, including modifications. All the above combined with Rael’s inspiring and generous way of teaching. All in all, it was an amazing learning experience!”

Delka Glavcheva

“The power of aging workshop has been a very nice experience”

Alexandra Rossopoulos

“The power of aging” workshop was a deep experience! Rael taught with empathy, patience, and with respect towards everyone! It seems he took his injury as a gift and used it as a tool to comprehend better the weak side someone older can have… The sincere, honest teacher that always leads by example!”

Grace Gu

“The power of aging workshop was such an inspiring experience to me. Aging, in general, should be an ongoing topic that all populations all age groups should pay attention to for ourselves and others. This workshop brings such a positive, comprehensive approach to it. The learning experience was amazing, it’s a perfect combination of lecture material and movement analysis. And I love the passion and love Rael always brings to us. All in all, it was such a great opportunity to learn from Rael and everyone else attending the workshop, thank you so much for having me! BASI always presents the most amazing programs and workshops and they did it again this time!”


Carina Bayley

“We know Rael is always inspirational as an instructor. I have dipped in and out of work with him over the past 20 years.  This two-day Power of Ageing workshop was particularly well planned with so much relevant content I feel it has given me another angle on the way I can help my clients achieve their bodies’ movement potential.  In fact, I believe we are offering a Pilates Superpower to people, helping them access so much more than they think they can at any age.  Thanks, Rael, always fun working out with you too! ”

Elena Malci

“ I believe the subtle power of aging comes from uniqueness of everyone’s experience.

Multiple life’s verges that we have walked through and keep counting on the go build up truly priceless tool box for every Teacher. Raw experience teaches us all the dos and don’ts, all the shoulds and shouldn’ts, shows us how to treat our bodies in more loving and caring ways, guides us to our major point breaks and helps to surf them in the most graceful manner.

This two-days workshop is about generosity and abundance, about unique tool box (treasure box to be precise!) of one powerful man. Rael selflessly shares enormously huge knowledge he has collected all his life bit by bit. Attendees are only required to be open to this alchemical fountain as learning from the very source is the shortest and most efficient way towards well-being, healthy body and genuine love to selves and people whose lives we touch as Teachers.”

Pilates Through Injuries and Pathologies 

Melissa Flynn

“Thanks for the great class Sam! I was already able to apply some of the new exercises we learned today with a client who has disc issues. FYI for anyone who has not taken a course with Sam she is great! I have taken two of her courses and they have both been outstanding. I would recommend anything she teaches,”

Carrie Cowan

“Awesome course. Sam has a ton of experience and explains everything in a way that was so easy to understand. I loved the course and am looking forward to the quality of continuing education BASI will be offering.”

Lee Hodder

“I thought the course was very thorough in its entirety and the workbook manual will be a valued resource which I am sure to refer to often. Samantha Wood was wonderful on a professional and personal level and made the course very easy to understand.”

Patti Jo Cooper
“Great course; Sam is awesome! Tons of information, a great new resource with the new Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies manual, and great ideas on selecting the correct exercises for a clients condition. Thank you, Sam, BASI, Jeanne and OnCenter Conditioning for another excellent experience.”

Kristina George
“I just wanted to thank BASI Pilates for offering such an invaluable course. Samantha is a great educator. It couldn’t have been any better.”

Teri Koboyashi

“The course was excellent and Samantha Wood was so thorough and I loved the information provided.”

Johanna Maharani

“What an amazing and eye-opening experience. The materials covered were just right; with good amount of details and extra time for the attendees to practice.”

Karen Mallinson

“I love the high standard of course delivery and education that the BASI faculty provides. The knowledge, experience and information that I have gathered from the course have been exactly what I was looking for and I feel like I am walking away equipped with options that
will forever be beneficial to all our clients.”

Pilates Through Pregnancy and Beyond 

Simone Wagenaar

“I really enjoyed delving into a topic so comprehensively with Ashley Ritchie.
Ashley shares from personal experience as a mother, a specialist in her field and an instructor who, just like you and me, thinks through each choice for her Pre and Post Natal clients in order to make the best choice. She uses real-life examples that give context and guide you to make intelligent choices. She gives assignments that help cement the foundation of your day’s learnings and there is active participation with other students as you discuss case studies in groups and ask Ashley questions. You get a glimpse into different instructors’ exercise suggestions and the process instils confidence to make good choices as an instructor yourself. The mat classes are also a great addition and Ashley shares ideas to create flow, incorporate class themes and props into practice with purpose. Right from the start Ashley takes a personal interest in each participant’s life and work experience and uses this background to tailor her experience to get the most out of this course.
With a wealth of theoretical and practical information, this course is an investment, not only in your Pre and Post Natal clients— but it will empower you with modifications to use for a whole menagerie of clients in your studio space. Whether you are mat or comprehensively trained Ashley is ready to make suggestions using different props and different equipment.
Joining this course Online was perfect for me —It was a bonus to be able to review the dense course days on a recording and I feel this really deepened my understanding of the work. Thank you BASI Pilates and Ashley for a great experience.”

Elina Ilchenko
“During my work, I have taken many courses on working with pregnant women, but none of these courses contained such voluminous information. This is a very high-quality program that gives a complete understanding of how to properly build and training process for working with pregnant women and postnatal. A professional approach from tutorials to organization. Many thanks to the teacher for his passion and for his work.”

Clara Lykke Louw

“I really enjoyed the course with Ashley Ritchie. She is such a competent and loving teacher. Her creativity makes the class fun and I learned a lot. I can highly recommend this class to anyone, who is or want to teach pregnant or postnatal woman.”

Kendra Neethling

“The Pregnancy and Beyond course presented by Ashley Ritchie is a world of knowledge I feel privileged to have gotten a glimpse into. Ashley’s knowledge and passion for the subject is evident in the way she shared the course information with the participants and I could not recommend the course more for any Pilates instructor. Whether planning to work with pregnancy or bodies of any kind, then repertoire suggestions and information is transferrable to almost any client population and I am excited to use it in my sessions!”

Elenoire Turri

“Ashley delivers so much knowledge, with warmth, efficiency, patience. Even online, she made it an exciting, interactive and rich workshop. Definitely an input I needed as a Pilates teacher. Thank you!”

Mariann Fogarasy

“Excellent workshop with an amazing presenter. BASI quality in every way, I enjoyed every second of it. More than recommended for every Pilates teacher!”

Ohoud AlSalloumi

“The course was extremely informative with lots of details. Ashley is always passionate & very helpful, she provides tons of information!”

Leena Syrjala

“I had the pleasure of participating online in the Pilates through Pregnancy and Beyond with Ashley Ritchie. I really learned a lot and the four days seemed to fly past so fast! The course was a good mix of theory and practical work – just what I was hoping for. The course material we received was absolutely amazing and Ashley really made me feel that I was seen and appreciated. I have to say that it almost felt like face to face teaching! I would most definitely recommend the course to anyone who works with pregnant or postpartum clients. 

Lauren Hovik

“Pilates Through Pregnancy and Beyond is both a fascinating and vital continuing education course. I feel ensured to work confidently with pregnant clients and all the conditions that come along with pregnancy. The course books are wonderful, and I learned just as much from Ashley’s responses to questions as I did reading the text. Ashley is a bright, creative, considerate, and thoughtful instructor that I am so honored to study with. You won’t regret taking this course.”

The Setup for Success

October 2021

Cheryl Fitzgerald

“I decided to take the Setup for Success workshop with Ofie Dates in preparation for my practical and teaching exam. I am so glad I did! Ofie has such an amazing energy and great teaching style. The information she presented is so valuable. Not only did she include the setup of the repertoire, but she discussed the pre-setup and any current changes/updates as well. I highly recommend this workshop for students and for teachers who are looking for a refresher. You definitely won’t regret it.”

Rachel Park

“The Setup for Success was amazing! I had hundreds of magical moments which show how proper pre-setup and setup change the initial movement and outcome of the exercises. I strongly recommend this workshop because I feel like our comprehensive program teaches me what the exercises are and what to do…but this workshop teaches me how to do them. Many special thanks to Ofie who has put a lot of effort to prepare this workshop.”

The Foundation Program at


Zamora Alibay

“I really love the teacher training program, and especially the teaching style of Stella’s. She’s such an amazing person, joyful personality, and you just want to come back, observe all this knowledge, and just be around her. Because she radiates all this energy and really inspires you to do more, be more and come prepared.

Marissa Aguilar

“I want to share my BASI experience. Before training at BASI, I asked around to many different instructors that I know in the Orange County area. I asked them where was the best place to train locally, and I kept hearing BASI. I have friends that don’t live in the area that heard about BASI and it was kind of a no brainer to go with this training program based on all the feedback I was getting from people that I know in the industry. I just completed the Foundation Program. I will admit that before going into the program that I was very intimidated because I do not have an extensive background in fitness or Pilates. And I will say that coming out of the program, I have just that, a strong foundation, a strong understanding for the work of Joseph Pilates, and also Rael’s work, and also all his contributions to Pilates, so I feel very confident in what I have learned so far. I can see that the instructors are very seasoned professionals, many of them are business owners, they have their own studios and they are just incredible to work with. I feel like they want us to succeed as students and that has just been a positive experience.”

Jessica Pimentel

“The WPB Studio didn’t offer many reminders or set studio pratice hours- definitely not as put together as the Brooklyn Studio which has everything set up through Mind Body.
I with there was a depository on the portal for connecting with other students so we are not so siloed and regulated to where we took our class.”

Brynna Muzio

“The BASI Foundation Program taught me invaluable foundational knowledge to begin working towards a career in Pilates. Our instructors were knowledgeable and approachable, affording each student the opportunity for personalized feedback.”

Kellie Purcell

“Superior quality from knowledgeable instructors to state-of-the-art equipment. Top-notch education. Feels like family.
I’m so excited BASI has expanded to NorCal!”

Karina Smith

“Wow!! What a fantastic program! The BASI Academy is well organized and the staff is friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend BASI for teacher training, increase personal knowledge of the human body and knowledge of the BASI Pilates method.”

Brooke Adair Walters

“Absolutely loved this course! The curriculum was fantastic, and pushed both my body and mind to its limits. Can’t wait to take more!”

Comprehensive Program Global

Amrita Roopra

“Excellent course. Excellent teacher. Beautiful studio space and host.

Anuja Chehar

“Despite all the difficulties that COVID brought to us all, it really made me feel so connected to the Global BASI Community and actually worked out to be such a good support system for me since we were the first Hosts to form on this side of the Globe. The entire course with all the teachers from South Africa and their Compassion towards all the students has been so inspirational. The quality & delivery of the content together with giving us BASI interactive to review the exercises is really ensuring a high caliber of teachers that go through the full programme complete with all the hours. Trust the process and know that if you do your outcome of success will be of the highest standard for sure!”

Anuja Chehar

“Despite all the difficulties that COVID brought to us all, it really made me feel so connected to the Global BASI Community and actually worked out to be such a good support system for me since we were the first Hosts to form on this side of the Globe. The entire course with all the teachers from South Africa and their Compassion towards all the students has been so inspirational. The quality & delivery of the content together with giving us BASI interactive to review the exercises is really ensuring a high caliber of teachers that go through the full programme complete with all the hours. Trust the process and know that if you do your outcome of success will be of the highest standard for sure!”


“You are the best 🤗❤️”

Cristina Lima

“A fantastic experience full of emotions.”


“The books have a lot of typos, need to be revised and updated with the new edition. I find the study guide not well written, its obvious that is not a complete and independent book but a guide that has a lot of information paraphrased. I would like to have the program taught by various BASI tutors from all around the world. We have a presenter for the BASI Benelux, sometimes is too much to have the same presenter in all modules, educational programs, class teachings. If more BASI presenters from all around the world are present gives better feeling of being part of a big community and is more inspiring for further education.

Graduate Program


“I’ve really enjoyed the information that I learned. As a ballet dancer this is pretty invaluable to me so I’m excited to do my graduate and to keep learning and practicing.”

Mat Program

Niina Oisalo

“High quality teaching, great supporting atmosphere!”

Pilates for Dancers by Karen Clippinger


“I loved Karen’s class!  It was so comprehensive and left me feeling much more confident in my Pilates repertoire when working with dancers.  As an online student, I really appreciated the opportunity to have Karen provide me direct feedback through our camera and audio capabilities.  I felt as close to actually participating in person as one could hope for!”
Mendor Program Day 1


“As a PT, I thought the course was taught very well with instruction of anatomy and therapeutic movements and exercises. I will definitely use what I have learned in orthopedic rehabilitation. I also work with dancers frequently and the specialized exercises are the perfect addition to my current practice.”


“As a former Principal Ballerina, and current BASI Pilates and Ballet Instructor, I was extremely interested in taking the Pilates for Dancers Certification Course with Karen… and I must say Karen was absolutely AMAZING! She brought new perspectives to my teaching and challenged me to dig deeper. I really enjoyed the lectures on current statistics and anatomy. Like other BASI workshops and certification courses, I left wanting more!”


“The course was wonderful! Going into this course I was worried that there would be a lot that I would not understand, being fresh in my Pilates career and not being a dancer. But I was intrigued by the course because I have always loved dance and thought it was an extraordinary art, then becoming a Pilates instructor, brought in a lot of clients that are dancers that want to enhance their skills. For these reasons, I was drawn to sign up for the Pilates for Dancers course with Karen Clippinger. Every day of the course brought so much new knowledge about dance, pilates, and more about anatomy. Of course, I am young in my journey as an instructor so there was some advanced information, but nothing that was unclear, and the space created at BASI always left room for me to feel like I could ask questions without feeling behind. Karen’s intelligence radiates through everything that she does and combined with BASI this created such an incredible environment to learn and grow as an instructor. I am excited to continue to study the material given to me at the conference so that I may learn more to be a better instructor for my dancers.”


“This workshop was beyond what I expected. I am truly honored to have met someone as inspiring as Karen Clippinger. I am not a dancer and the only contact with dance that I had was through my client who is a professional ballroom dance teacher who had injuries all over the body. So I decided to do this workshop to help her. However, what I have learned here can help all my clients. Karen was so clear in her explanations and made sure that all of us really understood each exercise, I have to say it was one of the best workshops I have ever done. The vibe was so nice and encouraging too. Thank you so much, Karen Clippinger and BASI!”

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