– Mat Program
Immerse yourself into the world of Pilates.
For those who prefer a more in-depth, immersive teacher training experience, BASI offers Mat Pilates Teacher Training Retreats in a variety of exotic locations around the world. This unique format allows students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, hone their skills, and dive deep into the work, enjoying extra time to practice and conduct discussions.
All material from the standard Mat Program is covered, and the program completion requirements are identical.
Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region, Pilates breathing, an historical overview of Pilates, the BASI approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat exercises.
Includes a one-hour Mat class.
Primary concepts covered include an anatomy and terminology overview: major bones, muscles, joints, bony landmarks, and center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covered includes intermediate Mat exercises.
Primary concepts covered include the BASI system of movement analysis, exercise physiology, and aerobic/anaerobic exercise. The BASI format of teaching is discussed and the Block System, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire covered is intermediate Mat and exercises utilizing Leg Weights.
Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire covered is intermediate through advanced Mat.
Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core, with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises, and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire covered is advanced Mat.
Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. A general review of the repertoire is conducted. Repertoire covered is advanced Mat and Magic Circle. The online final Written Examination is available at the end of the program.
After completing the Mat Program, students are eligible to pursue a BASI Pilates Mat Teaching Certificate.
To receive a BASI Pilates Mat Teaching Certificate, students must complete the following graduation requirements:
In the USA the final Practical exam and final Teaching Evaluation are conducted at a Centralized Testing location. For international students, the final practical exam and teaching evaluation may be taken during the next program held at your Host Studio location, or during any program held at a Host Studio location worldwide.
Additional testing fees apply (See Tuition and Fees for more information).
Students are encouraged to begin their student hours during the Foundation Program. Up to 50% of Observation hours may be completed via BASI Interactive.
Students should aim to complete all requirements within one year of the last module of their Mat Program. However, we are happy to give an extension, if needed. If the requirements are not completed within three years, we may require the student to repeat 50% of the program prior to receiving a BASI Pilates Teaching Certificate.
I couldn’t feel more honored and humbled to be part of this life enhancing, educational journey. Stella and Ofie were both amazing and fabulous at teaching in a clear and concise way.
I totally understand why BASI teachers love and follow the way it is structured. It is truly meditation in movement and I am now totally hooked.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to get such a good education.
Lisa and the BASI team make themselves available and are responsive on email so you don’t feel alone once the course has finished. Thank you – it’s been great and I’m looking forward to continuing my journey!
The whole experience was great overall. Simone is amazing.
I feel totally inspired in my Pilates teaching and love every minute of it!
I feel like I made the right choice by choosing BASI to study Pilates.
A wonderful start of the journey to the world of Pilates and teaching.
The course content truly empowers a future instructor.
The depth of knowledge and community created together in this course is indescribable.
Becoming a solid teacher is a process of learning and growth, both mentally and physically.
It was a life-changing experience.
Rael is magnetic, and his passion is beyond inspiring.
Learning the BASI approach has been a game-changer in the way I teach and understand Pilates.
I would highly recommend it to other Pilates teachers looking for a way to gain a deeper knowledge of the work.
Now that I have discovered BASI, I would recommend it to anyone wishing to pursue a career in Pilates.
I am amazed at how much I’ve learned in just 6 modules!
I appreciate this ever-changing field and am proud to be a part of BASI.
The course was so informative, structured, and useful for my future career!
I can not tell you how honored and excited I am to be apart of the BASI Alumni.
I think BASI is a leader in the industry and will be proud when I complete my program!
To see all these beautiful people, to be together, to move together, to learn together, I’m so happy that I was there.
The energy in the room was amazing! Rael just made everyone feel so alive!
I’m sad because it’s over, but happy, it was an amazing weekend.
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Empowering Women Mat Class and Q&A
with Rael Isacowitz
Date: December 11, 2020
Time: 8am PST /18:00 GMT+2