“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.