Sondra Karman, Senior Faculty, has been teaching Pilates for 28 years. As a classical ballet dancer, she began her Pilates training to enhance her performance strength and stamina. The well-balanced and structured practice of Pilates kept her free of major injuries during her thirty-two year international professional career. Sondra holds a degree in Dance Medicine Therapy, and a certificate of Dance Specialization. She has also worked with Chicago surgeons creating pre and post hip and knee replacement exercise to aid in their patients' surgery and long-term recovery. Specific body mechanics and precise movement patterns for efficient alignment are of utmost importance to Sondra, because of this, BASI's unique approach to Pilates captivated her from her first session. Body Balancing Pilates, Sondra's studio for seventeen years, is located in the heart of Chicago. Her professional practice reaches far beyond general clientele to include members of the local dance community, physical therapy patients and professional athletes, all of whom are looking to maximize their physical well being. Sondra's passion for Pilates, her commitment to learning and to maintaining the highest professional standards has led her to become BASI Senior Faculty, giving her the incredible privilege of passing on her life's experiences and dedication of Pilates to her students.