About Basi Pilates

Since 1989, BASI Founder, Rael Isacowitz, has been training Pilates teachers in his own image - passionate, dedicated, highly skilled and deeply committed to the Pilates ethos of ensuring happiness through physical fitness.

BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International, which is both the name of the academy's holding compary and an affirmation of its approach to Pilates studies. While a BASI education is anchored in anatomy, physiology and scientific principles, its emphasis is on the aesthetic quality of every movement.

The mission of BASI Pilates is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the method and to preserve and perpetuate the gift of Pilates by educating teachers of the highest caliber.

About Rael Isacowitz

Born in South Africa and educated in Israel and England, Rael has a Bachelor of Education degree and teaching credentials from Israel's prestigious Wingate Institute, and a Master of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Surrey, England.

His early Pilates teachers included Alan Herdman, and several of the first-generation Pilates teachers who are commonly known as the Elders, including Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, Romana Kryzanowska, Eve Gentry and Lolita San Migue.

Rael has authored the definitive book on Pilates (Pilates, Human Kinetics) with a second, Pilates Anatomy, to be released in 2011. He has published a series of Movement Analysis Workbooks on all the Pilates apparatus, produced DVDs and is a regular contributor to industry publications and a highly sought-after teacher and lecturer at Pilates forums around the world.