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BASI Pilates

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About BASI BASI, is an acronym for Body Arts and Science International. It is both the name of the academy’s holding company and an affirmation of its approach to Pilates studies. BASI’s main pillars are Education, Equipment and Innovation. BASI Pilates®, a leading Pilates education academy with a reputation for innovation, dedication, and academic excellence. Their mission is to preserve the essence of Joseph Pilates’ philosophy and perpetuate it with innovation by educating teachers of the highest caliber.

A BASI Pilates instructor training program is anchored in scientific principles while celebrating the art of every movement. BASI Systems, is one of the sister brands, covering the equipment, providing finely crafted Pilates equipment. BASI Academy & Studio, BASI Interactive and BASI LFTL are other sister brands of BASI, serving its mission, enabling Pilates enthusiasts to have an overall Pilates experience with a unified and world-class approach.

BASI History:

Founder of BASI, Rael Isacowitz

‘In 1989 Rael recognized the explosive growth that the Pilates industry was about to experience. Joseph Pilates had developed his exercise method many years before, but this was different. Rael felt a surge of interest in this forward-thinking method with its emphasis on core strength, functional movement, body alignment, and the mind-body connection.

Rael taught at the Wingate Institute of Physical Education in Israel to potential teachers and done curriculum and program development. He completed his Master’s Degree in Dance Studies (1986). He was also an athlete and practiced yoga. Given his experience in Pilates, and his teaching credentials, and requests from people to train them, he channeled his passion for Pilates into creating his first Pilates teacher training course. BASI Pilates® was born. It is now an industry leader in Pilates teacher training.’

BASI Values:

BASI, honors Pilates history and the legacy handed down by Joseph Pilates by providing it's students with a solid foundation in all aspects of the Pilates Method. As such, the entire original repertoire is addressed and all equipment is studied. BASI combines respect for history and tradition with openness to scientific and technological advances. This openness has produced the BASI Block System®, the F2® System, Pilates Interactive® and many other innovations that organically supplement the pioneering work of Joseph Pilates. BASI Pilates stands for excellence and professionalism. They continue the work of Joseph Pilates.

BASI Pilates Education Programs

Since 1989, BASI Pilates founder Rael Isacowitz has been training Pilates to be passionate, dedicated, highly skilled and deeply committed to the Pilates ethos of ensuring happiness through physical fitness. These are the qualities that distinguish the BASI educational programs. The range of programs BASI offers includes Mat, Comprehensive US and Global, ProBridge, Advanced and Continuing Education studies, master-level Workshops and international symposiums. These are highly respected college-level Pilates teacher training programs that prepare students to teach Pilates professionally and to take the PMA Pilates certification exam.

The Mat Program Pilates mat teacher training is the perfect vehicle for learning the principles of the Pilates Method. It is easy to integrate into different settings, and a great way to introduce people to Pilates. BASI regards Pilates Mat Work as the “crown jewel” of Pilates.

The Comprehensive Teacher Training Programs

The BASI Comprehensive Program (US) is an enduring foundation for a career in Pilates. Two programs, taken sequentially, make up the Comprehensive Program: the Foundation Program and the Graduate Program.

Comprehensive Program (Global)

BASI's Teacher Training Programs are inspirational and rigorous programs that provide a thorough education in the Pilates Method.

BASI Pilates teacher training is available at locations around the world! From the US to Asia, Canada to Brazil, Australia, to South Africa, and beyond, Pilates students are becoming BASI qualified Pilates professionals.

Although the structure of the program differs from the US to elsewhere in the world, the content and BASI signature integrity remain consistent and ever-present.

Offered only outside of the United States in select Host studios and licensee territories, the Comprehensive Global Program provides in-depth studies, both academic and practical, on the full range of Pilates equipment and Mat Work.

Advanced and Continuing Education Programs

Legacy Program

Following the Comprehensive Program is the challenging Legacy Program with Rael. Legacy is the epitome of BASI Pilates Teacher Training. This is where the art and science of learning, teaching and doing Pilates come together at the highest level. Taught in its entirety exclusively by BASI founder Rael Isacowitz, this is a personal and life-changing exploration into the higher-level repertoire and teaching nuances of the Pilates Method. Rael generously shares his vast knowledge, accumulated over 4 decades, as he guides this unique and enriching journey. The Legacy Program consists of 4 individual programs: Mentor, Master I, Master II and Honors. Upon completion of these four programs, the BASI Legacy Certificate is awarded. Graduates also receive a special badge for their teacher page at BASI and their own promotions. Legacy is the highest achievement within BASI Pilates. Graduates of this unique, one-of-a-kind educational experience are well-equipped to carry the torch of Pilates for future generations of students and teachers.

2.3 BASI Learn From The Leaders

Learn from The Leaders conference is one the premier Pilates conferences in the world, debuted by BASI Pilates first in Australia in 1992. Since then, Learn From the Leaders has expanded worldwide and has been held with great success in Germany, Greece, South Africa and the United States.

BASI Learn From the Leaders is open to everyone in the Pilates community. It not only features top industry presenters, hands-on education, interactive workshops, and exciting social events. It also acts as a hub for Pilates professionals and enthusiasts, to come together in celebration of this thriving community.

2.4 BASI Interactive

BASI Interactive is another innovation from BASI Pilates, the pioneer in Pilates teacher training and advanced education. It is an online knowledge resource for Pilates professionals, an interactive video library of the entire Pilates repertoire. It is also a unique resource for studio operators, combining comprehensive instructional material with custom workout creation and invaluable tools for session management at the level of the individual client.

2.5 BASI Books & DVD’s

BASI Books and DVD’s offer an opportunity to deepen the understanding of the Pilates technique, anatomy and teaching skills. The workbooks and e-Books are the same books used for teacher training programs. Other topics range from anatomy to rehabilitation. And the DVD’s are a great way to improve the mat practice.

2.6 BASI Pilates Academy & Studio

BASI Pilates Academy & Studio formerly known as On Center Conditioning was one of the first Pilates studios in Orange County, California, U.S.A. With over 25 years of providing superior Pilates classes and sessions, it serves as the headquarters for the world-renowned teacher training program. The BASI Academy & Studio is internationally recognized as one of the world's finest Pilates studios - and sets a standard in the industry. It is furnished with a complete range of equipment developed by Joseph Pilates, featuring the BASI Systems equipment line.

Equipment / BASI Systems

BASI Systems introduces innovations that fully facilitate the precision and flow of movement inherent in the BASI approach. BASI education challenges students to continually broaden their horizons and reach for their inner greatness and BASI Systems facilitates this goal. Evolution is a necessary process and an integral part of inspiring the continuous search and discovery of strength, grace and ultimate well-being.

Marathon Mat®

Conceived by Rael Isacowitz, this intensive, two-hour session focuses on the multiple possibilities of the Mat Work, which is the foundation of the Pilates method. Approaching the Mat Work as a warm-up and conditioning routine for fit individuals and athletes, the Marathon Mat is challenging, invigorating and eye-opening. Based on the BASI approach to the work, the workshop builds a meditation in motion, using both classical and contemporary exercises and featuring the BASI Flow Sequence.

The BASI Pilates Block System®

Devised by BASI Pilates founder Rael Isacowitz, the BASI Block System is a specialized ‘filing’ system for the hundreds of exercises in the Pilates repertoire. It categorizes them in a logical sequence that ensures the progressive structuring of classes within a flexible framework. This system is the foundation of the BASI methodology. The Block System encourages progressive thinking within a structure. It enables the instructor to construct a class that is balanced and addresses all planes of movement and multiple muscle groups. The Block System categorizes each exercise in the Pilates repertoire into one or more of 12 Blocks: Foot Work Spinal Articulation and Lateral Flexion are examples; and there are multiple exercises to choose from in each Block. The criteria which come into play when choosing an exercise include things like the experience, the level and goals of the client, the needs of the class such at the time, and the structure and flow.

F2 System

The F2 System training is to learn more about the new BASI Systems F2 Arm Chair and Spine Corrector, as well as the F2 addition to all the traditional Pilates apparatus. Participants are introduced to new concepts and learn extensive repertoire based on the BASI Block System.

Licensees & Host Studios and Partner Studios

BASI is an international company with its education being offered in over 30 countries. Licensee territories are administered in particular regions around the world. They share a symbiotic relationship with BASI Pilates Headquarters while organizing their own administration of BASI programs, host studios and students. They are able to provide exceptional support and guidance to those in their region by being close in proximity and being able to offer assistance in the language of the territory.

All programs and course offerings run in Licensee territories follow the same format and provide the same quality of education expected from BASI Pilates®.

Currently, there are 11 licensee territories of BASI Pilates®.

BASI Pilates Australia BASI Pilates Germany/Switzerland/Austria BASI Pilates Greece BASI Pilates Italy BASI Pilates Japan BASI Pilates Korea BASI Pilates Scandinavia BASI Pilates South Africa BASI Pilates Spain BASI Pilates Turkey BASI Pilates United Kingdom

5.2 Host Studios and Partner Studios

BASI is also proud to have an exceptional group of leading studios that offer teacher training and advanced education programs. Each BASI Host studio is chosen according to stringent requirements, including superior facilities, ample equipment and, most importantly, compatibility with the BASI principles of quality, caring and hard work. Host studios serve as educational centers and are available for student practice, observation and practice teaching, in addition to the study component of the course.

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