About BASI

The BASI School, which stands for Body Art and Science International®, was founded in 1989 by Rael Isacowitz. BASI Pilates’ main office is in Costa Mesa, California (international official website: www.basipilates.com).

Today BASI Pilates is spread worldwide in over 30 countries, with over 100 Studies (Hosts) and over 10,000 certified teachers. It provides an internationally recognized education as well as from the Pilates Method Alliance.

BASI Pilates is an academy for the training of Pilates teachers whose mission is to support and perpetuate the work of Joseph and Clara Pilates by educating teachers of the highest level. BASI training is anchored to anatomy, physiology and scientific principles, but it also emphasizes the aesthetic quality of each movement. BASI Pilates preserves the classical repertoire and the essence of the philosophy of Joseph Pilates, completing it with contemporary experience and scientific knowledge.

The Training Part

Becoming a Pilates teacher is a path that requires will but above all an understanding of the mind-body connections that take place during the performance of the repertoire. The BASI Pilates method, thanks to the BASI Block System®, allows the construction of classes, both matwork and with tools, suitable for any type of customer and allows you to vary the classes obtaining personalized and stimulating training.

All the courses are held by “Faculty” lecturers selected directly from the BASI PIlates headquarters of Costa Mesa in California (http://www.basipilates.com/about/basi-team/). When the teacher holds the course in English, both a simultaneous translation and an Italian assistant are provided.


Rael has over 30 years of experience, practice, and teaching as a leading expert in the Pilates method. With a rich background as a dancer, athlete, yoga as well as Pilates, Isacowitz brings in his teachings unparalleled expertise combined with a passion for his work. He was a managing member of the Pilates Method Alliance, he continues to support this organization and others in many countries battling to fix and preserve the integrity of the Pilates technique.

His book “Pilates”, translated into Italian in 2010 as “Pilates Technical Manual” (Calzetti and Mariucci editori), was chosen as the best book on Pilates not written by Joseph and is an example of clarity and completeness. And it is a reference for many teachers all over the world.