BASI Pilates® is the leading International Pilates education academy, with a reputation for innovation, dedication and academic excellence. Established in 1989 by world-renowned Pilates educator, Rael Isacowitz, BASI Pilates preserves the legacy of Joseph and Clara Pilates, while complementing their method with contemporary scientific knowledge.

BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International, which is both the name of the academy’s holding company and an affirmation of its approach to Pilates studies. Though 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 calibre. Unlike other, all-in-one Pilates enterprises, the sole purpose of BASI Pilates is to educate Pilates instructors and maintain that education on the cutting edge of the discipline for the duration of their careers.

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We've helped more than 1000 students to become their best



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Why Choose BASI

BASI Pilates UK

For numerous years BASI Pilates UK has brought top-class education to Pilates instructors in the United Kingdom. BASI Pilates is the educational vehicle that drives numerous successful studios, supporting its graduates with advanced education and regular industry updates.

From 2014, program directors Theo Botha and Lisa Lamberti obtained the BASI Pilates License for the United Kingdom. That enables them to provide top-class education at affordable rates, while enjoying continuous support from the International Head Office in the USA and associated partners.

The headquarters of BASI Pilates in the United Kingdom is in Wimbledon, London. Since 2017 Lisa has pursued the BASI Pilates UK business alone, as the wonderful Theo stepped down in order to  increase her Pilates pursuits and businesses in South Africa.

BASI Pilates UK supports all regulatory requirements of local government and organizations whose interest are to uplift and set standards for the industry. BASI Pilates UK is dedicated to ensuring that graduates stay informed about, and current with, all industry developments and requirements specific to United Kingdom.BASI Pilates UK has an open door policy and invites all Pilates instructors to communicate any questions or concerns. Ultimately, it is the people that make BASI Pilates the singular company that it is.


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BASI Programs
& Courses

BASI Pilates Courses are presented at over 100 locations in 25 countries across the world, and offers the following.

BASI Comprehensive Global Program
BASI Mat intensive Program
BASI Mat Program
Professional Bridging Program

Post Graduate Certificate Courses

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pilates right for you?

As the training is extensive and expensive, it is crucial that you are absolutely sure that this is a career path that you want to follow.  You have to be interested in exercise and very well connected with your body if you want to teach Pilates to others, and you have to be passionate about teaching or instructing.  Make a careful and informed decision, and do plenty of research and Pilates practice before choosing.  

Ensure that you feel comfortable with Pilates, and that you feel confident about teaching.  Certain experts recommend that you attend Pilates classes for a few months before you decide, as this is not just a career, but also a type of lifestyle.  Once you are certain that you want to become a Pilates instructor, you have to complete the course and fulfil all the theoretical and physical Pilates requirements before you can qualify.

What is the first step you should take if you want to
become a Pilates instructor?

The first step in becoming a Pilates instructor is to decide what type of instruction you would like to do. Once you have made that decision, you should find a suitable Pilates teaching academy that offers all the recognized courses you need to qualify.

How long does it typically take to qualify as a
Pilates instructor?

It usually takes around 500 hours to qualify as a Pilates instructor, and this typically spans about 24 months.

What types of certifications are available for Pilates

There are a variety of certifications available for aspiring Pilates instructors. Mat certification, for example, only allows you to teach mat work. However, a wider overall qualification enables you to teach both Pilates on the mat and using the relevant equipment.

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