BASI Pilates Student Story – Amy


My BASI Pilates Story

with Amy Saville

Ever wondered what it is actually like to study a BASI Pilates program? How do you juggle studying a Pilates teacher training  course and hold down an office job?  We spoke to BASI student,  Amy Saville who recently completed the final modules of the Global Comprehensive Program at our Brisbane Host Studio, Pilates Studio 64.

Q.  Why did you decide to study a BASI Pilates program rather than the other Pilates teaching courses on offer?

I decided to complete a BASI Pilates course for so many reasons! The main reasons would be;

–       That the BASI method is respected world-wide and has been around for 30 years! This spoke volumes to me, as I knew it would be a course I could trust. It also means that once qualified, I can work anywhere!

–       The course content and length. There are so many weekend long courses out there that don’t provide the same quality. I wanted to finish my course being completely confident in my abilities as an instructor and BASI has definitely provided this.

Q. How did you find the delivery and structure of the course?

I loved the structure of the course. Have the five weekend intensives spaced out with a month between each means that you have a whole month to practice the content you’ve learnt before moving onto more modules.

Q. What are you doing to get your self-practice and observation hours up? How are you finding the demands of the course?

For self-practice I’ve been taking a private session with a BASI Instructor nearly every week and doing two equipment sessions and one mat session each week self-guided (anything additional is a bonus!). And for observation, I’ve been observing at a couple of studios between 3-4 hours each week, as well as using Pilates Interactive.

It’s very demanding (especially as I still have a 3-day/week office job), but so rewarding! Pilates is my passion, so it’s always a joy to dedicate time to it! I guess that’s why I want it to be my career!

Q. How many hours a week do you dedicate to BASI training? Do you have another day job?

It varies slightly from week-to-week as I’m still working 3 days a week at my office job. But each week I try to do 4-5 hours of self-practice, 2-3 hours teaching practice and 3-5 hours of observation – so around between 15-18hours dedicated to BASI! Once I finish up at my office job, I hope to do much more, especially teaching hours.

Q. What has the support been like from BASI Australia Faculty throughout the course?

The Faculty have been very approachable and are always happy to answer questions to help me get the most out of my study and training.

It’s inspiring seeing all that they’ve achieved and the understanding that they have of the human body and the Pilates method. It makes me want to be the best instructor I can be! I love studying under Faculty who really love what they do and are passionate about passing the BASI method on!

Q. What do you plan to do after the course?

I’ll be working out of a couple of Pilates studios near me which is exciting! I plan to keep advancing my education with workshops. I’m also looking forward to attending LFTL 2020 on the Gold Coast.

Q. What are your ultimate Pilates goals?

I’d love to become the best instructor I can be through continual practice and learning and see where that takes me! Whether that be managing or owning a studio, or being on Faculty (if I was ever given the opportunity). I just want to pass on the BASI method to as many people as possible because I’ve seen and experienced for myself the enormous benefits.

Q. What is your favourite exercise from the BASI repertoire and why?

I love anything from the spinal articulation block, but particularly Long Spine on the Reformer. It feels amazing for my spine!

Q. Anything else you would like to tell us about your BASI Pilates experience?

I can’t recommend the BASI Global Comprehensive Course enough. It’s honestly been life changing for me. Even though it’s a big time, financial and physical commitment, it’s totally worth it!

Thanks Amy. Welcome to the BASI family and we look forward to following your Pilates teaching career.

Amy completed her studies at Pilates Studio 64 (BASI Australia HQ and host studio) in Brisbane in 2019. If you are interested in studying the BASI Pilates Global Comprehensive course our Sydney Host studio, Dynamic Pilates has a second course for 2019 starting on 13th September. There is also a Mat Intensive Program in Brisbane starting on 20th September 2019.

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BASI Learn from the Leaders Newport 2019

BASI Pilates Australia with Rael Isacowitz

Learn from the Leaders 2019 – A BASI Pilates graduate’s first experience

We are still buzzing after the BASI Pilates Learn from the Leaders in May. We had a great turnout from BASI Australia with BASI hosts and graduates joining Faculty at Newport Beach, California. To fully capture the essence of the event we’re publishing some Q&As from our very own BASI Australia family who attended. First up is Amber Monk who studied her BASI Pilates Global Comprehensive program at host studio, Dynamic Pilates in Sydney in 2017.

Q. Which workshops and classes did you attend? Any favourites and why?

I attended Brett Howard’s ‘Spinal and trunk Abnormalities’ on the first day.  Coming from a classical background and training under Romana, I was in awe of his knowledge of how to work with different conditions . He was also a great presenter, relaxed and funny.

On the following day, I did another of his workshops on ‘The right touch in Pilates’. Learning an abundance of new cues for a large amount of our BASI repertoire. Practical modifications for different body types, and also teaching the same exercise on different equipment, or just with yourself as the assist.

I also loved Karen Clippinger’s workshop on ‘Hollowing and Bracing’, I was lucky enough to demonstrate an exercise in her workshop which gave me the brief but happy experience of working with her. Coming from a dance background I felt like I was back in Ballet class, and the grace and ease with which Karen demonstrated such challenging exercises I was in awe of.

Theo Botha’s class I loved to! Her energy was just what we needed and her progressions were fun and new! Can’t wait to see her in Australia.

Q. What was it like to meet other BASI Pilates instructors/faculty from around the world?

Amazing! All were so warm and friendly

Q. There is a lot of talk about the BASI family, did you experience this feeling at LFTL?

Absolutely, even in the short time since graduating we have made friendships with other graduates and Host studios from all over the world, and look forward to meeting up at other BASI events.

Q. As a recently certified BASI instructor, what was the best thing for you about the LFTL event?

There were so many great moments from LFTL , the quality of the workshops were fantastic, each one we learnt so much from and I cannot wait to put what we have learnt into practice with my clients in the studio. As well as taking a mat class with Rael , there was also the opportunity to do workshops with him, and this was an absolute highlight…getting to see the depth of his knowledge and his ability to see the strength and weaknesses of the body in front of him, evident in years of experience in teaching.

Getting to see our own BASI Australia faculty Ed, Jordanna and Shane demonstrating exercises, presenting workshops and even participating in workshops alongside them was pretty cool to see just quietly. Speaking with other BASI graduates from around the globe at the conference made us appreciate even more how spoilt we are getting to train with faculty every week!

I would definitely recommend LFTL for other BASI graduates.

Q. Did you attend any post conference events or visit BASI HQ?

Sonya Rawlinson and I had booked a semi private session at BASI HQ the day we arrived, having not slept on the flight I was not sure I could even do it, but it turned out to be a great session with Yurika Matsomoto.

BASI HQ is a bright and warm studio.

Q. Did you get to do any Pilates with Rael? What was it like to hear from or train with the founder of BASI Pilates?

One of the moments that will stick with me forever is doing a mat class with Rael at the end of the LFTL conference. We were all exhausted, a combination of full days of workshops, early classes, late nights, and jetlag… and we knew we still had an hour and a half of mat work with Rael. But there was an energy in the room, 300 people packed into this conference room all with our BASI mats laid inches apart. I remember it was hot and noisy, I was next to BASI faculty Sheri Long, with Jordanna in front of me, when Rael begun the session all you could see was a room full of people moving in unison and all you could hear was everyone breathing in unison, a room full of people who knew the repertoire so well.

Rael was tired, everyone was, but his enthusiasm and energy was clear.

“Body we’ve got this, Mind we’ve got this” he said at our tenth attempt at hip circles. Amazing!

Q. LFTL is coming to Australia next year. Will you be there?

Absolutely! I am sure it will be amazing!

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BASI Pilates Australia LFTL 2019
BASI Pilates Australia graduates at LFTL 19

We are so excited to host the 2020 LFTL at the Gold Coast next year.

Save the date – 24th and 25th October 2020. Read more here