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

BASI Pilates Student Story – Veronica

My BASI Pilates Story


If you are wondering what it’s like to study a BASI Pilates course. Often the best way to find out is to hear from the graduates.

BASI Pilates graduate, Veronica O’Shannessey studied the BASI Pilates Matwork certification course in at our BASI host studio, Cairns Pilates Barre. These are her words…

Q. Why did you decide to study the BASI Pilates Matwork certification course?

After having my first  child, I did some research to find out how I could rebuild my core strength and ended up doing classes with Cairns Pilates Barre in Smithfield, North Queensland. I chose the BASI Pilates Matwork because it was all to do with your own resistance in movements instead of using gym equipment.

The course came up and my teachers encouraged me to consider doing the certification and at the same time I wanted to learn more.

I loved the idea that BASI Pilates offered the Art and Science of Human Movement.

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

The delivery of the course was great and helpful at the same time. The fact that the BASI teachers came to the studio made it easier to understand the theory as well as the practical.


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

The support was really helpful and understanding. I was nervous in undertaking the course but BASI Faculty, Jordanna, BASI was supportive in answering all of my questions

Q. What have you done since the BASI course?

I have been busy showing my family and friends the benefits of Pilates as well as preparing myself for the next stage of teaching. At the same time, I have maintained my regular classes at the BASI Host Studio,  Cairns Pilates Barre.

Q. What are your Pilates goals?

I’m really looking forward to teaching Pilates and gaining knowledge and experience so that eventually I can travel and teach at the same time.

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

My favourite exercise is the Roll Up, as it took some time to master it. It taught me that patience and strength together made it possible to achieve.

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

I’m looking forward to a bright future in Pilates and being a part of this fantastic team of teachers/instructors and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you are interested in becoming a BASI Pilates instructor or studying the BASI Pilates Matwork program, 2020 dates are available now in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

Contact us to find out more.

Welcome BASI Pilates Melbourne


We are thrilled to announce the new BASI Pilates Melbourne host studio, Northside Pilates.

Melanie Karistianos is the owner of this beautiful boutique studio in the heart of Northcote, Victoria. She is very excited to be BASI Australia’s Melbourne host and is looking forward to hosting their first BASI  Comprehensive and Matwork programs early next year as well as some Advanced education workshops. Dates to come soon… In the meantime, here is Mel’s BASI story…

BASI Pilates Melbourne Host Studio

My BASI Pilates Story




Q. Tell us a bit about your Pilates background

My background is in Environmental Science so I am passionate about breaking down logic and discovering the “why”.

After spending a very short stint as an aerobics instructor in my early -20’s (yes, I may have worn a unitard….) I suddenly realised that even though I looked fit and strong I felt so weak and disconnected. It wasn’t until I was living in a small town in Suffolk (UK) that I discovered Pilates. My first few sessions brought so much awareness, I fell in love there and then.

Q. What is it about the BASI Pilates style of teaching that you like?

There is so much I like about the BASI Pilates style of teaching and it’s all underpinned by the systematic approach they have adopted. It provides instructors with such a knowledgeable platform to develop their personalised teaching style and the tools required to manage client needs.

Q. Where did your Pilates journey take you after your first course?

After I completed my course I continued to work in the science field and worked as a part-time instructor. I continued to develop my preferred teaching approach working with as many instructors as possible.

It wasn’t until 6 years later that I decided to open Northside Pilates which has not only opened doors to teaching amazing clientele and meeting brilliant instructors, it has also created opportunities to run our annual retreats in Thailand.

Q. Why did you decide to host the BASI courses at your studio in Melbourne?

I believe that those who have decided to commit their time and money to become a Pilates instructor should have the opportunity to complete a course that will provide them with the framework to become the best instructor they can. After watching how the industry has grown I realised that the Melbourne market needed a comprehensive course that has an international reputation for academic excellence, innovation, and exceptional value.

Q. What can Northside Pilates offer new BASI students studying for the first time?

Northside Pilates is the perfect Melbourne location. I created a space that leaves your distractions at the door and encourages you to focus within. It has been called a “sanctuary” many times as the high ceilings and timber floors give you a feeling of openness, space and tranquillity.  The studio is fully equipped with contemporary Pilates apparatus and all our instructors are diploma trained and our most senior BASI instructor (Aisling Harris) recognised as a Level 4 APMA. Students will have ready access to equipment for self-mastery and student teaching opportunities.

Q. The first course starts early 2019…What are you most looking forward to?

Watching our students discover how powerful a solid Pilates practise can be. To see them not only develop and apply the technical framework but to see them grow stronger within themselves as they progress through their self-mastery.

The BASI Pilates Melbourne courses are open for registration now. BASI Pilates Matwork and Comprehensive courses start on 12th April 2019. Please check the Melbourne host page for more details or contact us.

BASI Australia Directors visit BASI HQ

Jordanna Smith of BASI Pilates Australia with the team at BASI HQ

BASI Australia Directors visit BASI HQ

It’s been a busy few months at BASI Pilates Australia with BASI Pilates Comprehensive and Matwork courses and workshops taking place at our BASI Pilates host studios all around Australia.

Our BASI Faculty and  BASI Pilates Australia Directors, Shayne and Jordanna Smith have been super busy but managed to squeeze in a much anticipated visit the new BASI Headquarters in the USA.

Shayne had the opportunity to assist BASI Pilates founder, Rael Isacowitz in the Mentor program as well as present his newest BASI Advanced Education workshop – ‘Gait and its Common Deviations’. Staying true to the BASI Pilates ethos, ‘the teacher is always a student’,  Jordanna took two very special private lessons with BASI Pilates ‘wunda women’ Jennifer and Stella.

Jordanna wrote about her visit for the BASI HQ Blog. Here’s a little snippet…

Our Visit to BASI HQ !

June 2018 has been an extremely fast and fulling month of travel, visiting our favourite place for work and family fun.

There could be no other job that allows you to travel with your family, teach in a studio environment that feels like your still at home, meet new people from all over the world and of course be welcomed each and every time with open arms.

BASI HQ does just that !  Rael, Stella, Veronika, Kristen, Latoya, Tram and the whole team at HQ make our trips over to America from Australia so enticing . We are just spoilt. This year Shayne had the amazing opportunity to assist Rael in the Mentor program, along with presenting his newest workshop ‘Gait and its common deviations’ at BASI HQ.  Stepping into the new BASI studio is so breathtakingly beautiful, I am sure all those who have had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters can honestly say it really is the new home. It is the one place we all come to for the same reason, to learn, to listen, to reconnect, and to reignite the flame again.  Leaving our Pilates studio back home and stepping straight into another …honestly feels like it’s our home away from home.

Jordanna and Shayne Smith enjoying their time at BASI HQ

Read the full story 

If you are interested in becoming a BASI Pilates instructor, BASI Pilates Australia has Matwork and Comprehensive courses running throughout Australia with host studios in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Cairns and Melbourne coming soon.



BASI Pilates Certification comes to Perth for the first time!

BASI Australia is heading west and for the first time BASI Pilates® certified courses will be held in Perth. We are thrilled to be able to offer BASI Pilates teacher training courses to our Pilates lovers in Western Australia.

Perth BASI host studio owner Sayshie Poynton was introduced to BASI a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. She’s passionate about the BASI Pilates method and has an interesting BASI journey. Here is her BASI story…

rafters mind body where basi pilates courses are hosted

My BASI Pilates Story



Q. Tell us a bit about your Pilates background

My background is quite different from some – I come from a Veterinary Science background, worked in Perth Racing and for many years I was riding a lot of racehorses for training. After practising Pilates to help with my riding and a few injuries that I had sustained, I fell in love and the rest is history.

Q. When and why did you decide to study the BASI Pilates Comprehensive course?

I initially did an intensive training with another program, but I didn’t feel completely satisfied. I came across the BASI method through a few friends, and after taking some sessions with BASI faculty I decided it was the program that best represented my goals, ethos and my own teaching style so I decided to look into bridging to BASI through the Pro-Bridge.

Q. What was it about the BASI Pilates style of teaching that you liked?

I feel that these days Pilates has gone in two directions – one is very clinical, very in depth and can sometimes be so clinical and complex that it limits the method and clients stop moving completely in order to try and “correctly” get every little movement perfect.

Then on the other spectrum, it’s become a very “sweat, burn, must-kill-clients” sort of fitness style. Lots of planks and glutes, without the focus on correct technique and the intention and precision of movement is lost.

What I love about BASI is that it is intrinsic without limiting or inhibiting movement. It is still very therapeutic, but we strive to achieve the movements, alignment, engagement and precision without stopping flow and energy and clients walk away feeling invigorated and energised rather than physically fatigued or mentally frustrated.

Q. Where did your BASI journey take you after your first course?

After I finished the pro-bridge I was inspired to continue to learn and grow. All I want to do now is continue to be a student and become a better instructor.  I was lucky enough to be a student of Rael himself & Sheri Long who both are passionate, encouraging and a wealth of knowledge. I am forever grateful for this!

Whenever I can, I audit courses or take advanced workshops. Even if I’m auditing a course I’ve already taken, I ALWAYS learn something new and it is especially true when we get to experience it through different faculty.

Q. Why did you decide to host the BASI courses at your studio in Perth?

I am so passionate about BASI and what the company and program represents and how they strive to deliver the best Pilates education to people all over the world. I have truly benefited from the program and want other Pilates instructors to experience the BASI life!

Q. What can Rafters Mind Body Air offer new BASI students studying for the first time?

A welcoming, inviting, friendly place to study. We are here to learn, engage and guide our students in a friendly, humble manner. Even our long-term teachers are constantly learning and we love to share our knowledge with our students. We are not only a vibrant studio, but we are a community and we strive to be supportive for our students as they begin their BASI learning adventure!

Q. Tell us about your personal experience with the BASI Australia Faculty teaching team and what they can offer students?

WOW! I can’t express how lucky our students are to have 3 TOP CLASS faculty here to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. Jordanna, Shayne and Ed are truly exceptional and for them to be able to share their expertise with our students will be incredible. Our students are really very lucky, as this does not normally happen in other courses. Each has their own strengths and it will be great to be able to learn from all of them.

Q. The first course starts in June…What are you most looking forward to?

Meeting our new students! I’m excited to learn how they came to decide on such a world-class program and how they intend to use the knowledge they learn. I know already that some who have already registered are using the course for their own personal practice, and some to gain employment. I’m also sitting in on the course again, which will be my second time auditing (“forever a student” as Sheri once told me), so I’m super excited!

The Courses

The first BASI Pilates® Certification courses in Perth will be held at BASI host studio, Rafters Mind Body Air and commence Friday 15th June. All three BASI Australia faculty members will share delivery of the courses, offering a wealth of experience.

Read more about what’s involved in the full Comprehensive course and Matwork course.

Reserve your place today.