Rael Isacowitz is the founder and director of Body Arts and Science International Pilates (BASI Pilates®).
He is an innovator and has left an indelible mark on the universal practice of Pilates, ranging from the BASI® Block System, a unique method of categorizing Pilates exercises devised by Rael, to the game-changing Avalon®
line of equipment.
Born in South Africa and educated in Israel and England, Rael has a Bachelor of Education degree and teaching credentials from Israel's prestigious Wingate Institute,
and a Master of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Surrey, England.
His early Pilates teachers included Alan Herdman
, and several of the first-generation Pilates teachers who are commonly known as the Elders. To Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, Romana Kryzanowska, Eve Gentry
and Lolita San Miguel
, Rael owes a debt of gratitude for the inspiration and friendship that have guided his career.
Through Rael’s unstinting efforts, BASI Pilates®,
as it is commonly known, has developed into one of the foremost Pilates education organizations in the world. It is currently represented in 20 countries and over 100 locations and has a select faculty of over 30 highly-qualified teachers. Rael has authored the definitive book on Pilates
(Pilates, Human Kinetics) and Pilates Anatomy
. He has published a series of Movement Analysis Workbooks on all the Pilates apparatus, produced DVDs
and created Pilates Interactive™,
a groundbreaking online Pilates resource. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and a highly sought-after teacher and lecturer at Pilates forums around the world including Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour
. He is also a mentor in the Passing the Torch
Rael balances his Pilates life with windsurfing, snowboarding and as a devoted dad to Elan and husband to Adelle.