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Sondra Karman, with more than 30 years of experience, offers her clients the highest standard of movement training. With a keen eye for the body, she is dedicated to your individual needs and helping guide and strengthen your body and movements so you can harness the most powerful strength of all—the power of the mind. Every time you leave her studio you are not only stronger in body but believe more in yourself.

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“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”

Joseph Pilates

BASI (Body Arts and Science International) is dedicated to remaining true to art, to science, and most importantly true to Joseph and Clara Pilates. With a reputation for innovation and academic excellence, BASI strives to provide the most comprehensive Pilates education experience and education resources available.

The repertoire of Sondra and her instructors is based on the BASI Block System, devised by BASI founder, Rael Iscaowitz. The Block System is a special system where exercises are categorized in a logical sequence that ensures the progressive structuring of classes within a flexible framework.

This progression allows for full-body workouts that are balanced, well-rounded, and address all planes of movement and multiple muscle groups. Exercises are personalized to each individual at every level—the Block System allowing for tailoring based on specific needs or restrictions.

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BASI Pilates Academy, Chicago Team

Sondra Karman

Owner &  Senior Faculty with BASI Pilates

Sondra Karman, Senior Faculty for BASI Pilates, comes to Pilates with an extensive background in movement and physicality.  A professional classical ballet dancer for over 30 years, Sondra strived to maintain strength for performing with maintenance for a lifetime of physical health.  Pilates seemed a perfect match for those requirements. “I felt that Pilates had the inner sense of yoga and dance, but it also had the physicality of a conventional workout. Pilates develops the musculature; coordination, flexibility, and strength, and uses resistance in creative ways,” said Rael Isacowitz, founder of BASI Pilates.

Sondra began her Pilates training and teaching in the Classical method of Pilates, first in New York and then in Europe. Returning to America, and trying to stay current with medical findings and advances, she found her way to the Contemporary method of Pilates; taking Joseph Pilates foundation of exercises and complementing them with up-to-date scientific knowledge.  Sondra’s background in Dance Medicine Therapy has helped her to work with a varied clientele: professional athletes, those with arthritis, pre and post-surgery, golfers, scoliosis, and those desiring to be more fit and maintain better health and posture.

Jovana Novoselski

Senior INSTRUCTOR with BASI Pilates

Jovana’s love for Pilates came as a natural flow from Latin and traditional dancing in early childhood. For the shy little girl, the movement was the only way to express herself, her feelings, and thoughts, without saying a word. Jovana knew that the world of movement would be her world.  Around the same time, Jovana moved to Belgrade, Serbia, pursuing a degree in Nutrition, she heard about Pilates. Jovana began practicing it and has enjoyed the experience of it ever since. She is a certified Comprehensive BASI Pilates instructor, MK Pilates instructor, for both mat and equipment. She has also completed coursework for Booty Barre, Iyengar Yoga, and bodyART school by Robert Steinbacher.

She attended many workshops for pre/postnatal clients, Male clients, Osteoporosis, Hypermobility, Scoliosis, Gait analysis. Jovana moved to Chicago in June 2017. Her commitment and constant inspiration to improve her knowledge come from the people she trains. During her movement sessions, she is trying to achieve what her first dance teacher had done for her: offer support in a form of baby steps that eventually turn into large steps for an individual. Her goal is to enjoy this journey and infuse joy in others along the way.

Julie Ruxton

Senior INSTRUCTOR with BASI Pilates

Julie received a bachelors degree in finance from Marquette University and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from Illinois Institute of Technology.  In 2000, Julie discovered Pilates, and she found that incorporating Pilates into her workout routine not only made her feel stronger, but it also helped her develop a better connection to her body.  After a rewarding career in the corporate space, Julie realized that she wanted to share the benefits of Pilates with others and has taught Pilates (private, duet, group and mat) since 2017.  She earned her comprehensive certification from Body Arts and Science International, and has continued to regularly attend continuing education workshops.  She has worked with post-rehab clients, triathletes, and those seeking to find new strength and deepen their mind/body connection.

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