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Ashley Ritchie

Ashley is the founder of Body Mechanix Wellness Centre, primarily a Pilates Studio, situated in Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa. Ashley embodies over 15 years as a Pilates Practitioner, 23 years of RAD Ballet training and 7 years of dance instruction – all wrapped together by the natural enthusiasm she brings to her teaching.

Ashley entered Pilates studying the New York Method. In 2000 Rael Isacowitz became her mentor and inspiration, resulting in her certification as a BODY ARTS AND SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL Pilates Instructor in 2001. Body Mechanix Wellness Centre became the host studio for BASI Comprehensive and Mat Courses in 2003. Ashley began lecturing for BASI in 2005. In 2007 she first presented “Pilates Through Pregnancy” at the Learn from the Leaders Symposium in South Africa.

was not only her Pilates training that focused Ashley’s deep interest in her work on pregnancy. It was also her life. She celebrated her first baby in her 20’s, her second in her 30’s and her third in her 40’s. Providing her with unique insights and understanding of pregnancy and childbirth and its effects on the body, spanning three very different adult life phases.

Because the “Pilates Through Pregnancy” workshop has become the most popular and well attended BASI course in South Africa, Theo van der Riet Botha encouraged Ashley to take this program to USA HQ. As a result, it is now part of the BASI Advanced Education Program. The three day “Pilates Through Pregnancy and Beyond” has been presented in South Africa, Greece and Japan.

Ashley continues as BASI Faculty, presenting the CTTC and MTTC courses in South Africa, Bahrain, Indonesia and Japan. Always staying true to her mantra: “I do what I love and love what I do. What a blessing it is to be in a career that gives me the opportunity to share my passion and to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Body Mechanix / Johannesburg / www.bodymechanix.co.za

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