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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.
Eduard Botha is an accredited BASI Pilates instructor, with over a decade of Pilates teaching experience. Prior to taking up Pilates, he was a Martial Arts instructor and a certified personal fitness trainer from the Exercise Teachers Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a certified Russian Kettlebells trainer. Ed currently teaches Pilates at edb Pilates, his beautiful studio overlooking Camps Bay beach, Cape Town. He also owns a boxing gym in Cape Town, catering to ‘white collar’ boxing enthusiasts.
Tash embarked on a career in Pilates after graduating with honours in the Cecchetti Ballet and IDTA Modern Dance methods in 2000. Tash studied the BASI Pilates® method directly under Rael Isacowitz and was qualified as a BASI Instructor in 2001.
Through teaching Pilates I feel inspired knowing that I not only make a difference to my students but also within myself. The different dynamic of each individual allows me to educate the students about what I have learned and make them enjoy the instruction.
I have a deep passion for the Pilates method, specifically the BASI approach and all it embodies. To me it is about more than just teaching Pilates as an exercise form, I believe it should be integrated into all areas of one’s life and that everyone can benefit from its teachings.