About the creator
Chantill Lopez, CPT
Coach, Mentor, Master Teacher, Teacher Trainer
“What greater, more humbling journey is there than to be a teacher? Outside of being a parent, I can’t think of one. Teaching not only demands paying attention with your whole being, but that you reflect, grow and investigate beyond what the non-teacher may be willing to endure. It is a life of humility, curiosity, learning and missteps, but one that nothing else matches. If what I have gleamed from the amazing teachers I’ve known can be shared, I hope it is of as much value as it has been to me.”
Learn more about Pilates Collective, the studio Chantill co-founded in Sebastopol, CA and where she currently resides as the Director of Education and Mentoring.
Who am I? Good question…
At heart I’m a creative entrepreneur. In practice I’m a teacher of teachers and a writer. For more than 15 years I have taught Pilates, yoga, dance, meditation and other movement modalities to a complex variety of folks. During this time I’ve also had the opportunity to join the Balanced Body Faculty as well as develop an in-depth year-long mentoring program.
These days I am both in the studio teaching advanced workshops to long-loved students and out of the studio working on my second book on teaching. I am honored to be a contributor to Pilates Digest, Pilates-Pro, Pilates Tree, Elephant Journal and the BB Coreterly newsletter as well as the author of “Moving Beyond Technique: How To Nurture Your Passion, Master Your Craft, and Create a Thriving Pilates Business.”
My current focus is on building and refining the Skillful Teaching mentoring program so teachers around the world have access to thoughtful, inspiring, and continuing support no matter where they are on their teaching path. Later this year the 12-month program will be available for other studios to implement on their own and in a way that resonates with their teaching vision.
Building relationships with teachers who want to be unabashedly amazing at what they do — teachers who want to move beyond the clockwork pieces of technique and blow the top off their potential – is what excites me most about my work and keeps me inspired.
My History: I hold Pilates certifications from the PhysicalMind Institute and Body Kinetics with Master Teacher Carol Appel. I am also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling and have continued to study methods such as yoga, Feldenkrais, the Franklin Method, Authentic Movement, and the Halprin Life/Art Process. Over the years I’ve also trained in the Walkilates method as well as obtained certificates in Pilates for Golf. I am a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT).
Admittedly, I am also an anatomy geek — with more than 600 hours of anatomy under my belt — and spend many, many weekends in front of yoga and Pilates teachers examining why knowing “why” the body does what it does is likely one of the single most important skills we can develop over time. Currently I offer Functional and Experiential Anatomy courses all over California and online.
My path has been laid in part by my amazing mentor, Carol Appel, and the many teachers that have inspired me to not be just a good teacher — but instead an exceptional one: Amy Taylor Alpers, Elizabeth Larkam, Nora St. John, Tom McCook, and Cori Martinez to name just a few.
My Foundation: I am supported by my loving family, the most tortured of whom are my husband Carlos and our 8-year-old son Charlie. We recently welcomed a new baby girl, Cydney, into our lives…just to make things more exciting!
My Teaching Philosophy: Be real. Don’t fake it. Be able to say I don’t know. Laugh at myself. Extend compassion to myself and my students. Enter in fully, every time, ready or not.