Thinking Pilates Podcast

A Podcast For The Curios + Innovative

A Different Way To Think About Teaching Pilates.

Welcome to the Thinking Pilates Podcast!

A Different Way To THINK About Pilates.

Pilates is a mindset. Movement is a practice. Teaching is a relationship. We talk about it all. The Thinking Pilates Podcast is a fun, edgy, insightful, and relevant (slightly irreverent) conversation that will make ANY Pilates teacher — or yoga, or dance, or anyone who teaches movement — pause and reconsider how they do what they do. Join us as we probe the inner edges of the Pilates industry and the outer limits of movement science, psychology, art, mindfulness and more. We’re in search of how to be better humans through movement and the Pilates mindset. It’s a wild ride. Jump on!

Created by Chantill Lopez, founder of Skillful Teaching, and co-hosted by master teacher trainer and mentor Debora Kolwey, of the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, and master teacher and founder of and owner of Evolved Body Studio, James Crader.

Chantill Lopez
Chantill LopezCreator + Host
Debora Kolwey
Debora KolweyCo-creator + Co-host
James Crader
James CraderCo-host

S2 Ep 2: Grit + Tenderness w/ Brooke Thomas

“Tenderness may be the most powerful force in the Universe.” That’s a quote from our rockstar guest, Brooke Thomas. Join James and I as we get deep (squishy, yummy, raw, and real) with podcaster, Rolfer, movement educator, truth-seeker, and all around super cool chic, Brooke Thomas. Brooke is the co-creator of the podcast Bliss + […]

S2 Ep 1: Celebration!!!

It’s a whole new season and we are READY to CELEBRATE! In this first episode of Season 2, Debora, James and I go deep into the juicy, fuzzy, feel good realm of celebrating and what it means to celebrate our bodies, ourselves, our practices and just plain being alive. We have so many wonderful NEW things […]

Ep 47: Season 1 Debrief – We: The Movement

So…this episode is… Hilarious. Totally off the cuff. Insanely honest. Thoughtful. Profound. Goofy. Riddled with lots of juicy language. (Headphones?) And the three of us being exactly who we are hashing out all of the beautiful ideas that have infiltrated our conversations over the past (47 episodes, what?!) season. We talk about: Teaching fatigue The […]

Ep 46: Teacher Debrief – Raising the Volume {Part 2}

Here we are, our second installment of the Teacher Debrief. A little background if you missed Part 1: Originally Debora, James and I wanted to do a show that brought just the three of us back together to reflect on and unearth some of what we’d been talking about in the 4-5 most recent episodes. […]

Ep 45: Teacher Debrief – Raising the Volume {Part 1}

This was a very fun two-part series where we explored a new concept called the Teacher Debrief. Originally Debora, James and I wanted to do a show that brought just the three of us back together to reflect on and unearth some of what we’d been talking about in the 4-5 most recent episodes. Due […]

Ep 44: Trina Altman Deconstructed: Making Mistakes + Moving Free

A FULL HOUSE this episode, as Deborah, James, and I all talk to Trina Altman about her past in fashion and finance and her current path as a dynamic movement teacher who refuses (kindly) to be stuck in a tribe-mentality. From her infectious laugh (we like the effusive ones, they make the best drinking buddies […]

Ep 43: Where history, art, and potatoes collide – A lesson w/ Anula Maiberg

James and I are very, VERY excited to be sharing this latest episode of the TTP with you. It’s one of our funniest, most philosophical, intelligent, and wild episodes yet. I think we’ve done it; we’ve gotten everything we could possibly get out of a guest. AND Anula gives A LOT! Get to know her, […]

Ep 42: Self-Practice – The what, why & HOW (that eludes us)

Why should our students practice? And how do we get it to happen? Recent Facebook post: One of my favorite cohorts, Trinity Grace Minty, and I will be recording an in-depth conversation on self-practice, student autonomy, and self-efficacy tomorrow for the Thinking Pilates Podcast. We’d like to hear from you on how you work to cultivate these […]

Ep 41: Unraveling Pilates mythology with Wendy Leblanc-Arbuckle

What an absolute thrill it was to make this podcast! In episode 41 we are talking to Wendy Leblanc-Arbuckle, a dear and wonderful human being and a consummate contributor to the Pilates, yoga, and movement industries. If I were going to choose one way to describe Wendy it would be a movement astronaut; she’s not […]

Ep 40: Nikki Naab-Levy – A fresh conversation on “Body Diversity”

Nikki describes herself as a kind of interpreter of ideas in the movement community; someone who looks at all that’s out there and helps others make sense of it, how it fits, and how it supports us as movers and professionals who teach movement. When I was exploring Nikki’s website and podcast there was one […]