Thinking Pilates Podcast

Welcome to the Thinking Pilates Podcast! A Different Way To Think About Teaching Pilates.

The Thinking Pilates Podcast is everything you wish you had as a professional Pilates teacher. We ask the hard questions and tackle the business, philosophy, and technique of teaching Pilates from cutting edge methodology to the psychology of relationships. Thinking Pilates is also a celebration of the art, science, and craft of teaching. Uncover exactly what you need to be an EXCEPTIONAL Pilates teacher, connect to a richer community, and thrive with purpose and passion.

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 Project Move University, owner of Evolved Body Studio, James Crader.





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Ep 33: How to break the rules – When questioning is the answer.

Today we proudly bring you episode 33 staring one of our new co-hosts, mentor and teacher, Trinity Minty. Even though we are technically one third of the way to 100 it somehow feels like this is still only our second episode. We’ve gotten so much wonderful feedback as a response to our new and improved […]

Ep 32: The Absolutely fabulous women of Primal Movement WORKS

Join me in this fantastic interview with the talented, funny, and successful band of mighty misfits, the founders of Absolute Center in Lafayette, CA: Claudia Moose, Katie Santos, and Louise Johns. In this episode you’re going to get a lot of laughs (that’s I think par for the course with us), get a ton of […]

Ep 30: Geeking out w/ Anna Hartman – Wow! What?! That’s AWESOME!

Welcome to our 30th podcast! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to give you a peek into one of the most curious and beautiful brains I’ve ever…met? gotten to know? had the pleasure of learning from? All of the above I suppose. Anna Hartman is kind of magical. She’s all heart […]

Ep: 29 – Digital Health Meet Joseph Quinn & Pilates Metrics

Big data and digital health meet Pilates. Pilates meet big data and digital health. Who’s responsible for this titillating and powerful introduction? Enter Joseph and Karine Quinn, owners of Real People Pilates in Berkeley, CA and founders of the new app for Pilates teachers by Pilates teachers – Pilates Metrics, launching NOW! Join me and […]

Ep 28: No Fucking Around – James Crader is the real deal

In all honesty, James Crader is one of the most exceptional teachers I’ve ever met (as can be seen by the fact that I’ve also written an article about him). I’m definitely nursing a teacher crush — no reason to deny it — that is based on more than our love of profanity (this podcast was […]

Ep. 27: When change hits the fan…discerning in the big picture.

If you ever struggle with UNCERTAINTY, or ever find yourself feeling UNCOMFORTABLE with NOT KNOWING — this is your podcast! I feel like I could say this EVERY time we do a show, but this one was really awesome! It’s the third in a continued conversation about how to be present and aware in our teaching […]

Ep. 26: From mimicry to original thought…How does it happen?

The path to taking your seat as a teacher. The evolution of the teacher within. How do you become the teacher you are, not the one you were trained to be? This is one our BEST PODCASTS to date! We have two wonderful teachers join the conversation and offer their perspective on when they really […]

Ep. 25: Missed Opportunities in Teaching – How to recognize and utilize pivotal opportunities for potent teaching

It happens to the best of us. We get in our own way. In this episode Chantill and Debora explore how we can get caught in our own agendas or lack of confidence and miss valuable opportunities to bring power and precision to our teaching. Whether you’re a new teacher focused on mastering complex choreography […]

Ep. 24: All About Eve Gentry

This is, what I’m sure will be, the first of several conversations with Debora Kolwey — our Thinking Pilates Podcast co-host — about one of her teachers and mentors, Eve Gentry. Our chat takes place right after Debora was a speaker on a panel at the PMA conference on Eve and her work. It’s a […]