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 23: Special Edition #2 – What it Really Means to Teach From Within

This is the second special edition episode where you get to hear an honest and revealing conversation with teachers who’ve just completed 30 days of dedicated self-practice. These episodes are SO worth listening to. Gain insight and inspiration from other teachers who are putting in diligent and dedicated work to understand their motivation to practice […]

Ep 22: Special Edition – Practice. Working in Real Life.

The next two episodes of the Thinking Pilates Podcast are a special addition to our series. They are both candid conversations I recently had with teachers and students about the realities of self-practice, what it is supposed to look like, and how to maintain it. This is a frequent theme on our show, however these episodes […]

Ep 21: Zen and the Art of Teaching with Tom McCook

Tom McCook is one of my all time favorite teachers not only to study with but to just be near. There are those rare people who you gravitate toward as if they were pulling you into their orbit – that is Tom. Learn how this deeply calm, compassionate and inquisitive teacher builds his teaching foundation. […]

Ep 19: Pilates, Healthcare and Mentors with Dr. Suzanne Martin

In this podcast interview Dr. Suzanne Martin talks about her work and how she got where she is: a master Pilates teacher with a Ph.D. in physical therapy. We also chat about what inspires her to keeping pushing Pilates as a means of healing and a potential alternative to traditional healthcare. It was very cool to […]

Ep 18: How The Pilates Philosophy Will Help You Not Be Afraid To Ask For Money

This brief recording is an exploration of how, by knowing, understanding, and integrating the Pilates philosophy we can more easily and authentically guide our students down a direct path to practicing with us. Learn what you can do to get more comfortable with selling what you do simply by getting excited and being honest about […]

Ep 16: Bridging The Disconnect – Working With Scoliosis & Osteoporosis

This interview was one of the BEST I’ve done! I loved Lindy Royer from the moment we met (sounds like the beginning of a love story 😉 at the Balanced Body Faculty training many years ago. She’s got spunk. She’s smart, thoughtful, and no-nonsense. She sees her students as whole and gets straight to the […]

Ep 15: The First Conversation With Master Teacher Debora Kolwey

Listen to an inspiring, intelligent, informative conversation that will spark your desire to be better at what you do and reassure you that you are not alone. Meet master teacher Debora Kolwey of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Co. She’s thoughtful, intelligent, and been in the biz for a freakin’ long time! She has something […]

Ep 13: SPECIAL EPISODE! The Origins of Pilates Part 1 – Don’t miss this!

The Thinking Pilates Podcast is about providing you with awesome content about Pilates, the method itself and how to teach it, what it’s like to be a teacher and how we can EXCELL at teaching as a craft. That’s why from now on I’m giving you access to TONS of the most awesome interviews, workshops, […]