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

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 […]

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 […]