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 PhysicalThinking.com 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 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, […]

Episode 12: Two Teachers Get REAL with SELF-PRACTICE

Conversation with two teachers about their experience working with resistance, self-doubt, self-care, and internal motivation in a recent round of the 28-day Fulfilled & Successful Pilates Teacher Online Course. If you need a little pick-me-up, want to know you’re not alone and are curious to learn more about how the 28-day course can actually impact […]

Ep 11: Developing Confidence Without Knowing All The Answers

In this episode of The Thinking Pilates Podcast Chantill and Debora explore creating space within teaching, space to be without all the answers and navigate the myriad challenges of teaching by developing a strong self-practice. Hear about how to cultivate self-reliance, ownership, personal responsibility, a dedication to develop yourself as a human being, to be […]

Ep 10: Stacey Mulvey: A Teacher’s Journey to Transformation, Change & Embodying The Practice

In this episode Chantill interviews recent TT graduate Stacey Mulvey who shares with us her journey to becoming a Pilates teacher that was not only surprising but life changing. Listen to Stacey’s story and find yourself, your struggles, fears, and successes in her experience – one that so many of us have shared. Learn more […]

Ep 9: Becoming a Teacher – Breakdowns, Breakthroughs, and Support Along The Way

In the next two episodes, Debora and I talk about the teacher training journey, where we can get held up, waylaid, thrown for a loop, lose our minds, and where and how we can support ourselves along the way. If you are in the midst of your TT or newly out of training, I think […]

Ep 8: The Power of Consistency – Creativity, Successful Learning & Safety

In this episode, The Power of Consistency – Creativity, Successful Learning & Safety, we welcome another special guest, Melissa Kakavas, educational director at Evolve Movement in Raleigh, NC. We continue the very rich and super cool topic of using the original Pilates orders as a framework for fostering creativity, successful development of us as teachers as well […]