Thinking Pilates Podcast

A Podcast For The Curios + Innovative

A Different Way To Think About Teaching Pilates.

Welcome to the Thinking Pilates Podcast!

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.

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

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 […]

Ep 7: Following Orders – To Hinder or Inspire?

In this episode we continue talking about how the heart of the Pilates philosophy informs the way we teach specifically when and why we might choose to follow “traditional” or “original” orders or not. If you have a strong opinion about this topic, which most people do, you will get a lot out of our conversation. Is […]