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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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 […]

Ep 6: Insights From The Inner Teacher – Do You Have One and Where Does it Lead You?

Special Guest: Studio Owner, Melissa Francis We all struggle. We all lose faith in what we do. We all search for purpose, a point of view, a philosophy. Chantill Lopez continues the discussion about the Pilates philosophy with Balanced Body faculty and studio owner Melissa Francis of Intelligent Exercise LLC in Ann Arbor Michigan. Hear […]

Ep 5: The Pilates Philosophy – Do You Really Know What It Is?

In our fifth episode of the Thinking Pilates podcast we tackle a large, deeply rich and inspiring topic about what the Pilates philosophy actually is and how teachers integrate it into their teaching, how we can educate other teachers and help them work from the philosophy more often. The podcast explores Joseph Pilates’ original texts and goes down […]

Ep 4: Two Simple Questions for Sustaining Confidence

In this episode Debora and I have a brief and rich conversation about what we can do to help us find some space in our heads and create calm and confidence in our teaching while we are in it as well as in the time between. Hear what we both have to say about creating awareness […]

Ep 3: Clearing The Clutter For More Effective Teaching

Part 3, the final part in our Introduction series. In this third section of our first episode we dive in to the topic of “clearing the clutter” from our heads in order to teach from a place of greater confidence, less self-doubt and more simplicity. We explore what kinds of clutter we can be plagued […]