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 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 […]

Ep 2: What Does it Mean to THINK Pilates?

Awake. Alive. And Inspired. Part 2 In this episode, which is actually part 2 of episode 1, Debora Kolwey and Chantill Lopez continue to explore our objectives and hopes for the podcast and talk a little about what it means to “think” Pilates. They look at teaching and practicing from the point of view of […]

Ep 1: Awake, Alive and Inspired. The Beginning.

Awake. Alive and Inspired. Introductions. The Thinking Pilates Podcast is a conversation and exploration of the rich layers of teaching Pilates beyond just technique. Author, mentor, coach and master teacher trainer Chantill Lopez, founder of,  along with master teacher trainer and mentor Debora Kolwey, of the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, take on topics […]

Ep 17: How To Use Story For More Powerful Teaching

With author of “Plus One – Finding God on the Yoga Mat” Cori Martinez In this podcast, we’re brining back an awesome interview with author and master yoga teacher trainer, Cori Martinez. Enjoy this unique take on framing and focusing your classes. It was such an amazing pleasure to have my dear friend, teacher, peer and […]