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Ep 11: Developing Confidence

By on Aug 11, 2015 | 0 comments

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 more comfortable with uncertainty, and to be compassionate with oneself all through SELF-CARE & SELF-PRACTICE. This is the third in a trio of podcasts on this topic…and it just keeps getting more awesome! http://skillfulteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ThinkingPilatesPodcastMarch19.15band.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

Ep 10: Stacey Mulvey

By on Aug 10, 2015 | 0 comments

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 about how she embraced and embodied the method through physical practice, faced her fears, and learned to fake it to become it – to become a thoughtful, dedicated, and powerful teacher. http://skillfulteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Ep.6TStaceyMulvey.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

Ep 9: Breakdowns, Breakthroughs, and Support Along the Way

By on Aug 9, 2015 | 0 comments

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 you are really going to enjoy this show. We explore some cool ideas about how to “bring into the light” the challenges you may face, preparing, enlisting help and support, and what it means to stay committed to the path of being a teacher. We are also looking for three types of teachers who would be interested in adding to this conversation: Those who are are just out of TT Those who are 1-5 years out of their TT And those teachers who are 5 years or more out of their TT We are very interested in what you would say about the process of becoming a teacher, how it took shape during your TT and after, who...

Ep 8: The Power of Consistency

By on Aug 8, 2015 | 0 comments

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 as our students, and how they either allow us to keep our students safe or not… You won’t want to miss this! Also, below you’ll see a comment from a teacher, educator, and high-level athletic trainer, Anna Hartman. She shares her thoughts on working with the orders. Please feel free to leave your comments and feedback as well!   Thoughts from our listeners:   Hi Chantill, This is a great discussion. So many great points. In my own practice, which is as a certified...

Ep 7: Following Orders: To Hinder or Inspire?

By on Aug 7, 2015 | 0 comments

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 there inherent value in following a framework, having a clear and predetermined system to guide your choices? Does this hinder or inspire GREATER CREATIVITY? Or does it squelch it? I think you’ll be surprised at what we uncover. Or maybe you won’t, but it’s JUICY and INSPIRING, so… What are you waiting for?   http://skillfulteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ThinkingPilatesPodcast4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

EP 6: The Inner Teacher: Do You Have One?

By on Aug 6, 2015 | 0 comments

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 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 what Melissa has to say about how she teaches from and lives from a trust in the method and it’s purpose as well as how following A PHILOSOPHY has informed some of her biggest decisions. http://skillfulteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ThinkingPilatesPodcastPhilosophyMFrancis.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

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

By on Aug 5, 2015 | 0 comments

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 the rabbit hole — just a little — of classic, original, contemporary etc. What does it all mean? Why the hell do we care? Should we? And if we do, are we actually using the philosophy in a consistent and meaningful way?   http://skillfulteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ThinkingPilatesPodcast3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

Ep 4: Two Simple Questions for Sustaining Confidence

By on Aug 3, 2015 | 0 comments

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 by asking ourselves simple questions and doing some honest reflecting. This is truly a case where a little goes a long, long way. http://skillfulteaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ThinkingPilatesEp.2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android |...

Ep 3: Clearing The Clutter

By on Aug 3, 2015 | 0 comments

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 with as teachers and what we might do to combat it. 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 SkillfulTeaching.com,  along with master teacher trainer and mentor Debora Kolwey, of the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, take on topics like: building confidence, the philosophy of teaching, the importance of personal practice and self-inquiry, student-centered teaching and empathetic coaching, how to build healthy...

Ep 2: Awake. Alive. And Inspired. Part 2

By on Aug 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Awake. Alive. And Inspired. Part 2 What does it mean to THINK Pilates? 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 being present and focused, in the moment, and aware of how the body shifts and changes endlessly.   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 SkillfulTeaching.com,  along with master teacher trainer and mentor Debora Kolwey, of the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, take on topics like: building confidence, the philosophy of teaching, the importance of personal practice and...

Ep 1: Awake. Alive. And inspired.

By on Aug 1, 2015 | 1 comment

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 SkillfulTeaching.com,  along with master teacher trainer and mentor Debora Kolwey, of the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, take on topics like: building confidence, the philosophy of teaching, the importance of personal practice and self-inquiry, student-centered teaching and empathetic coaching, how to build healthy student-teacher relationships, and how to balance the demands of work and life without burnout. You will also find interviews with teachers from around the world chatting with Chantill about ALL the under-emphasized missing links that Pilates teachers are dying to hear more about. Listen and go deeper. You are sure to learn something...

S2 Ep1: Celebration!

By on Dec 7, 2017 |

It’s a whole new season and we are READY to CELEBRATE! In this first episode of Season 2, Debora, James and I go deep into the juicy, fuzzy, feel good realm of celebrating and what it means to celebrate our bodies, ourselves, our practices and just plain being alive. We have so many wonderful NEW things in store for you in season 2 including new music (thank you Joseph Quinn of Pilates Metrics for lending us your musical talents), a new (updated) website — thinkingpilates.com — which is SO close to being ready for you :), a new sassy logo (also almost ready ;), new ways to support us (if you love us) including sponsorships, and more ways to get involved with the podcast and the three of us. But…let’s stick to what’s most important and that’s this wonderful podcast. We hope you love it. We’re sure you will. Listen all the way through...