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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?

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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...