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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 PhysicalThinking.com and owner of Evolved Body Studio, James Crader.

Thinking Pilates Podcast Chantill Lopez, Debora Kolwey + James Crader

    • Health & Fitness

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 PhysicalThinking.com and owner of Evolved Body Studio, James Crader.

    Ep 72: Bringing Every Cell To Life

    Ep 72: Bringing Every Cell To Life

    Why should we care about embryology as movement educators? Why should we care if all of our cells are in a creative mode or not? Is there a history in us from the time of the moment of our making that can inform how we express our bodies today? Join me and Debora Kolwey with Body-Mind Psychotherapy creator, Susan Aposhyan, for this wonderful conversation that kicks off our final season.

    The way I define embodiment is on a cellular level. Cellularly we can be in a physiologically creative mode or be in more of a routine, somewhat shutdown, minimally functioning mode. It used to be that people were saying a lot of “I was my body, I was out of my body,” and I’d say it’s not that simple, that’s not helpful to reduce embodiment to a binary set of states. But if we think about it on a cellular level…out of our 37 trillion cells how many of those cells are in a creative mode and how many of them are in a habitual mode? That’s how I define embodiment. If you look at every other creature on the planet they’re hovering close to 90 percent to 100 percent of embodiment. In that sense embodiment means that whatever that is coming in to the organism, whether it’s material or immaterial, in the case of thoughts and perceptions, is processed with no holds barred, and then expressed out with no limitations. So there’s a free flow of energy. Stuff comes in and energy, behavior goes out. So for example you don’t see coyotes trying not to fart. It's just input output, input output… .That’s a very concrete way that we stop our embodiment, that we stop our physiological processing. We’re trying not to belch or fart or smell or sweat, but also we’re trying not to laugh or cry or express our pain or jump up and down if we’re in a classroom, or run away if somebody scares us. There’s so many ways we stop our embodied flow. And as adults we’ve learned how to do that. Human adults are unique really in their ability to put cells into a habitually fixed mode and leave them there for decades at a time. 
    Listen. Get quiet. Question what you know. Enjoy and share.


    More About Susan Aposhyan
    Susan considers her work a convergence of dance, psychology, meditation, Body-Mind Centering.
    Here are some of Susan's answers to her pre-interview questions...
    Q: What has been one of the most difficult challenges to overcome in your professional life?
    A: Division between physicality, psychology, and spirituality
    Q: What inspires you about the future of your profession / field?
    A: Unification
    Q: What worries or concerns you about the future of your profession / field?
    A: Rigidification
    Susan's webiste: Body Mind Psychotherapy
    Explore Susan's books: here

    Body-Mind PsychotherapyNatural Intelligence
    Find out where Susan is teaching: here


    Connect with Us
    Chantill - chantill@skillfulteaching.com + (707) 738-7951Debora - dkolwey@gmail.com James - j.crader@evolvedbodystudio.com
    Email us at thinkingpilatespodcast@gmail.com or use the form below.
    Like us on Facebook at The Thinking Pilates Podcast
    Leave us a review on iTunes.


    What We're Up To
    Chantill

    Enter the Vagus - Friday, Jan. 31 - Monday, Feb. 3rdSanta Barbara @ Aligned Pilates StudioA la carte options available for partial enrollmentWords Matter - Feb. 10th - April 12thOnline Writing + Verbal Cueing WorkshopJames

    Check out James' new website - JamesCrader.comLearn more about SOS

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    • 59 min
    Ep 71: Jill Miller

    Ep 71: Jill Miller

    The first question I wanted to ask Yoga Tune Up creator, Jill Miller, but didn't was how do you perceive your level of success?
    I didn't because there wasn't a natural opening that wouldn't have left you all feeling like "Why the hell is Chantill derailing this conversation".
    However...we DID talk about Korean natural gardening, bulimia, hip replacements, learning to walk, and many more strange and offbeat things that are sure to leave you feeling like you just watched a Wes Anderson movie. (Good thing.)
    How does someone who's made a life in movement and movement education hold kind and compassionate space for her own pain, dis-ease, recovery, and rehabilitation?
    It's a story I think will resonate with a lot of you.
    And in between we GEEK out on connective tissue, the vagus nerve (her starstruck moment with the man himself, Stephen Porges), current research, and being with people.
    It was a wonderful curiosity exclamation point to wrap our third and final (full) season.
    Read on. Listen. Enjoy. And be kind to yourself.

    In my 20s when I was researching my own disease, my bulimia, I came across of the work of the dr Michael Gershon and his findings on the enteric nervous system. That was the first time I ever learned anything about the vagus nerve and that the vagus was exclusively responsible for your digestion. I knew there must be a link for myself with the erraticness that I created with my disease and this relationship to my nervous system; the feedback that my organs must be giving to my brain via the vagus. This is something that was a quest and an inquiry for me a long time ago. More About Jill Miller
    Yoga Tune Up + Tune Up Fitness
    Find her on Instagram:
    @yogatuneup @tuneupfitness
    Facebook:
    @jillmillerfaust @TuneUpFitness
    Other interesting and relevant links:
    Dr. Michael Gershon on The Enteric Nervous System: A Second Brain
    Korean Natural Farming


    Connect with Us
    Chantill - chantill@skillfulteaching.com + (707) 738-7951James - j.crader@evolvedbodystudio.com
    Email us at thinkingpilatespodcast@gmail.com or use the form below.
    Like us on Facebook at The Thinking Pilates Podcast
    Leave us a review on iTunes.


    What We're Up To

    Join Chantill and James at Momentum Fest this coming June.Learn more and get your tickets HERE

    Our Episode Sponsor

    Momentum FestDenver, CO June 21-23
    Momentum Fest™ is a three day Pilates and movement celebration. Feed your body, mind and soul with empowering fitness classes, motivating conversations and uplifting connections. Momentum Fest 2019 will be held June 21-23 in Denver, CO. Join us as we laugh, breathe and move together.
    FOR ANYONE WANTING TO FIND THEIR TRUE STRENGTH
    Students, teachers, young, old, beginners, professionals – Momentum Fest is holding a place for you. All you need is a love of movement and a desire to live inspired.
    momentumfest.com

    The Science + Psychology of Teaching Master's Program
    Explore A Whole New Universe of Teaching (NEW Cohort Fall 2019)
    Dive in to critical areas of teaching NEVER before directly addressed in a full-length certification program: brain science + education, humanistic psychology, motivation science, Polyvagal Theory + more.

    FINALLY! Bring Something BIG to Life
    As a project-based program we’ll help you create the curriculum, workshop or research project you’ve been dreaming of; take the larger stage, make a bigger impact + experience a more rewarding and lucrative career. This is not just another teacher training!
     

    Intimate, Interactive, Challenging + Rewarding
    The Master’s Program is a HIGHLY INTERACTIVE process of learning + implementation that supports you every step of the way to immediately integrate what you learn. Get 1:1 coaching, LIVE group discussions, daily feedback and guidance + fantastic LIVE EVENT in California!
     
    Learn more HERE and get signed up for an upcoming Q + A Call and be eligible for t

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Ep 70: Anna Hartman - The Best of Us

    Ep 70: Anna Hartman - The Best of Us

    Anna Hartman is the best of us. She is deeply intelligent and unfailingly kind. She is generous, curious, willing, open, and creative. She cares about people in a way I've seen few others. This interview is a wonderful opportunity to experience the potential of brilliance infused with a willingness to be wrong.
    Meet my dear friend and colleague, the tinkerer, Anna Hartman.
    Listen. Delight. Smile. Feel inspired and alive and renewed.
    Pass it on.

    {My work as I see it is to} ultimately, get people to appreciate and love the act of critical thinking and exploring. And actually it’s funny to say it but return to the foundation of the scientific method, which is to have a hypothesis and try to prove it wrong, or prove it right. Not feel like a failure when it doesn’t work the way you thought it would, but feel like that’s just more information and go from there.In teaching people that…often times people watch me practice or watch me work with somebody or explain what I do and will say ‘Oh, it’s very intuitive.’ It is but it’s not.It’s just a curiosity for “Hey, what if I try this, what happens? What if I try this?" And if you boil that down it’s what we first learned in grade school when we were learning about the scientific method -- is that it’s okay to be wrong, in fact you’re probably always going to be wrong, and the beauty in it is proving it, is discovering…In the act of trying to prove it right or prove it wrong you’re going to discover more and more questions. More About Anna Hartman
    Anna Hartman AT, MS, ATC, CSCS(R), PMA-CPT(R) is an Athletic Trainer with 17 years of experience working with athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA, USTA, WTA, PGA, LPGA, NHL, MLS, and Olympic sports. Anna is also a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, comprehensively trained in Polestar Pilates, has completed a 200hr Vinyasa Yoga training, and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. For the past 6 years Anna has been studying and practicing The Barral Institute’s Visceral, Neural, Vascular, and Articular Manipulation techniques for assessment and manual therapy as well as exploring the integration of osteopathic philosophies within her movement, rehabilitation and performance methods. As an athletic training professional, she’s presented at world-class conferences such as the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium, and has been featured in on big-name fitness sites such as USA Today Sports, Women’s Running and ESPN, just to name a few. 
    Now, Anna is the Founder of MovementREV and utilizes manual therapy and movement working with professional athletes to restore and revitalize their body in order to enhance their performance, decrease their injury potential, and create space in their body and mind. Anna also consults with various professional athletes during their season, traveling on a regular basis to keep them healthy, moving well, and performing at a high level.
    MovementREV’s 6 month online group mentorship program for sports healthcare providers called: REVitalize offers a new, unique perspective for sports healthcare while providing long term support for assimilation of information into your work, helping you to be more efficient and effective in your practice so you can feel fulfilled, inspired, and successful and ultimately avoid burnout.
    Previously, Anna was the Director of Performance Physical Therapy at EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) where she worked for 11 years. When she’s not traveling, speaking, healing or teaching, you can find Anna close to the water with a margarita in-hand or taking even more movement and professional education classes. To find out more about Anna, go to www.movementrev.com. 

    Connect with Us
    Chantill - chantill@skillfulteaching.com + (707) 738-7951James - j.crader@evolvedbodystudio.com
    Email us at thinkingpilatespod

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 69: Sun, Skin and Soul

    Ep 69: Sun, Skin and Soul

    Out. Of. The. Box...And into the sun!
    Nadine Artemis (it's a name made in heaven), author of Renegade Beauty and Holistic Dental Care, and founder of the natural beauty and wellness elixir company Living Libations, joins James and I for a lively and insightful conversation about the sun, our skin, and our souls.
    It is sweet, eye-opening, fun, and in places startling -- in the "I'm smiling ear-to-ear because I can't quite believe what I'm hearing but I LOVE IT" kinda way.
    Listen and have your perspective on being more fully human (nurturing yourself and the environment you live in) cracked open just a little bit.
    Always pushing at the edges...
    Listen. Enjoy. Share. Get out in the sun without sunscreen for just 10 minutes!
    More About Nadine Artemis
    Founder of:
    Living Libations
    Author of:
    Holistic Dental CareRenegade Beauty

    Connect with Us
    Chantill - chantill@skillfulteaching.com + (707) 738-7951James - j.crader@evolvedbodystudio.com
    Email us at thinkingpilatespodcast@gmail.com or use the form below.
    Like us on Facebook at The Thinking Pilates Podcast
    Leave us a review on iTunes.



    What We're Up To

    Join Chantill and James at Momentum Fest this coming June.Learn more and get your tickets HERE


    Our Episode Sponsor

    The Science + Psychology of Teaching Master's Program
    Explore A Whole New Universe of Teaching (NEW Cohort Fall 2019)
    Dive in to critical areas of teaching NEVER before directly addressed in a full-length certification program: brain science + education, humanistic psychology, motivation science, Polyvagal Theory + more.


    FINALLY! Bring Something BIG to Life
    As a project-based program we’ll help you create the curriculum, workshop or research project you’ve been dreaming of; take the larger stage, make a bigger impact + experience a more rewarding and lucrative career. This is not just another teacher training!
     

    Intimate, Interactive, Challenging + Rewarding
    The Master’s Program is a HIGHLY INTERACTIVE process of learning + implementation that supports you every step of the way to immediately integrate what you learn. Get 1:1 coaching, LIVE group discussions, daily feedback and guidance + fantastic LIVE EVENT in California!
     
    Learn more HERE and get signed up for an upcoming Q + A Call and be eligible for tuition discounts not available any other time.


    Momentum FestDenver, CO June 21-23
    Momentum Fest™ is a three day Pilates and movement celebration. Feed your body, mind and soul with empowering fitness classes, motivating conversations and uplifting connections. Momentum Fest 2019 will be held June 21-23 in Denver, CO. Join us as we laugh, breathe and move together.
    FOR ANYONE WANTING TO FIND THEIR TRUE STRENGTH
    Students, teachers, young, old, beginners, professionals – Momentum Fest is holding a place for you. All you need is a love of movement and a desire to live inspired.
    momentumfest.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 68: Debora Kolwey Returns!

    Ep 68: Debora Kolwey Returns!

    The point about curiosity is to be able to be okay with not knowing. If we cultivate the capacity for this -- and this comes from the listening -- we can actually be experiencing and appreciate our present moment reality, vs. the insistence on strategizing, fixing, etc. Then there is openness and even wonder and delight in our curiosity. -- Debora Kolwey

    Curiosity can mean more than one thing?
    Curiosity can influence different states of being...free or stuck?
    What does it mean to listen?
    WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SPACE WE LEAVE WHEN WE STOP TALKING?
    Mmmm....this was such a heartfelt, thoughtful, and deeply rich conversation with our podcast mama, Debora Kolwey. I'm so glad we got to have her back on the show and even gladder ;) to be able to share her beautiful insights with all of you.
    If you like our vibe, don't miss the upcoming opportunity to be with us both in Vancouver (ish) BC this April (April 27th - 29th). Get the details below on this wonderful retreat: Pilates Beyond Boundaries.
    But for now...
    Listen. Soak it up. Get curious. And love the love that is Debora Kolwey!


    Connect with Us
    Chantill - chantill@skillfulteaching.com + (707) 738-7951James - j.crader@evolvedbodystudio.com
    Email us at thinkingpilatespodcast@gmail.com or use the form below.
    Like us on Facebook at The Thinking Pilates Podcast
    Leave us a review on iTunes.


    What We're Up To
    Come learn with Chantill in 2019:April - Humani Pilates, Sacramento, CA April 6th 12 - 6 pm, A New Path to Shoulder Health Kalijo Pilates, Sunshine Coast, BC (4-day retreat with Debora Kolwey)Pilates Beyond Boundaries, April 26-29May - Virginia/DC studio crawlMichigan - Details TBD
    Join Chantill and James at Momentum Fest this coming June.Learn more and get your tickets HERE

    Our Episode Sponsor

    The Science + Psychology of Teaching Master's Program
    Explore A Whole New Universe of Teaching (NEW Cohort #2 2019 Begins in May)
    Dive in to critical areas of teaching NEVER before directly addressed in a full-length certification program: brain science + education, humanistic psychology, motivation science, Polyvagal Theory + more.

    FINALLY! Bring Something BIG to Life
    As a project-based program we’ll help you create the curriculum, workshop or research project you’ve been dreaming of; take the larger stage, make a bigger impact + experience a more rewarding and lucrative career. This is not just another teacher training!
     

    Intimate, Interactive, Challenging + Rewarding
    The Master’s Program is a HIGHLY INTERACTIVE process of learning + implementation that supports you every step of the way to immediately integrate what you learn. Get 1:1 coaching, LIVE group discussions, daily feedback and guidance + fantastic LIVE EVENT in California!
     
    Learn more HERE and get signed up for an upcoming Q + A Call and be eligible for tuition discounts not available any other time.


    Momentum FestDenver, CO June 21-23
    EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 15TH!
    Momentum Fest™ is a three day Pilates and movement celebration. Feed your body, mind and soul with empowering fitness classes, motivating conversations and uplifting connections. Momentum Fest 2019 will be held June 21-23 in Denver, CO. Join us as we laugh, breathe and move together.
    FOR ANYONE WANTING TO FIND THEIR TRUE STRENGTH
    Students, teachers, young, old, beginners, professionals – Momentum Fest is holding a place for you. All you need is a love of movement and a desire to live inspired.

    momentumfest.com

    • 1 hr
    Ep 67: Growing Young - A Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen Experience

    Ep 67: Growing Young - A Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen Experience

    There may be words somewhere, at some point, but I'm not quite sure what they are. 
    James and I, along with two of our most beloved colleagues, Claudia Moose and Louise Johns, recently spent 4 days in Berkeley, CA with the soulful Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. The topic of our time with her: Engaging Self and Other Through Embodiment. Phew. Yes. What? Shaking. My. Head. Head in hands. Tears. Knowing. Not knowing. 
    This is one of our many "download", WTF just happened/is happening, could this be any more strange and amazing, conversations. This...is what happens when you find yourself in the right place at the right time being drawn into yourself, into others, and into the force that is your life NOT separate from everything and everyone else. 
    Listen. Period. 
    Then get your ass in a seat in front of this woman. xo

    "I don't know. I don't have the answer. Fortunately, I don't need to know." -- March 2019"One of the things I think is essential with sensing, is that we reach a point where we become conscious and then we let it go, so that the sensing itself is not a motivation; that our motivation is action, based on perception." CQ, Winter 1981"Cellular embodiment and awareness is a state in which all cells have equal opportunity for expression and receptivity. The structure is one of an open forum, in which all cells share the power of the group collective (tissue, organ, body) by embodying their present state of being. This does not mean that all cells are the same. It means they are each totally free to state their mind and to support and respond to the experiences and expressions of all the other cells within their present community of cells." 1988
    Be drawn into...yourself. Rest. Allow. Listen. Be...still. Smile.
    More About Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
    There's just too much to say. So, here ya go:

    About BonnieAbout BMCBody-Mind CenteringBooks and Videos

    Connect with Us
    Chantill - chantill@skillfulteaching.com + (707) 738-7951James - j.crader@evolvedbodystudio.com
    Email us at thinkingpilatespodcast@gmail.com or use the form below.
    Like us on Facebook at The Thinking Pilates Podcast
    Leave us a review on iTunes.


    What We're Up To

    Come learn with Chantill in 2019:March - Village Pilates, Chicago (Mentoring Salon and workshops)April - Humani Pilates, Sacramento, CA April 6th 12 - 6 pm, A New Path to Shoulder Health Kalijo Pilates, Sunshine Coast, BC (4-day retreat with Debora Kolwey)Pilates Beyond Boundaries, April 26-29May - Virginia/DC studio crawlMichigan - Details TBD
    Join Chantill and James at Momentum Fest this coming June.Learn more and get your tickets HERE

    Our Episode Sponsor

    The Science + Psychology of Teaching Master's Program
    Explore A Whole New Universe of Teaching (NEW Cohort #2 2019 Begins in May)
    Dive in to critical areas of teaching NEVER before directly addressed in a full-length certification program: brain science + education, humanistic psychology, motivation science, Polyvagal Theory + more.

    FINALLY! Bring Something BIG to Life
    As a project-based program we’ll help you create the curriculum, workshop or research project you’ve been dreaming of; take the larger stage, make a bigger impact + experience a more rewarding and lucrative career. This is not just another teacher training!
     

    Intimate, Interactive, Challenging + Rewarding
    The Master’s Program is a HIGHLY INTERACTIVE process of learning + implementation that supports you every step of the way to immediately integrate what you learn. Get 1:1 coaching, LIVE group discussions, daily feedback and guidance + fantastic LIVE EVENT in California!
     
    Learn more HERE and get signed up for an upcoming Q + A Call and be eligible for tuition discounts not available any other time.


    Momentum FestDenver, CO June 21-23
    Momentum Fest™ is a three day Pilates and movement celebration. Feed your body, mind and soul with empowering fitnes

    • 45 min

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