Naphtali began taking ballet at age 4 in Southern California and has continued her study and love of dance throughout her life. Her passion for dance took her to Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi; where she received a B.A. in Biblical Studies and minor in dance. There she was first introduced to Pilates. Pilates has helped her find a deeper mind-body connection, heal and prevent injuries, and took her dancing to the next level. After graduating, she continued on with her practice of Pilates, when she moved to Houston, Texas to dance with Psophonia Dance Company. She became certified in Pilates Mat in 2004 and Pilates Reformer through Balance Body University in 2008. She taught dance and Pilates throughout the Houston area and at River Oaks Pilates, LP since 2006.
Her passion for fitness and extensive experience in movement arts influences her teaching style greatly. She loves teaching a challenging and flowing class that helps clients find strength and a deeper connection with their bodies. Naphtali moved to Seattle with her husband in 2009. She began teaching Pilates at Maya Whole Health, the downtown YMCA and Vera Fitness. Naphtali also teaches fusion fitness classes and Above the Barre. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge of Pilates, combining dance and movement, fitness and whole health in her classes. Naphtali has continued her training in the other Pilates apparatus through Vitality Pilates. Since moving to Seattle, she has been dancing with Karin Stevens Dance Company, DanceJENKINSDance, Elizabeth Mendana Productions, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, and MaryAnn McGovern and dancers.