Our Teachers

Rachel Mor - Owner

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Rachel has

been practicing yoga

and meditation since the 1970's.

She studied in California with the Hanuman Fellowship guided by Baba Hari Dass and the teachers at the Mount Madonna Yoga center. She first began teaching yoga to high school students in 1978.

 

Rachel is certified in both Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. Rachel is a Reiki Master and a level III Reconnection healer. She is also a wife, mother of 3 and a lawyer. Yoga makes her attempts at balancing her life possible.

 

Her intention for the yoga studio is to offer a space where people may be assisted in their journey to find peace and illumination

of their inner light.

Rachel Mor - Owner

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Emily Naifeh - Manager

My name is Emily Naifeh and I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with over 300 hours of training. I took my first yoga class at 3rd Street Yoga Studio 10 years ago and immediately felt at home. 3rd street has gotten me through many moons and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to teach for and manage the studio. My favorite part about teaching yoga is being present for others. I love being able to bring more peace to people's lives! Whether you are practicing yoga for mental, physical, or spiritual health- I am here to hold space for you. In my classes, I love to combine lots of playful sequences while still encouraging you to intuitively move using your deep yogic breathing. Currently I am teaching a beginner's yoga class, and I encourage all students whether we are flowing or doing a restorative sequence to use ALL the props to find what feels best! When I'm not teaching I love hosting Yoga Community Circles, hiking with my family, painting, running after my two kiddos, and camping. Mother Earth is my playground and I am so happy to be on this planet doing Yoga with you! ~Namaste~

Name: Kelly MerkPope

Training: 

  • Yoga Teacher 250 hour training at YogaLife Institute (PA)

  • Yin Yoga Training

  • Child Yoga Training 

  • Yoga Therapy training 

  • Usui Reiki Master Practitioner 

  • Kundalini Reiki Master

  • Karuna Reiki Master

What I do in the Studio:

Yin Yoga instructor, Yoga therapy/private sessions, Manager

Experience:

College is when I started taking my yoga practice seriously so by the time I graduated college I knew that I wanted to be a yoga instructor and bring the inner peace I felt to others so I did my research and found YogaLife Institute. I did my four years of training there and have been teaching private sessions for 3 years now and classes for 2 years now. :) My teaching style is based on holding space for you to have your own experience and noticing what is coming up within your mind, body and spirit through your practice. When I walked into 3rd Street Yoga after moving to OK I felt home and knew that is where I was supposed to practice and teach and hold space for myself and others. :)

When I am not in the studio I am...

a PreK Special Education Teacher, wife and a chinchilla mom

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Kelly Merk - Manager

Alex got her 200HR Yoga Teacher Certification in 2014 at Grassroots Yoga Studio in Albuquerque, NM and also holds a certification in PIYO, a combination of yoga, pilates and cardio for endurance and strength training. Alex's classes focus on affirmations and intentions to create positive thinking, space and energy that creates an atmosphere to help deepen individuals practices both mentally, physically and spiritually. "it's not about the most advanced yoga posture you can do, it's about trying new things, continuing to try new things and conquering new obstacles".

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Lisa has been practicing yoga since 1999 and started practicing at 3rd Street Yoga in 2003. She started a regular yoga practice after the birth of her children finding that with a regular yoga practice she had much less pain with her neck and back as well as finding a great sense of peace and calm. Lisa finished her 200 hour RYT teacher training with Karen Prior-Samatva Yoga in June of 2009. She finished the program with over 280 hours of training. Lisa teaches Samatva, to find your inner state of harmony and balance. Contact her for private lessons or pelvic floor evaluations. 405.503.7522

Lisa Hashemi

Yoga at Home

I found yoga because I have scoliosis and back pain. I stayed because of the spirituality- I transformed my life into one that I love living. I’ve been teaching yoga since 2005. 

Kristi Roy