Our Teachers

Rachel Lawrence Mor

Studio Owner


I was born in Oklahoma. Both sides of my family came to Indian Territory in the 1860’s. They were teachers, doctors and saddle makers. I assume they were seeking to find their place in the world and a good life. Me too. I am a mother, wife, lawyer and yoga student.

I  began practicing yoga and meditation in 1971 because I really needed it. I had panic attacks which were making my life small. I had difficulty living within my body and mind.  With the urging of my brother, I moved to California and studied with yoga master Baba Hari Dass, who with the Hanuman Fellowship, created the wonderful  Mount Madonna Yoga Center.

I began teaching yoga to high school students in 1978. When I began to practice yoga, I don’t recall that we put names to a particular practice. In any event, I have studied Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Restorative, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra.  I intend to continue to deepen my yoga practice.  I do yoga and meditation today because I still really need it

Certified Yoga Instructors at oldest Yoga studio in Oklahoma

Emily Naifeh

Studio Manager

My name is Emily Naifeh and I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. 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. 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 yoga classes, I love hosting Yoga Community Circles, hiking with my family, running, playing with my two kiddos, and exploring the world.  ~Namaste~

Contact me for private lessons or questions at Emnaifeh@gmail.com.

Name: Kelly MerkPope

Training (over 1000 hours): 

  • 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,


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

Please reach out to set up a a private session. :)

Kelly Merk


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


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 2015. 

Kristi Roy

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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Tina Hilbert

By the time I reached 28 years of age my back and neck pain had become intense due to a severe injury in high school. My quality of life was diminishing, and so was my range of motion. My personal experience of practicing yoga, is that it gave me my quality of life back, healing my mind and body. For over 22 years, I've been practicing in the alternative field of holistic healing and modalities in some way or another. I'm certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher 500 (E-RYT 500), Yoga Alliance Continued Education Provider (YACEP), Lead Trainer, and a Level 3 Original Hot Yoga Association (OHYA) teacher. Over the years I've completed six yoga teacher certifications and many workshop’s, lectures, and intensive courses to broaden my scope of practice. My life goal is to teach and practice yoga for as long as I can breathe! My offerings are Yoga Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, Reiki, Thai Yoga, Holistic Nutrition, Meditation/Yoga Nidra, and Mindfulness Coaching. Available for private consultations and lessons.


Please call me ‘K'

Karon Sartore-Frantz

E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, YACEP, RYS 200 Kundalini

      Yoga & Meditation, Yoga Bridge Certification for Cancer Survivors, USUI/HOLY FIRE Reiki Master, Munay Ki Rites Practitioner


I personally practiced yoga for 10+ years before deciding to listen to my inner voice and begin to truly understand the gift of yoga.  Once I decided to listen, the journey presented many wonderful opportunities allowing me to share the peace, grace and stillness that can be found through a complete practice of yoga.

I enjoy the connection of mindfulness, heightened spiritual awareness and a sense of peaceful oneness that yoga brings to the individual.  It is because of these that I decided to become a yoga teacher.  My soul smiles when I can offer acceptance, encouragement and peace to others in life and on the mat.


In classes, we fuse asana, Kriya, meditation, mantra and pranayama allowing those practicing to experience a deeper connection with themselves.  My intent for class is to go within, find the place of gratitude, love and acceptance for ourselves and know that we can return to this place on and off the mat.


Karon Sartore-Frantz


Allix was introduced to yoga at 3rd Street as a teenager when attending Edmond North High School in the late 2000's. Her practice has made a profound impact on her life and helped her manage several difficult obstacles, including childhood trauma and physical illness, and fostered a desire to be of service to others. She obtained her 200hr teacher training from SoulWork in 2020, training in the Akhanda lineage. She went on to receive her 60hr Trauma-Informed training certification in 2021 after working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault here in Oklahoma City. As a master's student of Social Justice & Human Rights at Arizona State University, she hopes to work with survivors of trauma and provide yoga to those seeking solace, refuge, and resistance. Allix loves creatures big and small, and enjoys reading, learning new languages, writing short stories, and finding new ways to live simply and sustainably. She is available at request for private sessions. 

Allix Stewart


Julie Yarbor

Julie (Kali) Love

Pronouns: she/her/they/them

Loves: Learning, animals, her two cats, dancing, music,

video games, reading, walking, and creating art

I’m local to Oklahoma, born and raised, went to UCO (B.F.A & M.Ed), and spent my life always making careful decisions. Life is a beautiful struggle, and it took some difficult years + a global pandemic to come to a life-changing decision for me—start forging my own path and get that yoga certification! I have anxiety, depression, struggle with mental health, and I wish to support others going through rough moments. I have been practicing yoga for 10+ years. Deepening my practice, learning more about myself, and finding ways to offer self-service to others resonated as the next steps on my journey. 

My mission statement is to hold space for others and offer compassionate, inclusive, and creative classes that connect us to our body, mind, self, and community. I will guide students through practice encouraging self-acceptance and agency over their body, offering accessible options, and presenting thoughtful challenges on how we continue to practice on and off the mat together to create a

kinder, safer world for all humans and animals.

All are welcome, nothing and no one left out.

Oklahoma City Yoga Studios