Our Instructors


Maribeth Hammond, E-R.Y.T. 500
Voted BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR in VENTURA COUNTY 2015-16. (yearly since 2005)
THE YOGA CHANNEL voted BEST YOGA STUDIO in VENTURA COUNTY 2015-16. (10 years running)
Maribeth Hammond is the director of The Yoga Channel, has earned recognition for the Yoga Alliance for her more than 20,000 hours of yoga instruction. Maribeth brings to her classes body alignment, flexibility, spiritual awareness and serenity. She offers private sessions, corporate and individual stress reduction programs, Yoga Alliance approved teacher training and accredited (earns CEC’s) specialty classes, including wellness, restorative and relaxation programs.
Email Address: yogachannelssb1@gmail.com


Lisa M. Otero, R.Y.T-200
Lisa has been practicing yoga and meditation for 20 years. Her teaching focuses on the meditative aspects and healing benefits of yoga practice. She completed training for her Yoga Alliance 200-RYT license with Maribeth Hammond at the Yoga Channel Yoga Studio in 2011. Lisa is also an accredited instructor of T’ai Chi Chih® and a retired attorney, licensed in Massachusetts, where she practiced legal aid and civil rights law for many years. The stress of law practice taught Lisa the value of consistent yoga, T’ai Chi Chih, and meditation practice. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Law School.


Don Steensma R.Y.T.
Don feels a daily yoga practice has changed his life and he enjoys giving that gift of yoga to others. He began practicing in 2000 and took teacher training at The Yoga Channel in 2004. Don leads a strong active class, but always stesses the uniquiness of each individual and the individuals need to develop their yoga as their own.


Aurora Heinemann, R.Y.T-200
You can find Aurora on her yoga mat daily…..sometimes twice a day! She credits yoga, along with a healthy diet, as the key to her health, peace of mind and youthfulness. Off the mat, you will find her accompanied by her favorite companions, her daughter Dori, a UCLA student, and Sofie, The French Buddhàg (bulldog). She is a certified life coach and entrepreneur at heart. She owns two businesses she founded, California Spray Tan, a mobile spray tanning service and, The Lotus Potential, a health and wellness company that infuses her yoga skills, life coaching and pet loving all into one. She loves laughter, good books, red wine, dark chocolate, home made stove top popcorn, animals, her yoga mat, most people and creating new and healthy dinners with whatever she can find in the pantry.


Margaret Remmen, R.Y.T. 200
Margaret completed her 200 hour teacher training with Maribeth Hammond in 2005. Using elements from many schools, Margaret guides students toward strength and balance. A focus on the breath helps students to find their own inner stillness and serenity. She brings to her teaching a deep love of yoga and concern for the individual.


Heidi Hening  R.Y.T.–200
Heidi has been practicing yoga since 1993. She received her RYT–200 through The Yoga Channel at Silver Strand Beach under Maribeth Hammond. She attributes yoga to saving her from neck surgery while relieving stress and pain in other parts of her body. Heidi likes to practice slowly, asking her students to find their edge, and then back off… allowing breath to take them deeper into the poses. Her motto is “Find comfort in your practice.”

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Patsy Higgins R.Y.T. 200
Patsy began studying yoga in 2003. She received her certification under Maribeth Hammond at The Yoga Channel. As a participant in the aging population, her interests lie in bringing the benefits of yoga to those who have physical limitations, requiring the use of a chair and/or other props.


Nathan Holden, R.Y.T. -200
Nathan began practicing yoga in 2004 while studying holistic massage at the Ojai School of Massage. He has integrated yoga breathing techniques and stretching principles into his massage practice over the past nine years. He began teaching an all levels yoga class in 2009, and completed his RYT-200 hr. training course with Maribeth at the Yoga Channel in March 2013. Nathan brings a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology into his relaxing, back-to-the-basics style of yoga, which draws inspiration from Hatha, Yin, and Iyengar styles.


Anna Spanopoulos, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Anna began her yoga study in the early 1970s and teacher training in Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga in 1994. She began teaching in 1995. Since then she has been a student of the Iyengar yoga system including Iyengar teacher training and therapy workshops. The improvement of her health and asthma drew Anna to her daily yoga practice which grants her internal quiet and external strength. Teaching yoga to others is one of her greatest joys in life. Anna encourages her students to “Live Better in Your Body.” Focused on Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Nutrition, Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

April Shafer
April finds balance in her life on her yoga mat and is eager to share this with her students. She has a passionate dedication to the practice and finds healing in strength and movement. April started practicing yoga in 2004 after learning she had scoliosis. Soon afterwards she earned a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certificate and began teaching. Currently April is a Yoga Medicine Teacher working towards a 500hr certificate in Yoga Medicine under the direction of founder and visionary Tiffany Cruikshank.

Yoga Medicine is a thorough, anatomically based training system that trains teachers all over the world to work more powerfully with their students. Yoga Medicine is a community of teachers who excel in their training and their ability to understand the body from an eastern & western perspective enabling them to work more effectively with other healthcare practitioners. Yoga Medicine is not a style of yoga, but rather a training that educates the teacher to understand the body and create individualized yoga prescriptions for the student.

Liza Keyser, RYT 500, Yin 50
Liza begin her yoga journey in the early 2002 while in college studying Psychology and Physical Education, at first yoga was just a weekly class that she attended to stretch her sore muscles. She has been an athlete her whole life running, cycling, snowboarding and gym workouts that it only seemed right to go to yoga too. After years of injuries and torn down body, she turned her heart to yoga fully. Starting her yoga practice daily, meet up with Jennifer Elliott, who then became her mentor. She finished her 200 and 300 hours at Yogaworks training with her mentor, and now is teaching yoga to her students, which is her greatest passion in life. Liza loves teaching all styles of yoga vinyasa, hatha, yin, and restoratives. She recently attended a yin training 50 hours with David Kim and believes yin yoga is the yin-delicious.


Kathleen S. Roos PhD R.Y.T. 200
Kathleen began her yoga practice in the early 60s with the TV series ‘Richard Hitleman’s Yoga’ and wasa devoted yoga practitioner long before yoga experienced its recent popularity. She has been teaching yoga for 14 years and received her R.Y.T 200 at The Yoga Channel in 2009. Kathleen has been an American Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certified exercise instructor since1982. She has an extensive science education (bachelors, masters and PhD degrees) and fitness experience including completion of 4 Ironman Triathlons, 50 plus marathons, eco-challenges and college sportsbringing a depth of exercise anatomy, physiology and scienceto her yoga students. She brought yoga to the troops in Iraq in 2009. She continues to teach fitness and yoga at Naval Base Ventura County, volunteers for the NOAA Channel Islands Naturalist Corps and plays violin for the Ventura Symphony orchestra. Kathleen is Red Cross First Aid and CPR certified.


Flea Ryder, R.Y.T. 200
Fun and challenging classes for adults and kids, Flea brings new energy to her classes.



Sharon George
Pilates is an awesome workout! I have found Pilates to be a fun, yet challenging workout for everyone. I have been in the fitness field for over 30 years instructing group exercise and offering personal training at several facilities in the Ventura County area. My certifications include Pilates, yoga, Personal Training, Seniors, Cycling and many more disciplines in Group Exercise. I am a National Pilates, Yoga and Aqua Fitness Presenter with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). I have been a fitness instructor and trainer with the U.S. military for more than 15 years. I have enjoyed helping people reach their fitness goals and look forward to helping many more people in the future.”


Vivian Richma, BSc, MA, CYT
Vivian Richman lived in India in 1965-66 where she began studying eastern philosophy. Upon returning to California, she continued her studies and extended them to encompass the full complex of a yoga practice. After a series of personal traumas, some rooted in external factors such as fires and earthquakes and some rooted in serious health problems, yoga helped calm her nerves and restore her health. That was when she decided to bring this practice to others. “That was the turning tide,” said Vivian, “and I have never looked back.”

Vivian took her basic teacher training at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, has an Advanced Training and Yoga Therapy Certificate from Larry Payne PhD, as well as a Yoga Philosophy Certificate from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) under the guidance of Dr. Chris Chapple. She has studied with renowned teachers in the Krishnamacharya tradition, including Srivatsa Ramaswami and Larry Payne. Vivian has taught yoga to cancer patients at The Wellness Community, taught at LMU, and developed the cancer program at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital.

LB (Lori) Bates R.Y.T. 200
Lori has always enjoyed moving and stretching. She is an RYT 200 completing her training with Maribeth Hammond in 2005. In 2011 she became a Certified Personal Trainer – Restorative Exercise Specialist, CPT-RES after completing a 200 hour course with biomechanist Katy Bowman M.S. She has also been a certified massage practitioner since 1998. Lori enjoys sharing what she gleens from her continuing education.