Meet Our Teachers

Maribeth Hammond, E-RYT 500

Maribeth has been a devoted Yoga and Meditation Practitioner for more than three decades. She studied at The Centre for Yoga where she earned her teaching credential. When she moved to Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard in 2002 she founded, owned and directed The Yoga Channel Yoga Studio at Silver Strand Beach. She has taught well over 25,000 hours of classes, privates, and retreats. Her teacher training program was approved by YOGA ALLIANCE in 2005 and has seen 50 or more teachers pass though the program. She has been part of the VENTURA COUNTY WELLNESS PROGRAM since 2003. Her mission is to introduce Yoga to as many people as possible in her lifetime and help them develop a consistent practice for health benefits including body alignment, balance flexibility, spiritual awareness and serenity.

Heidi Hening, RYT 200

Heidi has been practicing yoga since 1993. She received her yoga training through The Yoga Channel at Silver Strand Beach under Maribeth Hammond. She attributes yoga to saving her from a neck surgery, while relieving stress and pain in other parts of her body. Heidi likes to practice slowly. She asks 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.”

Nathan Holden, E-RYT 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. He began leading yoga classes in 2009, and completed his yoga teacher training course with Maribeth Hammond at the Yoga Channel in March 2013. Nathan brings a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology into his teaching style, which draws inspiration from Hatha, Yin, and Iyengar Yoga.

Anna Spanopoulos, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Anna began her yoga study in the early 1970s. She completed teacher training in Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga in 1994 and was 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.” She focuses on anatomy, biochemistry, and nutrition.

Flea Alves, RYT 200

Flea has been teaching Hatha Yoga, since 2005. She was trained, by our very own, Maribeth Hammond. She offers classes in all levels of asanas and encourages her students to challenge themselves, with safety in mind. Flea’s motto is “Yoga is a serious practice you shouldn’t take so seriously.”

Dina Gricenko, RYT 200

Dina Gricenko was introduced to yoga through the dance training of her youth. During this time she noticed the benefits of a committed yoga practice and she enrolled in the 2010 WHY Power 200-hour teacher training at West Hartford Yoga, CT under the direction of Barbara Ruzansky. During her training, Dina was nearly killed in a bike accident. This seeming interruption to her training turned out to be her most impactful lesson in understanding and teaching yoga. Dina completed her Training with in 2011. Her eclectic teaching style is shaped by additional trainings in Forrest Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yin Yoga & Meditation and Yoga Tune Up®, and her connection to her students magnified by her study in massage and bodywork. She is dedicated to sharing the immense physical and mental healing and spiritual growth she has realized through asana, pranayama and meditation practice.

Carmen Wehr, RYT 200

In 2018, a shift in life and career paths prompted Carmen’s adventure into teaching yoga. After twenty years in the beauty industry styling hair, Carmen was burnt out and settling into a life of chronic pain. A long time student of yoga, Carmen finally found her calling after a weekend workshop with Ana Forrest. Once she began practicing Forrest Yoga, years of neck, shoulder, low back, and plantar fasciitis pain began to dissipate from her body.

Forrest Yoga not only healed Carmen’s physical body but also her internal makeup. She has experienced reduced anxiety and heightened self-esteem. Carmen hopes to be an inspiration for anyone facing mental and physical limitations, and body image issues. Forrest Yoga is inclusive and perfect for Any Body! Carmen is a Level 2 Certified Reiki Therapist, a graduate of Forrest Yoga Teacher Training, and has completed her Mentorship with Forrest Yoga Guardian, Brian Campbell. She is a homegrown girl and is proud to giveback to the community that has served her so well over the years!

Tracy Varshawsky
Sound Therapist/Holistic Energy Practitioner

Tracy wants to share the benefits of sound with as many people as possible. She has seen overwhelming positive and transformational experiences with her clients. Tracy is a Certified Gong Therapist, Modern Day Priestess, and a Reiki Master. After studying under Gong Master Mehtab Benton and also receiving Gong Yoga Nidra certification, Tracy shares amazing sound experiences. Combining sound with other healing modalities, she hosts a 30 minute Sound for Sleep session each week using gongs, singing bowls, chimes and other instruments to provide a peaceful transition into sleep. Sound vibrations work at a cellular level to help balance the body and allow for total relaxation. The meditative space that sound creates can guide listeners into a different state of consciousness. Listen to a session whenever time allows. Weekly sound sessions are available on her YouTube channel-Crows Nest Sound Studio. For more information or private sessions visit her website:

“Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”