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Meet The Team

Anneli Virkhaus
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CEO & Spiritual Guide
Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Enneagram Type: 4
Founder and owner of the studio. Anneli's passion is to help people gain awareness of themselves and habits and to develop self-care practices that enhance their daily lives. She is available for private sound, energy healing, and guidance sessions and facilitates monthly sound baths. She spends the majority of her time developing workshops and retreats that she offers around the world and making music.

Outside the studio you can find Anneli hiking in nature, exploring through a cave, relaxing somewhere with a book and heated device, and going to ecstatic dance. Read more about Anneli's Story Here.
Oliver Maddox
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COO, Tech, Designer/Builder, Visionary
Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Enneagram Type: 5
Founder and co-owner of the studio. Oliver is the visionary who helped design and build all the spaces. He is in charge of all the technological and book keeping aspects of the business. Oliver is also a talented sound engineer and musician and collaborates with Anneli for the monthly sound baths. 

Outside of the studio you can find Oliver out on lakes, rivers, and going on caving adventures. He is also a certified Rope Access Technician and travels around the world fixing wind turbines etc. while dangling hundreds of feet in the air!
Shao-Nian Bates
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Tai Chi Teacher
Sign: Leo
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Enneagram Type: 1
Shaonian is the Tai Chi teacher. She is trained in multiple forms of martial arts such as Kung Fu, Bhag-wa, Qi-Gong, and Wushu. Shaonian is an accomplished chef and wrote a memoir of her life, "Memoir Of A Small Chinese Woman."

Outside of the studio you can find Shaonian building new creative projects at her house, cooking a delicious meal for the Sewanee students, and practicing Bhag-wa.
Tom Camp
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Marriage Family Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Workshop Facilitator
Sign: Scorpio
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Enneagram Type: 6
Tom is a certified yoga therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and united Methodist minister. He offers private marriage and family psychotherapy sessions and teaches workshops and beginner meditation and yoga class series.

Outside the studio you can find Tom spending time with his family and grandchildren and enjoying a nice class of wine. 
Pippa Browne
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Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Sign: Capricorn
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Enneagram Type: 9
Pippa is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. She teaches the weekly Kundalini class and also has a strong personal practice. She is also a talented visual artist with a regular creative practice. Some of her art work is hanging in the studio.

Outside of the studio you can find Pippa painting, swimming laps in the lake behind her house, and enjoying a daily walk in the woods. 
Carolyn Fitz
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Yin Yoga Teacher
Sign: Sagittarius 
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Enneagram Type: 3
Carolyn is a 1,000 hour Yin Yoga certified teacher. She has trained extensively with Paul Grilley and is highly knowledgable about anatomy and yoga. Carolyn teaches the Friday yin yoga class when she is in town. She is Anneli's mother and loves being a part of the studio.

Outside of the studio you can find Carolyn hiking, practicing Chakra meditations, conversing with friends, and cooking.
Josie Brown
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Student Yoga Teacher
Sign: Scorpio
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Enneagram Type: 4
Josie Brown is a Senior at University of the South. She is majoring in Environmental Arts & Humanities. She has her 200-hour yoga teacher training and loves teaching a harder Vinyasa style class.

Outside the studio you can find Josie rock climbing and hiking and enjoying the outdoors. She is also very interested in permaculture and innovate new ideas.
Emily St. John
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Yoga Teacher
Sign: Capricorn
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Enneagram Type: 3
Emily St. John recently moved to the area from Nashville. She has her 200-hour yoga teacher training and loves teaching a gentle and flowing yoga. She is a substitute teacher and fills in when needed.

Outside the studio you can find Emily rock climbing, leading people on rock climbing adventures through her husbands company Pinnacle Mtn. Guides, and spending time with a good book.
Bruce Manuel
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Pilates Instructor
Sign: Capricorn
Chinese Zodiac: Fire Rooster
Enneagram Type: 6
Bruce Manuel graduated from The University of the South C’1980 with a degree in English Literature.  A couple of years later he joined the United States Navy and served for twenty years, retiring in 2002. He found Pilates after chronic back pain issues and discovered this helped him tremendously. He went on to receive his training in Pilates from Body Arts and Sciences International in 2016. Bruce offers private Pilates sessions, utilizing the Reformer and other equipment. He also teaches a weekly Pilates mat class. In his spare time you can find Bruce writing, walking his dog, and spending quality time with friends.

 
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