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Meet The Team

Anneli Virkhaus
Anneli CA Headshot.JPEG
CEO, Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer, Spiritual Guide
Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Enneagram Type: 4
Founder and owner of the studio. Anneli teaches weekly yoga classes and also offers private sound healing and Reiki sessions. She facilitates monthly sound baths and workshops and hosts yearly retreats around the world.

Outside the studio you can find Anneli hiking in nature, exploring through a cave, relaxing somewhere with a book and heated device, and enjoying dance. Read more about Anneli's Story Here.
Oliver Maddox
COO, Tech, Designer/Builder, Visionary
Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Enneagram Type: 5
Founder and co-owner of the studio. Oliver helped design and build all the spaces. He is in charge of all the technological and book keeping aspects of the business, in addition to dreaming up and planning the yearly retreats.

Outside of the studio you can find Oliver out on lakes, rivers, and going on caving adventures. He is also the owner of Sewanee Mac Repair, your Apple phone and computer technician.
Shao-Nian Bates
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
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
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Sign: Capricorn
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Enneagram Type: 9
Pippa is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor. 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 sauna area.

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. 
Kristi Bumpus
Restorative Yin & Vinayssa Yoga Instructor
Sign: Leo
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Enneagram Type: 1
Kristi is a 500-hour RYT through Yoga Alliance. She teaches all styles of yoga ranging from yin, vinyasa, restorative, and Hatha. She designs all her classes will all levels in mind and utilizes a breath-centered and mindful approach. She teaches the 2nd and 4th Tuesday Vinyasa and the Restorative Yin class.

Outside of the studio you can find Kristi enjoying nature, reading a book, listening to music, and living her practice.
Josie Brown
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
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.

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.
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