Our Story

 With a combination of 27 (YES 27) grandchildren, we’re so excited to share yoga and mindfulness with children. We are Kay Epple and Cathy Fitzgerald and we are both RYT® 200 registered yoga teachers. Realizing the incredible benefits for all ages, we have followed up with specialized training for children’s yoga and mindfulness at Well Bean Kids Yoga and Rainbow Yoga. We feel blessed to share our passion with children, teens and families in the Traverse City area.

You can read more of our story in The Grand Traverse Woman Magazine

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Fred Rogers

Kay Epple

Cathy Fitzgerald

Kay Epple was first drawn to yoga for the physical practice, but soon fell in love with the peace and clarity that it brought to her life.  After receiving her RYT-200 she starting sharing her passion for yoga with others.  One thing she realized right away.  She wished she’d had this knowledge when she and her husband were raising their four kids!

In today’s fast-paced world of technology she wants to help children find ways to deal with anxiety and stress, build self-confidence, have a positive self-image, and to learn to look inward to find peace and happiness.  She couldn’t shake the idea that she should be teaching and sharing this with children and their parents here in the Traverse City area.  She attended Well-Bean Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with her friend Cathy Fitzgerald, and Just Bee Yoga + Well-being was born.  She is continually learning and has furthered her children’s yoga and mindfulness training through Rainbow Yoga.

Kay and her husband Tom have four wonderful grown children, three great in-laws and ten amazing grandkids. When not teaching yoga and mindfulness you can find her at the beach, paddle boarding, biking, hiking, snowshoeing and enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

Kay is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and has a second certification as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT)

Cathy Fitzgerald moved to Traverse City a few years ago after meeting her “now husband” Bill while traveling in Ecuador. Their fairytale romance led her to Traverse City and she feels blessed every day to live in such a beautiful place!

She began doing yoga at home every morning when raising her children. Those quiet times after everyone left for school were just what she needed to breathe and re-center herself during busy and stressful times. Eventually she was able to attend classes on a regular basis and eventually complete her yoga teacher training.

Cathy has always loved working with children and owned a dance studio in Missouri for 15 years. So, now being able to share her love of yoga and mindfulness with children is very exciting!

When not teaching yoga, you might find Cathy photographing a wedding or family in beautiful Northern Michigan. In her spare time, she loves spending with her husband Bill, visiting with her awesome children and grandchildren, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, attending yoga class, music and travel!

Cathy is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and has a second certification as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT)