Our Story

With a combination of 28 (YES 28) 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 & RCYT 95 registered yoga teachers. Realizing the incredible benefits of Yoga + Mindfulness for all ages, we have followed up with specialized training for children’s yoga and mindfulness at Well Bean Kids Yoga , Rainbow Kids Yoga, Karma Kids Baby Yoga & Developmental Movement, Cosmic Kids & Yogi Beans Tween Immersion.We feel blessed to share our passion with children, teens, wedding parties and families in the Traverse City area.

In the News!

9&10 News Feature

Emily Richett of HAPPY PR chose our Just Bee Mindful Mat and Cards to be featured on Emily’s Summer Wellness Segment! Our Mindful Mat and both sets of cards are one just five favorites that she features. We are beyond thrilled and can’t wait for you to see them all!

Watch our Wellness Wednesday segment on 9&10 News

Read our Mindfulness Tips in  My North Inspired Life

Click here to see our interview last summer on 9 & 10 News

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

“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.  Unable to shake the idea that she should be teaching and sharing this with children and their parents here in the Traverse City area, Kay 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 a wedding in New Zealand and an amazing life in Traverse City. She feels blessed every day to live in such a beautiful place!

She began doing yoga at home every morning with VHS tapes 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 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! She is passionate about providing tools for children, teens and families to help navigate busy and often stressful lives. 

In her spare time, Cathy loves spending with her husband Bill, visiting with her awesome children and grandchildren, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, attending yoga class, music, photography and travel!

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

Cosmic Kids Certification
Just Bee Mindful Mat/Just Bee Yoga + Well-being

We’d love to have you join us for Yoga in Traverse City!