With a combination of 26 (YES 26) 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 and families in the Traverse City area.
You can read more of our story in The Grand Traverse Woman Magazine
Cathy Fitzgerald moved to Traverse City 5 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! As a wedding and lifestyle photographer she couldn’t have picked a better place to live! When not photographing a wedding, you might find her hiking the dunes for an engagement session or laughing on the beach capturing images of families at play. In 2018 she completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher training with Jenny Lintvedt and Heidi Dietrich through Yen Yoga and Fitness. In October 2018 she continued her education with Jen Rapanos at the Well-Bean Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in Rockford, MI. She and Kay Epple began teaching their Little Minds Yoga and Well-being program in Traverse City in December 2018 and look forward to every opportunity to share their passion with youth in the area. 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! In her spare time, Cathy loves spending with her husband Bill. She also looks forward to visits with her awesome children and grandchildren, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, attending yoga class, music and travel!
Kay Epple, RYT-200 was first drawn to yoga for the physical practice, but soon fell in love with the mental and spiritual gifts as well. It became a passion and she wanted to explore the mind body connection further.
She received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification in 2018 under Jenny Lintvedt ERYT 500 and Heidi Dietrich RYT 500, through Yen Yoga and Fitness. Following her graduation she continued her education with Well-bean Children's Yoga Teacher Training with Jen Rapanos in Rockford, MI.
Yoga has become a way of life and she is continually studying and learning. Yoga and mindfulness for children has become her passion. In today’s fast paced world of technology, she wants to help children find ways to deal with anxiety and stress, build self-confidence, and learn about themselves through yoga.
She and Cathy Fitzgerald started their program Little Minds Yoga and Well-being in Traverse City and are busy sharing their passion for yoga and mindfulness with children in the area.
She lives in Traverse City with her husband Tom. They have four wonderful grown children and nine amazing grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, being at the beach, paddle boarding, biking, hiking, snowshoeing and enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer.
“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
“Each one of us has the power to make others feel better or worse. Making others feel better is much more fun than making others feel worse. Making others feel better generally makes us feel better.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
We want to help children find ways to deal with anxiety and stress, to help them build self-confidence, have a positive self-image, and to learn to look inward to feel peace and happiness.
Little Minds Yoga and Well-being classes are fun and judgment free – integrating yoga and mindfulness through connection and play.
We concentrate on the children’s inward mindfulness, opposed to perfect poses, although healthier bodies will be the result of poses that stretch, strengthen, and build coordination. This combination of yoga and mindfulness teaches children techniques for self-health, relaxation, and provides an inner fulfillment.
We encourage children to live curiously, gently, and with compassion for themselves, others, and the world as we share our Loving Kindness Meditation created by Well-Bean teacher Melissa Wolf at the end of each class.
May I be brave and feel safe
May I be happy, just the way I am
May I live gently, with love and kindness
May I feel peace in my heart
“Yoga is bringing fitness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life.” ~ Amit Ray
Namaste is a beautiful word said in yoga and is a gesture of love and respect. In India, they usually make the gesture by placing their hands together to symbolize the meaning without speaking.
The literal translation of the sanskrit word Namaste is “I bow to you.”
Western yogis have adopted the custom of closing their yoga classes with a bow of namasté. It is a way for the teacher and students to thank one another for time well-spent, and to close the yoga practice.
There are many interpretations, our favorite being:
“The love, light and joy in me acknowledges the love, light and joy in you.”