We are a women owned and operated yoga studio in Traverse City, Michigan. Our story is rooted in a desire to share the beautiful benefits of Yoga + Mindfulness. We offer a sacred space for everyone to feel welcome.
From the moment you first visit Dharamsala TC, you will sense the genuine warmth and vibrant energy. It is a collective passion for yoga and well-being shared by amazing teachers students practicing here.
Our founding principles are based on our trust in the benefits of yoga. We have deepest respect for the long line of teachers who brought forth the traditions of yoga.
The word Dharamasala means rest house or shelter. And that’s just what we offer to all who enter our doors. Our yoga studio is a place to spend time together soaking up the beautiful benefits of this practice.
We look forward to see you soon!
Cathy & Kay
I was first drawn to yoga for the physical practice, but soon learned that asana was just a small part of what yoga really was. As a busy mother of four it quickly became a passion that brought me peace like nothing else ever had.
I took my first teacher training with the intent of deepening my own practice, but realized it was something I needed to share.
When Cathy Fitzgerald and I bonded over a passion to share yoga and mindfulness with children, teens and families Just Bee Yoga + Well-being was born.
I’ve studied under amazing teachers including Jenny Lintvedt, Lesley Carney, Arturo Peal, Jen Rapanos, Lucas Rockwood and more.
Yoga has been a gift in my life that I want to share with others to help deal with stress, anxiety and to find an inner peace.
I discovered yoga practicing to a VHS tape during a stressful time as a young mother running a dance studio. It was a calm retreat after chaotic mornings and centered me for the day.
Initially teacher training was to deepen my own practiced, but quickly inspired me to teach. Future trainings led me and Kay Epple to form Just Bee Yoga + Well-being, a place to share yoga and mindfulness with children, teens and families. Additional training in Therapeutic yoga has focused on gentle & restorative yoga, breathwork and guided meditation for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress.
Thank you to my amazing teachers: Jenny Lintvedt, Jen Rapanos, Lesley Carney, Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal.
Yoga helps me to feel lighter, happier and more present with myself and those around me. It’s this beautiful feeling I wish to share with others.
Meet Our Amazing Team
We are extremely grateful for these awesome humans. Each has their own unique history, style and experience, but all have one thing in common – beautiful hearts. Their energy fills us and the yoga studio with so much joy!
Come meet them – you’ll feel it too!
Ashtynne is an international yoga teacher. Born and Raised in Michigan, United States, she developed a strong connection to nature. She discovered yoga after a traumatic life experience. Her practice became a way to calm anxiety, heal and express. This experience has infused her teaching with sensitivity. Ashtynne's classes evoke awareness to charge each movement with natural fluidity and strength. She is also passionate about nutrition and herbalism.
She has studied with Briohny Smyth, Dice Ida Klein, Yoga Beyond, Peter Kaaberbool, Matt Giordano, Rose Erin Vaughan & more...
Ashtynne teaches workshops and retreats all over the world.
Jackie discovered Yoga and Meditation while working as a Pilates Instructor in Traverse City. As soon as she became an empty nester, she began practicing meditation at home and noticed an increased sense of calm and fulfillment within herself. She wanted to be around others who were experiencing this same magic, so she started doing yoga at a local studio. Yoga helped her with anxiety and the sadness that comes with the life transition of being an empty nester. In addition to the mind healing, she began to notice that her balance was improving, and her tight hips were becoming more flexible. This beautiful marriage of Yoga, Meditation and Pilates keeps her strong physically, emotionally and spiritually.
During the pandemic, it became clear to her that she needed to share this with others. She completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program with Yoga Farm Ithaca out of New York. She is also completing a 200-hour Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training program with Dr. Lorin and Camille Roche to teach Instinctive Meditation. Jackie has been a Pilates instructor for 11 years.
In her Vinyasa yoga classes Jackie will guide you through a moving meditation, where you will work on strength, mobility, balance and alignment, followed by deep relaxation and stillness. You will leave feeling more rejuvenated and connected to your mind, body and soul.
Blair started taking yoga classes over 10 years ago. As a new wife and mother in her 20’s, she was trying to find her footing managing these profoundly new and unfamiliar roles. Looking back, she can’t say for sure what it was that called her to choose yoga. But she very quickly recognized that once she was on her mat, she was connecting to herself through body and breath in a way that was significant and transformative.
Over the next decade her relationship with her vinyasa yoga practice deepened. It carried her through every difficulty she experienced becoming something that she couldn’t imagine living without. There was never enough yoga for her! She craved the mind-body connection and inner stillness that she felt after practicing each day. This led her to shift from the role of student to teacher, because there was nothing that felt more rewarding than the idea of sharing yoga with her community.
Yoga is much more than a physical practice. The deep connection to self that is cultivated through movement and breath on the mat, can shift the way you live off the mat. You can expect Blair's classes to incorporate yogic philosophy. As well as help you achieve awareness and connection through dynamic, energetic vinyasa flow offering periods of both challenge and rest. Her hope is that each student in her class feels free to be curious about their bodies and themselves, discovering their limitless potential through movement and breath.
Kelly has been leading Yoga Alliance accredited 200/300 & aerial yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats for the past 10 years in Costa Rica as well as in the US. Her mission is to empower students to find their own way.
She believes there is a point in our lives that we just feel like there must be more. Kelly experienced this gentle whisper on her yoga mat. She came to yoga for purely physical reasons; a leaner, better looking body, but what she got from yoga was so much more than physical. She discovered peace, joy, fear, anger, frustration, love, compassion, tolerance, and complete acceptance.
Kelly teaches a multi-level yoga class which includes beginner students as well as experienced students at the same time. She introduces many styles of yoga into her classes to educate students and help them choose classes that meet the needs of their body that day.
Kelly is a 500 E-RYT, Ayurveda Specialist and has studied with Jacki Chiodo, Sandra Carden, Jennifer Reis, Bernie Clark, Diana Botts, Joe Barnett, Nick Hansinger, Kisma Donna Orbovich, & Camella Nair. Kelly brings a greater understanding of why different styles of yoga are so beneficial for everyone’s unique body.
Join Kelly for class and see why they are always packed!
I began practicing yoga about 7 years ago, simply looking for a hobby. It quickly became a passion. I fell in love with the challenge of connecting my breath to movement as well as calming my mind and listening to my body. Yoga was an outlet that has helped me to deal with my anxiety, as well as helped me to cope during difficult times in my life. I love knowing I can always go to my mat and it feels like a comfortable safe place. I have explored all kinds of yoga and enjoy learning and trying all kinds of methodologies.
I lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 10 years and recently moved to Traverse City. I love spending time outdoors and soaking up all that Traverse has to offer! In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my two children, husband, and dog!
I’m also a speech language pathologist. In my last job, I incorporated yoga into my therapy routine with kids aged 3-5. I loved seeing the benefits it had on children’s mindsets. There is nothing better than sharing the joyful feeling after a yoga session with someone you care about!
Mathieu is an international yoga teacher born and raised in Paris, France.
He discovered yoga while singing and acting in the Broadway Musical, The Lion King. His practice became a way to reconnect with Silence, root down, express and balance his life. Today, he is best known for his lighthearted and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga. His flows blend Yin asana and Dynamic Yang Sequencing to create an intelligent fusion that brings deeper movement and stronger mind-body connection. Not only are Mathieu’s classes fun, profound and challenging, they also allow students to experience a feeling of unity that brings lightness, awareness and clarity to their life.
Mathieu has experience with countless amazing teachers including Dharma Mittra, Meghan Currie, Chris Chavez, Dice Iida Klein, Briohny Smyth, Jared McCann, Jason Nemer...
Mathieu has taught all over the world intensives and Leads 300hr / 200hr Yoga Teacher trainings program in Asia & in Europe in his Paris Yoga School Lomey Yoga.
Tina is an osteopathic physician and yoga teacher from Michigan. She found yoga when searching for a way to balance running and teaching group fitness classes. As for many others, her primary interest was the physical application of yoga. However, she soon realized the profound impact yoga had on her overall sense of well-being and peace. Her initial exposure was in an ashtanga and power vinyasa studio. She still enjoys these vigorous practices, but has grown to deeply appreciate restorative and gentle classes as well.
Tina has taught movement for twenty years and yoga for twelve, after completing her teacher training at Hilltop Yoga in Lansing. At the time, she also had begun her medical residency. Her yoga practice taught her the importance of mindfulness in finding stillness and reducing stress.
She was able to see the role yoga played in her own life, and is grateful to share this practice with others. Her background as a family physician and neuromusculoskeletal specialist lends itself to a unique perspective in the yoga studio.
Classes with Tina build of sense of community, and she fosters a nurturing and welcoming environment. Her goal is to help you connect to your strength, find stillness, and increase your self-care practices.
Haleigh found yoga during her third year of college. She was looking for something to build a consistent routine for not only the physical body but emotionally and mentally as well. She had never practiced yoga before but for some reason it sounded right, so her journey began on the living room floor of her apartment with a towel as a yoga mat. A few years later Haleigh wished to expand her knowledge and help others find yoga, thus becoming a yoga teacher!
Haleigh has been teaching vinyasa and gentle style yoga classes for over two years now. She is also a certified SUP yoga instructor! She has experience in her personal practice with the Ashtanga style yoga and loves playing around with arm balances and inversions!
Haleigh works as an occupational therapist and brings her therapeutic knowledge on how the body functions to class. In her classes you can also expect to have fun, relax, go with the flow, and maybe even learn a new asana!
Brooke started her yoga journey as a college student searching for ways to reduce stress and move her body. As a former high school athlete, she enjoyed intense exercises, drawing her attention to the hot power flows.
However, it was the mindfulness practice and traditional asanas that made her fall in love with the practice. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Fever in Grand Rapids in 2018.
Brooke is also a Kindergarten teacher and strives to leave an impact through her passion for education in the studio and the classroom.
Brooke specializes in vinyasa yoga and prioritizes creating a safe and energetic space for all of her students to move their body and refresh their mind.
Hilary is part of our front desk team and one of the first friendly faces you'll see when you enter the studio. Hilary will also be teaching toddler yoga classes, storytime yoga and hosting little yogis playtime for Just Bee Yoga + Well-being. As part of our front desk team she'll make you feel welcome and help you find a class that's the perfect fit for where you are.
Hilary lives in Traverse City with her husband and three young children and she specializes in sensory play. We know her class will fill up fast and can't wait for you and your little ones to join her!
A Michigan raised yoga teacher, practicing yoga for 7 years, Sarah has stepped into the teacher role for the last 4 years. She discovered yoga as a benefit to her fitness routine, but quickly became drawn to teach the practice that gave her so much transformative expression.
She brings a sense of strength and power into each class. Encouraging students to feel powerful, yet soften into their body. She is excited to meet and get to know each student.
Sarah lives in Leelanau Country with her boyfriend Taylor and loves to garden, be out on the Lake, and spending time with her family and friends. Can't wait to meet you!
Jennifer was first introduced to yoga in her early 20's. She attended her first class in several layers of clothing totally unaware she was headed into a traditional hot yoga class! While she felt her first experience wasn’t ideal, it left her feeling better about herself than she had in a long time. She went back.
Yoga was not only physically challenging, but mentally challenging as well, both a welcome gift for her at that point in her life. Teaching came as a natural evolution of her practice, and she’s studied all over the world including Southeast Asia, India, and Iceland.
Jennifer believes all you need for yoga is your body, your breath, and an empty cup. Her classes are playful and creative while allowing you room to relax.
Hindy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for the last 8 years in Miami, FL. She was first inspired to become a yoga teacher after living the transformational power of yoga practice first hand. Her practice as a student evolved to becoming a teacher after meeting and studying with great teachers like Sri Dharma Mittra and Amy Ipolliti.
Hindy has a 200HR Teacher Training certification in Vinyasa yoga and an 800HR Teacher Training certification in Dharma Yoga.
She is also certified in “Yoga Nidra” ( deep relaxation practice) and has taken several Kirtan and Bhakti yoga workshops at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas with Kirtan legend, Krishna Das.
Her class is built on traditional Hatha yoga poses connected together in a flowing sequence that focus on helping the student to "quiet the mind". They flow from centering the mind with mantra and pranayama ( breathing techniques) to yoga asana practice and meditation, with the goal of helping each student feel more peaceful and with an open heart after each practice.
Her class is ideal for all levels, from beginners to advanced students.
Originally from Lake View, New York Matt is an Instructor of Dance and Theatre at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Earlier in his career he was Assistant Professor of Dance at Colorado Mesa University, he's taught at Cornell College, the University of Northern Iowa, West Texas A&M University, Iowa Wesleyan College, Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Company, and many others.
As a performer, Matt spent eight years as dance captain for Stephen Foster: the Musical in Bardstown, Kentucky. He's been in several Interlochen Shakespeare Company productions and Interlochen Arts Academy full-length ballets.
Matthew is a huge asset to our Dharamsala TC team and we can't wait for you to join him for his "signature" Sunday morning Detox class.
Sydney will be a freshman in the fall at Traverse City West Senior High. She fell in love with yoga after practicing at Just Bee Yoga + Well Being for the past 2 years in the teen class. She was introduced to all the benefits of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Sydney enjoys vinyasa flow and practicing yin.
She also loves spending time with her friends and family (and dogs Milo and Finn), playing tennis, and swimming.
She is excited for this opprotunity at the new yoga studio!
Lily Alvarado is currently a student at TC West Senior High. She has been practicing yoga for over two years at Just Bee Yoga + Well-being and has fallen in love with it. Lily likes to practice yin and vinyasa flow.
In her free time, Lily enjoys hanging out with her friends, wake surfing in the summer, skiing in the winter and playing tennis in the spring.
She is so excited to be working with the amazing team at Dharmsala.
Opening July 31st, 2021
869 Robinwood Court
Traverse City, MI 49686