Our Story

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. Dharamsala TC is a sacred space for everyone to feel welcome.

From the moment you first visit, 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.

The founding principles of our yoga studio are based on our trust in the benefits of yoga. And with 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.

See you soon!

Founding Owners,

Cathy & Kay

Kay Epple

Kay Epple

Owner/Instructor

First drawn to yoga for the physical practice, I soon learned that was just a small part of yoga.  As a busy mother of four it quickly became a passion that brought me peace like nothing else ever had.

My first teacher training was taken with the intent of deepening my own practice. But I soon realized it was something I needed to share.

Cathy Fitzgerald and I bonded over a passion to share yoga and mindfulness with children, teens and families. That is when 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. It is a way to help deal with stress, anxiety and find an inner peace.

Hilary Lee

Hilary Lee

Owner/Office Manager

Hilary is an owner at Dharamsala TC and one of the first friendly faces you’ll see when you enter the yoga studio. Hilary will also be teaching toddler yoga classes, storytime yoga and hosting little yogis playtime for Just Bee Yoga + Well-being. As our front desk manager she’ll make you feel welcome as well as help you find a class that’s the perfect fit for you.

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!

Cathy Fitzgerald

Cathy Fitzgerald

Owner/Instructor

Practicing to a VHS tape as a young mother running a dance studio was my first yoga experience. 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. We love place sharing yoga and mindfulness with children, teens and families. Therapeutic training focused on gentle & restorative yoga. Along with breathwork and guided meditation these tools help bring the body into balance, 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

Each has their own unique history, style and experience, but all have one thing in common – beautiful hearts. We are extremely grateful for these awesome humans. Their energy fills us and the yoga studio with so much joy!

Come meet them – you’ll feel it too!

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Ashtynne Hudecz

Ashtynne Hudecz

Ashtynne is an international yoga teacher. Born and Raised in Michigan, she developed a strong connection to nature. A traumatic life experience led to her discovery of yoga. 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. Ashtynne 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.

Tina Metropoulos

Tina Metropoulos

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.  Vigorous practices are still enjoyed, 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.

Seeing the role yoga played in her own life, Tina 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.  Connecting to your strength, finding stillness, and increasing your self-care practices are goals of her practice.

Blair Yaroch

Blair Yaroch

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. Because it carried her through every difficulty she experienced, she couldn’t imagine living without it. There was never enough yoga for her!  She craved the mind-body connection and inner stillness that she felt after practicing each day. Because there was nothing that felt more rewarding than the idea of sharing yoga with her community, she made her shift from the role of student to teacher.

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. Expect Blair's classes to incorporate yogic philosophy as well as help you achieve awareness and connection. The dynamic, energetic vinyasa flow offers 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.

Emily Harper

Emily Harper

Emily teaches Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Restorative, Adolescent, Children, Elderly, and One-on-One yoga classes. She received training through Vinyasa Arts, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA as well as Yoga and Ancient Knowledge in Vrindavan, India.

She lives right here in Traverse City and when not teaching yoga she's a High School English teacher! 

Jenna Morris

Jenna Morris

Jenna knew from a young age that she wanted her career to be driven by her passions. After art school in Chicago and a brief stint in advertising, she left graphic design to pursue yoga and fitness and never looked back. Since 2007, she has been leading private and group yoga and fitness classes, facilitating yoga teacher trainings, managing yoga studios, mentoring instructors, and holding retreats.

Jenna's classes are safe yet challenging, fun yet introspective, balanced yet adventurous. She is dedicated to teaching the practice of yoga as a gateway to living life in its most expressive form. Jenna has a friendly and approachable demeanor that aids her students in the more challenging moments of class. Her intention is to continuously invite her students to explore the depths of their bodies and the layers of their souls. 

Jenna currently resides in Traverse City after spending 18 years in Chicago and Southern California. While her full time job is in the corporate side of boutique fitness, her heart will always be guided by her love for yoga and undying pursuit to live life to its fullest. When not teaching, you can find her on the trails, cooking or baking, paddleboarding, and soaking up the NoMi life.

Lesley Kennedy

Lesley Kennedy

Lesley is a former professional NYC dancer, performing nationally and internationally with several dance companies (including 2 summer tours with Mikhail Baryshnikov). She holds a BFA in dance, 200 RYT, certified Acroyoga teacher, Reiki 1 and 2, and a Licensed NYS Massage Therapist since 1997. She has taught private Pilates (on the equipment and mat) for 25 years, and currently runs her own studio in Manhattan.  She is excited to transition to MI and share her knowledge and experience with Traverse City!
Lily Alvarado

Lily Alvarado

Studio Intern

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.

Lily is so excited to be working with the amazing team at Dharmsala.

Mathieu Boldron

Mathieu Boldron

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. Mathieu's 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.

He 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.

Brooke Stier

Brooke Stier

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.

Specializing in vinyasa yoga, Brooke prioritizes creating a safe and energetic space.  A space for students to move their body and refresh their mind.

Matt Lindstrom

Matt Lindstrom

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. 

Melissa Lande

Melissa Lande

Zumba instructor

Melissa has been a certified Zumba Dance and HIIT instructor for 2 years in the Traverse City area. In addition, she teaches spin and aqua fitness classes as well. With a busy schedule, she has learned to lean on her love for yoga and the yogi lifestyle in order to remain open and free in a chaotic world. It's incredibly important to her to teach about the divine masculine and feminine energies and loves to help students express their true nature and find their authentic joy in their own bodes, through movement and dance in their lives. 

Jen Haase

Jen Haase

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.

Sasha Warner

Sasha Warner

Front Desk

Looking for a hobby, I began practicing yoga about 7 years ago. 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. Exploring all kinds of yoga, learning and trying all kinds of methodologies as become a passion.

After living in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 10 years, I recently moved to Traverse Cit where I love spending time outdoors, 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!

Sydney Rapin

Sydney Rapin

Studio Intern

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.

Sydney also loves spending time with her friends and family (and dogs Milo and Finn), playing tennis, and swimming.

This opportunity at the new yoga studio is exciting!

Sarah Townsend

Sarah Townsend

A Michigan raised yoga teacher, practicing yoga for 7 years, Sarah has stepped into the teacher role for the last 4 years. Sarah discovered yoga as a benefit to her fitness routine, but quickly became drawn to teach the practice that gave her so much transformative expression.

A sense of strength and power are felt in Sarah's classes. Encouring 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.

Haleigh Dunn

Haleigh Dunn

Haleigh found yoga during her third year of college. Looking for something to build a consistent routine for not only the physical body but emotionally and mentally as well led her to yoga. 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. And 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!

An occupational therapist, Haleigh 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!

Hindy Meredith

Hindy Meredith

Hindy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for the last 8 years in Miami, FL. The transformational power of her own yoga practice inspired her to become a teacher. After meeting and studying with great teachers like Sri Dharma Mittra and Amy Ipolliti her practice evolved to becoming a teacher.

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.

Classes are built on traditional Hatha yoga poses connected together in a flowing sequence. This focus helps the student to "quiet the mind". They flow from centering the mind with mantra and pranayama ( breathing techniques) to yoga asana practice and meditation. The goal is to help each student feel more peaceful and with an open heart after each practice.

All levels, from beginners to advanced students benefit from Hindy's classes.

Kelly Stiglich

Kelly Stiglich

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. Purely physical reasons; a leaner, better looking body brought her to yoga. But what she gained was so much more than physical: 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. Many styles of yoga are introduced into her classes to educate students. Thus helping 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! 

Stephanie Lynn

Stephanie Lynn

For more than 30 years, yoga and meditation have provided me with a boundless source of strength and resilience, as well as peace and compassion.  Although physical fitness is a wonderful benefit of yoga, for me it is far more.  It is also a source of mental, emotional, and spiritual “fitness.”  My teaching is a direct reflection of my belief in the potential of yoga and of my dedication to a life of service.  It is my aim to steward every student in an individual way, regardless of the size of the group I am serving.  

Twelve years of teaching yoga and meditation have offered me an opportunity to connect with students and fellow teachers in deep and meaningful ways.  With a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry, I have a fascination and understanding of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics that helps me to guide students in a more comprehensive way.  As a student of yoga, I have studied directly under Sandra Carden, Raghunath Cappo, John Friend, Gopi Kinnicutt, Gaura Vani Buchwald, Radhanath Swami, and Laura Kupperman, and have taken workshops with Krishna Das and Jai Uttal.  I have specialized training with The Connection Coalition (yoga and meditation for teens dealing with special and challenging circumstances) and Yoga for Survivors (yoga and meditation for oncology patients and survivors), and I have a special passion for Yoga Nidra. I am also honored and privileged to be a teacher of teachers.

My classes are disciplined and challenging, but light-hearted and filled with compassion, as I strive to meet each student where they are, and serve as guide and steward.  Please join me on the mat!

Katie Nehil

Katie Nehil

Katie Nehil is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Nurse, and Clinical Herbalist.  She came to the practice of yoga looking for a way to manage anxiety, grief, and poor body image. The practice of Yoga taught her self-compassion, gave her tools to help manage anxiety, and empowered her to move in, trust, and love her body. 

As a yoga teacher, Katie holds certifications in Ascension Yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Curvy Yoga and Aqua Kriya Yoga.  She is excited to be partnering with Dharamsala to bring the practice of yoga to a wide range of people.  In addition to yoga, Katie is passionate about herbalism, gardening, seasonal living, and the cultivation of community. Katie lives in Traverse City with her husband, Dave.

Open Hours

Monday 9:30 am -7:45 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am – 7:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Sunday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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869 Robinwood Court
Traverse City, MI 49686

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(231) 421-3808