Justine, aka JustiniYogini is proud to be the creator and fearless leader of YogaQuest. She is the lead trainer of YogaQuest's Yoga Teacher Training Program as well as being the lead trainer and creator of the Yogiography™: narrative yoga training.
Justine never felt quite comfortable in the “traditional” wellness world. Even after becoming a certified yoga teacher in 2010, she felt like she didn’t fit. Knowing that she must not be alone in this feeling of “otherness” Justine set about making yoga accessible to the geek community, and YogaQuest was born. YogaQuest’s prime directive is to create a safe space for outsiders to care for themselves, while still being themselves, and to advocate for the power of self-care and self-compassion.
In order to provide an ever-more inclusive yogic environment, Justine has continued her studies to receive the following certifications: Street Yoga, trauma-informed yoga, with founder Mark Lilly; and Yoga for All, body positive yoga, with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes.
In addition to her work at YogaQuest, Justine is also a full-time fan-firl, and a psychotherapist in private practice at Blue Box Counseling.
Steven is a physicist by training and a software engineer by profession. That makes it quite unexpected that he's also a yoga teacher (RYT 200). The connection between the two could only be YogaQuest!
Steven started attending classes at YogaQuest in 2012 and he's never looked back; going on to complete YogaQuest teacher training in 2015 and Yogiography™ training in 2017.
Steven brings his scientific mind to the mat each time he teaches. He invites students to question the yogic status quo and to experiment with how yoga fits for them.
Vanessa began her yoga practice in 2008 with a workout mat and a DVD. She became familiar with many foundational yoga poses and concepts while practicing on her own, but everything changed when she took a deep breath and walked into YogaQuest, her very first studio experience, in 2013. In the joyfully geeky space of the YogaQuest studio, she began to experience yoga as an act of community, an act of confidence, and an act of creativity, beyond the physical benefits she already knew.
Vanessa became a certified yoga teacher in 2016 after completing teacher training at YogaQuest. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and is certified in Yogiography™: Stories on the Mat. Her classes are narrative, musical, and focused on guiding students to find strength and confidence in their own bodies. She encourages students of all body types and backgrounds to claim their space in the world and on their mat.
When she's not teaching or practicing yoga, Vanessa can be found writing fanfiction, harmonizing with the radio, playing taiko drums, collecting way too much tea, playing Legend of Zelda (again), or getting overexcited about any and every cat she encounters.
Kat is a queer, fat, anxious, nerdy yoga teacher certified and specializing in Yogiography™: Stories on the Mat. She focuses on making yoga accessible for folks with all kinds of body types, and people with anxiety, using narrative and humor.
When not teaching or taking yoga classes, Kat enjoys going Pokémon hunting with her 15 year old, and chasing her toddler around the back yard. Her super power is her ability to knit and read at the same time, and she spends altogether too much time doing both of those instead of the dishes.