Justine "JustiniYogini" Mastin is proud to be the creator and fearless leader of YogaQuest.
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 Dean Winchester cosplayer, a SuperWhoLock fangirl, and a psychotherapist in private practice at Blue Box Counseling.
Kris Anne Regeth - Yoga Teacher, Responsible Adult.
An indispensable member of the YogaQuest family since 2012, Kris Anne brings much-needed pragmatism and responsible adulting to the executive team. Between organizing our convention appearances and class schedule, and coordinating a variety of member and community events, she keeps us on track (and hopping!). In addition to all that, she curates fandom-inspired playlists, and manages our Tumblr blog with humor and grace.Kris Anne is a big-time comic book nerd, Louise Belcher cosplayer, and lover of kale. She loves that YogaQuest provides a safe space for her yoga practice, and an accepting environment in which she can move her body and feel free to be a weirdsmobile. Because it has meant so much to her, she is dedicated to bringing YogaQuest to more people, and sharing its message of radical acceptance.
Melissa Swanson – Angel of Design, #bees?
While I don’t do much yoga (because I am one of those addicted distance trail runners and spend most of my spare time in the woods), YQ is the only yoga studio I would ever go to. YQ makes yoga fun, even for the normally yoga phobic. The energy, spirit and people of YQ make it an important, valuable jewel in the Twin Cities fitness world and there is nothing else like it. I passionately, enthusiastically support YQ’s inclusiveness, desire to make the world a better place and promote wellness and body acceptance. I think the open, warm and compassionate safe space YQ has built in the geek community is so important and want to get as many folks involved as possible. I am a big nerd, GISHWHES survivor, and SPN cosplayer (yay for angel wings!) with a really serious Misha problem. 99 problems. All of them Misha.