This is YogaQuest!
YogaQuest has been creatively engaging with the geek community in inclusive, body positive ways since 2011. Join us for yoga like you've never experienced it before! From narrated classes that mix fandom and fitness, to fun, casual takes on traditional yoga practice. YogaQuest has a class for you!
The original YogaQuest class is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling.
Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic, and often ridiculous, journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Pose nerdy with us!
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 Kallies - Yoga Teacher
Kris Anne began her yoga practice in 2012. As an avid runner, she was thrilled to discover how well yoga complimented her training. After an injury led her to hang up her distance-running sneakers, Kris Anne turned to yoga to maintain strength and agility. Along the way, she found joy in movement and radical self-acceptance.
Kris Anne became a certified yoga teacher in 2015 after completing teacher training at YogaQuest. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT200) and is certified in Yogiography: Narrative Yoga Training. When she's not teaching, Kris Anne enjoys drinking coffee, reading, knitting, watching Twin Peaks, and hanging out with her cat, Franklin.
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.