Justine Mastin (aka JustiniYogini) 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 geeks to care for themselves while still being themselves, and to advocate for the power of self-care and self-compassion. Through YogaQuest, Justine promotes the message that all people are inherently worthy of caring for themselves even if they don’t fit the mold. In addition to her work at YogaQuest, Justine is also a Dean Winchester and Buffy cosplayer, a SuperWhoLock fangirl, and a psychotherapist in private practice. She enjoys incorporating yoga, mindfulness, and concepts drawn from geek culture into therapeutic practice with clients.
YogaQuest is a unique and dynamic wellness business that is blazing a trail for those outside the mainstream - geeks, nerds, and anybody who has experienced gym trauma - to engage with wellness on their own terms. Both in studio and through outreach, YogaQuest challenges traditional wellness narratives to make self-care more accessible and fun for all. With narrated yoga classes that incorporate movement and fan-fiction storytelling, as well as discussion panels focused on making wellness one’s own - rather than conforming to mainstream wellness narratives - YogaQuest presents a radical alternative to mainstream wellness spaces.
YogaQuest is pleased to have a vibrant online community, a online content for home practice, and the opportunity to engage with the geek community at both fan-run and larger pop culture conventions across the country. Their Narrated Yogic Adventures and discussion panels have been featured at New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), and at Wizard World Comic Cons in Minneapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia. YogaQuest has been featured in such publications as: The Wall Street Journal, Yoga International, Geek & Sundry, and Atlas Obscura. YogaQuest maintains a studio in Minneapolis that offers regular classes, workshops, and teacher trainings. Pose nerdy with YQ!