Edmonton : Kingsway

Joe Lomnicki

To me yoga is not something I do, it’s how I live; it’s not something I teach, but rather what I share.

From my very first class in the fall of 2010, I knew there was something special about it; I often say, “It spoke to me like nothing before.”

After a lifetime of competitive sports, hockey, track & field, mountain biking, rodeo, pounding heavy weights in the gym, and hard living including 16+ yrs. of football up to, and including, CFL training camps and practice rosters, injuries were taking a great toll on not only my physical body but mental state, as well with 3 major knee reconstructions, multiple concussions and spinal fusion; I had no idea what was to come once I started this amazing new journey of peace and softness.

Like most athletes, my yoga practice was based mostly physical in power flows, hot yoga and Ashtanga, but so much more was unfolding in and around me, a calm and quietness that I had never experienced before ( I was changing, and my way of seeing life was shifting… and for the better ). After 1 year of solid daily practice and being encouraged by some of the most amazing people I had ever met encouraging me to go deeper and embrace the change with love ( Henri Ferguson, Jana Renee Derges, and Ryan Leier, who once said to me “You have a gift and need to share it”, although I had no idea what he meant at the time), I embarked on something that was to shape my future in the most amazing way ever. I completed my first Teacher Training in November of 2011 in Rocket Ashtanga w/Rockne White, then Trained with Michele Theoret Empowered Yoga, receiving my RYT 200 certification. Now wanting to share even more, the tools I had been provided with teaching became a natural fit in continuing to grow and teach on a part time basis the Spring of 2012, adding Yin certification in the Summer of 2013 with Joe Barnett / Paul Grilley Yin Yoga, all while recovering from spinal fusion surgery, and working over the next two years towards my RYT 500 w/Empowered Yoga.

Yoga and Football are two passions that allow me to give back to my supportive community. After 30+ yrs. of playing, coaching, and managing at many different levels from minor football to the CFL, and having worked in business operations with the Edmonton Eskimos, I feel the connection between these two communities by instructing yoga to the Eskimos, UofA Golden bears, Edmonton Wildcats & Huskies Jr Clubs, along with being a Lululemon Ambassador where I am teaching growth in yoga, inspiring positive living, and creating mind body awareness.

“Do something that makes your heart sing, be passionate, be inspired and others will do it with you”

I am forever grateful for my beautiful and supportive family and friends, humbled by the amazing teachers and incredible students that have touched my life, for all your wisdom and guidance, friendship and inspiration.

Thank you and God Bless