June’s BN360 Spotlight Professional – Steve Procknal

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to this year’s BN360 Spotlight Professionals.

Each year, BN360 highlights a select few individuals, nominated by member companies, within the Buffalo Niagara region who exemplify today’s definition of a young rising leader. Check back each month to read about these young professionals and how they are making a positive impact on the Buffalo Niagara region.

Steve Procknal

Steve Procknal
Yoga Teacher
Power Yoga Buffalo; Yogis in Service; November Project

Steve Procknal is a yoga teacher with Power Yoga Buffalo, featuring three studios in Western New York. He is also part of Yogis in Service, a team of yogis who teach, practice and share yoga throughout the area and the world. Steve also works with November Project™, a free fitness movement that encourages people of all ages to get out and get moving in various activities.

 First Job Out of School

Promotions in Sydney, Australia

Career Highlights

Steve is proud to have helped make Buffalo a November Project city (or tribe), including the area in a fitness movement that started in Boston and now has tribes around the world. He has worked with cancer survivors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; developed yoga programs for veterans at the Buffalo VA; worked with NCAA Division I and professional athletes; and taught high school and college students yoga to help them deal with everyday stress. Steve has taught and led over 70,000 people over the past 4 years in yoga and health and wellness classes and events.

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Career

Be humble, be grateful, always be a student and never stop learning and growing. Double down on your strengths.

 Volunteer Activities

  • November Project – Co-leader in WNY
  • Yogis in Service – Board member
  • Charity Yoga Classes
  • Albright Knox Convergence Council – Board member

 On Buffalo Niagara

“I live in the city and each time I drive, run, or ride my bike I see countless new projects starting, finishing, growing. I’ve always been proud of this region and it’s so great to be able to back up my enthusiasm with the tangible progress that is happening. “

 Greatest Benefit of Working in Buffalo Niagara

 “People in Buffalo really care, want to help and really support one another.”

Greatest hope for the future of the Buffalo Niagara business community

“I hope the business community continues to prioritize health, self-care, and overall wellness in corporate settings.”

 About Being a Spotlight Professional

“I am surprised, honored and grateful.”

Steve’s 5 Favorites

  • Favorite Restaurant: Ashkers
  • Favorite Business Book: ‘Shoe Dog’ by Phil Knight
  • Best Buffalo Hidden Gem: Glen Falls, Williamsville
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Best Place for Wings: NA Don’t eat them


Check out our brief Q&A with Steve: