About: Lisa Sommer

I still remember my first yoga class over 35 years ago above Merchants Bank in Burlington, Vermont. I was like a kid in a candy store, delighted, curious and hungry for more. Practicing yoga for several years thereafter, I decided to leave the world of hotel management and begin a whole new journey. I spent my summers training with David Swenson in Ashtanga Yoga and began teaching in 1999 after my second child, Haley was born . Since then, I have been fortunate to take my practice with me globally, training with tremendous teachers including Donna Farhi, Max Strom, Claire Norgate, Sarah Powers, Coby Kozlowski, Michelle Dalbec, Jonathan Foust, Scott Blossom, Yoganand and Larissa Carlson.

In 2008, my appetite got stronger driving me toward intensive study in Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga. With that same sense of curiousness and delight, I studied to become an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist at Kripalu Training Center.  The timing was perfect, I finished in 2009 just in time to relocate with my family to Beijing, China.  In China,  teaching yoga took on a whole new meaning as I learned to teach in both Chinese and English. During this period, I enrolled in Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program with The California College of Ayurveda where I completed certification to be an Ayurvedic Health Counselor as well as completing Clinical Ayurvedic Theory.

As an expat, I spent my summers in the United States giving me the opportunity to  continue my training at Kripalu. In 2015, I graduated 500 Hour training in Ayurvedic Yoga, 2016 completion of 500 Hour training in Kripalu style yoga.  In 2017, I became a Faculty Assistant at Kripalu assisting teacher trainings in both the School of Ayurveda and School of Yoga.

Currently, my husband and I live in Rye, NH.  We moved back to the United States in the heart of the pandemic, January 2021.   For an expat, typically the hardest move is the move back to your home country.  For me, it was quite the opposite.  Guided by my Pitta personality, I enrolled in two continuing education courses simultaneously.   I began intensive study in Vedic Astrology with Steven Highburger and continued my study with Dr. Scott Blossom.

We ended up buying a two family house along the New Hampshire seacoast which we intended to turn into a one family.  Renovation began March 1.  A bright light among many dark days of the Pandemic was the ability to continue my teaching on Zoom.  Even better, my student base could now include yogi’s from around the globe.  During all the demolition, pounding and music above, I didn’t miss a day of teaching on Zoom.  Another shining light, Dinacharya, Daily routine.  For me, the Ayurvedic ritual of creating and keeping a daily routine has been paramount in my success at repatriation. Not to mention the incredibly welcoming Yoga Community in both Maine and New Hampshire.  I started my yogic journey over 35 years ago on top of Merchant’s Bank in Burlington, Vermont.  35 years later, I am back in New England with a variety of shiny new treasures in my chest.  Loving the idea that I get to share these gems with all of you!