Sommer met her handsome actor/writer husband, Rich, while still
in college in Vancouver. They married in January 2009, and Rich
started traveling to Los Angeles in pursuit of work. During one of
his prolonged absences, Sommer began to explore vegetarianism
and veganism. She explained, “My sole companion when my
husband was away was our Australian Shepherd, Hudson. A
question began to arise in me: Why do I love one animal but eat
another? Vegetarianism was familiar territory – my mom has been
a vegetarian since before I was born, and I spent my teenage years
as one. Now, as an adult and a spiritual seeker, I have come back
to this issue with a different perspective. I have decided to try to
live my life as an ethical vegan.”
Rich is now also a vegan and both of them share a commitment to
help out in the Los Angeles community: Rich has participated in
Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals for the past two years,
while Sommer has led the "Free to Breathe" campaign in 2011 and
the 2012 Yogathon for the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
This past year, Sommer led a group of volunteers from Yoga
Blend during the Great L.A. River Cleanup, which turned out to
be lots of wet, muddy fun!
Sommer still visits Vancouver often, and enjoys connecting with
her friends, family and former dance students. When she returns
home to sunny Los Angeles, she appreciates returning to her own
yoga practice, her teaching and precious time at home.
Jayne McKay is a writer, photographer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
When she isn’t working on her new film about travel, Jayne loves to hike, read, explore and
enjoy her daily yoga practice. JAYNEMCKAY.BLOGSPOT.COM
Find Sommer’s recipe for “The Bomb” Kale Ceasar Salad at:
I STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE
SUBTLE ENERGY WITHIN POSTURES
AND HOW TO ENGAGE THE MIND
IN THE BODY'S MOVEMENT.