About Us

Mission Statement:

Heart and Sole Yoga’s philosophy is that everybody deserves to move to their ability. We offer yoga and Nia to everybody, regardless of shape, size, level of fitness, or mobility; essentially everyBODY.  Our goal is to serve the community by creating a nurturing space where you can breathe, quiet your thoughts, and experience your body through yoga, movement and meditation. We offer classes that are taught in various styles for all levels and ages.  Each class will encompass elements that promote balance, strength, flexibility, and peace.



lisaLisa Sandin RYT 500 is the Director of Heart and Sole Yoga 

NPR This I Believe Story

Born with a birth defect, Lisa began doing yoga as a child to strengthen her deformed arm and shoulder. Four decades later, she returned to the mat seeking strength, flexibility and stress relief. Rediscovering her passion for yoga and the immense benefits to the body, mind and spirit she went on to become a certified instructor. Lisa completed her 200 hour teacher training in August 2008 with Sandy Carden at Union Yoga.  There she learned an eclectic approach to yoga, studying several styles and incorporating poses from many traditions. Her own physical limitations give Lisa insight into adapting poses to meet individual physical needs. Lisa shared her story, I Am Not My Body on National Public Radio’s program This I Believe and was featured in the USA Today Magazine and published in This I Believe II. Lisa’s personal philosophy is, “Moving into poses at my body’s ability today, in this moment without judgment, focusing on its strengths rather than its limitations helps me to receive benefits from every pose.” 

Completing her advanced 500 hour yoga teacher training in January 2012, Lisa’s focus is to bring yoga to all bodies, including those that are physically challenged, aging, or recovering from illness.  Additionally, Lisa received her certification in teaching Yin Yoga from Bernie Clark in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada in May 2015.  The yin practice includes powerful mental and emotional benefits as its practitioner becomes quiet, still and mindful of the present.  "I love Yin yoga because this style of yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia."  

Wanting to explore other styles of movement which are healing to the body, and intrigued by Nia's roots in martial arts, dance arts and healing arts Lisa began taking Nia classes in February 2011.  Experiencing the healing power of Nia first hand, Lisa completed her White Belt certification in June 2013, her Blue Belt certification in October 2015, her Brown Belt in July 2016 and her Green Belt in June 2017.  Lisa is delighted to teach and practice Nia.  "Nia is much more than an aerobic fitness class; Nia is a playful, integrative practice for your body, mind, and spirit."  Nia is a holistic workout experience where a joyful healing sensation is manifested through your body.  "Using mindful movements set to music, we embrace being present in our body to foster physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being." For more information go to www.nianow.com

Lisa is a twenty-five year resident of Big Rapids along with her family. 

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Gabi Hagen - RYT 200


Gabi began practicing yoga in 2016. After experiencing the benefits that yoga has to offer for the body and the mind, she decided to become a certified Yoga Teacher to deepen her knowledge and practice. She completed OmBodies' 200-hour teaching training program in February 2018 and is now an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. She is trained in Hatha-Vinyasa style yoga and has a strong focus on alignment and creative sequencing. Gabi has a dedication for making yoga accessible to everyone and enjoys using props in her classes to help students find the fullest expression of the pose. Gabi is continuing her education at Ombodies and is working toward her RYT-500 yoga certification. 



Timberly Boezwinkle was first introduced to yoga in 2006.  Timberly quickly realized that she had a kindredness to yoga, its teachings, practice, and philosophy.  At the recommendation of one of her teachers, she pursued teacher certification which she completed in 2008 with yogini sister, Lisa Sandin, at Union Yoga in the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula in Northern Michigan. 

Believing that yoga, mindfulness, and meditation can complement any aspect of your life, Timberly incorporates it into her professional life as a counselor and educator as a means of reducing anxiety, processing trauma, working through depression, building self-esteem and confidence, encouraging personal growth, and visualizing good things.  She is looking forward to working with young people, helping them to develop a yoga practice that will enhance their athletic endeavors, and bring compassion, confidence, and self-reliance into their lives. 

Timberly is the mother of three daughters.   She is a long-time resident of Big Rapids, and a Ferris State University Alumni.  She enjoys crocheting, painting, gardening, reading, and baking, each of which she states, “Is a form of mediation.”

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“Me Talk Pretty,” Yoga Journal, August 2007

“Yoga for At-Risk Populations,” Yoga Journal, July 2008

The Daily OM:  www.dailyom.com

“The Four Agreements,” Author Don Miguel Ruiz

Pandora stations:

            Yoga Sanctuary Radio

            New Age Ambient Radio



TimberlyGeorge Nagel, Ph.D. Nagel has participated in a number of workshops, retreats, and training that make him an idea facilitator for these sessions. 

These include: Qualified MBSR Teacher, 8-Day Teacher Development Intensive, June, 2014, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 9-Day Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), January 2014, Center for  Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Vipassana Meditation Course 10-day Silent Retreat, Fall 2013, Illinois Vipassana Mediation Center, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led Silent Retreat, Fall 2013, Shambhala Mountain Center, 7-day Silent Retreat with Adyashanti, Fall 2013, Omega Institute, Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness Retreat for Educators, Summer 2013, Brock University, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training, Summer 2013, Center for  Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Summer 2012, Smith College, 8-Week Interpersonal Mindfulness Course and 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course.




Aaron Lahorra Biever, MovNat CT, ISSA CFT, FMS, NKT, Pn

Aaron began his journey into the world of health and fitness when his older brother forced him off a computer video game and made him run three miles. What began as a love/hate relationship with exercise and workouts, gradually evolved into a need for movement and a constant source of enjoyment.

Following an overuse injury during his first year of high school cross country, he began to explore alternative forms of fitness.  After dabbling in barefoot running, parkour, and simply moving about his environment, Aaron’s brother showed him an article in Men’s Health Magazine about Erwan Le Corre and his movement philosophy of MovNat.

MovNat soon became a great passion for Aaron, leading him to attend one of the first MovNat certification events in Orange County, California.  He now attends Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and is studying to become a physical therapist.  His dream is to one day open a facility that is both a MovNat Affiliate Gym and a movement based physical therapy clinic all in one.

Aaron currently owns and operates Fit by Nature Movement Systems, a practical fitness and corrective movement based training business. He works alongside Lisa in order help has many people as possible return to a pain free and enjoyable movement-based lifestyle.

His services include:
NeuroKinetic Therapy: An extremely effective system for discovering the root of pain and movement dysfunction. If you have chronic pain or nagging discomfort from past injuries, surgeries, or anything at all, NKT is a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgery. You can discover more about NKT at http://neurokinetictherapy.com/
Practical Fitness: Aaron trains people to lose weight, gain strength, pack on lean muscle, and build resilience all in a way that promotes the ability to actually function in the real world. With MovNat, one becomes strong to be useful, happy, healthy, and free. You can explore more on MovNat at http://www.movnat.com/
Precision Nutrition Coaching: As the premiere nutritional coaching standard in the industry, Precision Nutrition offers exemplary results that are almost completely guaranteed. Nutritional plans are personally tailored, real-life oriented, and easy to follow. It is well known that exercise is effective, but exercise with proper nutrition is more than three times as effective. Learn more about Precision Nutrition at http://www.precisionnutrition.com/

If you have any questions for Aaron, or would like to contact him directly about his services please visit his website at http://fnmovementsystems.com/ or email him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .