BUSINESS BUZZ: Teacher eager to roll out yoga mat – The Pioneer

Lisa Sandin: ‘We all need to take care of each other’

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BIG RAPIDS — With the future uncertain for many people due to continued concerns of the coronavirus, the owner of one local business is hoping to help her neighbors take a little stress out of their lives through practicing yoga.

Lisa Sandin, owner of Heart and Sole Yoga in downtown Big Rapids, opened the business about nine years ago after teaching with another studio for several years.

“My mother was a yoga teacher, so I have been doing yoga on and off all my life,” Sandin said. “My whole goal as a teacher is to work with people with disabilities, physical anomalies and aging bodies.”

Sandin explained while the studio offers vinyasa classes — a style of yoga characterized by performing different postures one after another and combining them with movement — she teaches many gentler classes for people in the community as well.

“There’s a lot of places for people to go that are for all able-bodied people, and I felt like I wanted to offer something for people who need a practice to fit their needs,” she said.

Although Heart and Sole Yoga has been closed due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders, Sandin said she is excited about opening her doors to the public and has tried to keep in contact with her regular students.

“I have many groups of students who I have been working with for a long time,” she said. “They are all eager to get back to the studio, but want to do it safely.”

Sandin said when she is able to reopen will depend on state guidelines, and she may need to reevaluate certain elements of the classes such as how many people can join each class.

“It’s also a question of how comfortable people will feel about coming back out,” she said.

While Sandin can’t roll out her yoga mat with her students and friends just yet, she said she loves working in the downtown Big Rapids area and has enjoyed watching it grow throughout the years.

“The biggest thing for me in opening the yoga studio was creating a sense of community,” she said. “I hope to be here for a long time yet to come.”

Now, with many locally-owned businesses temporarily closed, she said it is more important than ever for people to offer each other their support.

“We all need to take care of each other,” she said.