Each week, we hear a new This I Believe essay - this time from Lisa Sandin. She knows her body isn’t the model of physical beauty our society prefers. But instead of allowing herself to be defined by a birth defect, Sandin believes her brain and soul as well as her words and actions determine the person she truly is. Sandin lives with her husband and their two college-age children in Big Rapids, Michigan. She owns Heart and Sole Yoga studio, where she teaches yoga and meditation to students with both able and alternately-abled bodies. Her essay was originally published in USA Weekend magazine.