In 2018 two sisters from Florida, Amanda and Krysten Vazquez, opened Medicine for the Soul Yoga on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It was a small and intimate studio with the intention to serve people from all walks of life with safe and affordable yoga and wellness. In September 2019, yogi and visionary Tom Sutherland acquired MFTS and under the founders’ intentions, grew the studio from a humble 11 classes per week to 45 classes with a team of over 30 instructors. Then in the spring of 2020, like many small businesses, MFTS was forced to close its physical doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, Tom transformed MFTS into a virtual platform, offering live classes and on-demand videos, and partnering with corporate clients in providing their employees remote wellness, yoga, fitness, and meditation classes.
In Summer 2022, Medicine for the Soul was acquired by friends and colleagues, Dr. Spring Cooper and Patti Lamberson. Spring and Patti are public health educators and researchers, and dedicated yoga practitioners, with extensive backgrounds in healthcare, education, and wellness. Spring is also an experienced yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience in the yoga and wellness business, and Patti is a Certified Health Education Specialist with over 25 years of wellness experience. Together, their vision is to grow the Medicine for the Soul platform and bring the benefits of yoga, meditation, wellness and a healing community to a wider audience. In addition to corporate worksite wellness partnerships, MFSY is now also partnering with non-profit and community organizations and local yoga studios to provide members with the opportunity to participate in in-person yoga and fitness classes along with a wider variety of online yoga and wellness offerings. As we grow, MFTS will provide additional educational and professional development opportunities, including social media internships, yoga and meditation teacher certification, nutrition and stress reduction workshops, and more!