Vanya Francis

Vanya Francis is a mother, yoga instructor, holistic health coach and holistic birth doula.

Vanya is founder of Cherished Life, a boutique yoga and wellness company offering compassionate care and holistic wellness for women and mothers-to-be. She is also creator of Cherished Tea, herbal organic iced tea for periods, pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond.

Deeply inspired by those she serves, Vanya's goal is to empower them to achieve greater self-awareness, harmony and wholeness of being. A culturally aware, life-long learner with a passion for health and wellness, Vanya is certified at the 200-hr level in both Classical and Kemetic Yoga, and has received multiple Prenatal Yoga certifications. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. Vanya received her doula certification through The Matrona and has been supporting women during pregnancy in preparation for birth for more than a decade. She currently serves as the Yoga and Meditation Professor at Spelman College. 

Off the mat, Vanya is a proud mother to two beautiful, light-filled children. Her work as a mother informs her light-hearted, compassionate teaching style and holistic care. Vanya’s gift as a teacher lies in her ability to create a safe, nurturing space for clients to heal, grow and ultimately thrive in their daily lives. She believes yoga is meant to positively transform our lives and relationships.