Vanya Francis

Vanya Francis is a mother, yoga instructor, holistic health coach and holistic birth doula. Vanya is also the founder of Cherished Life, a boutique yoga and wellness company offering compassionate care and holistic wellness during preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum.

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 folks 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 folks to heal, grow and ultimately thrive in their daily lives. She believes yoga is ultimately meant to positively transform our lives and relationships.