Vanya Francis

Vanya Francis is founder of Cherished Life, a boutique, Atlanta-based yoga and wellness company. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Instructor specializing in Prenatal Yoga. Deeply inspired by her students, Vanya’s goal is to empower them to achieve greater self-awareness, balance 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 is currently the Yoga and Meditation Professor at Spelman College and offers ongoing Prenatal Yoga classes at {sacred} thread yoga.


Off the mat, Vanya is a mother to two beautiful, light-filled children, Taraja and Tunde. Her work as a mother informs her light-hearted, compassionate teaching style and encourages her students to exercise the same deal of care, kindness and love for self as they do for others. Vanya’s gift as a teacher lies in her ability to create a safe, nurturing space for students to heal, grow and ultimately thrive in their daily lives. She believes yoga is meant to positively transform our lives and relationships.