Vanya Francis is a certified yoga instructor specializing in Prenatal Yoga, Holistic Birth Doula and Holistic Health Coach. Deeply inspired by her students, her goal is to empower them to achieve greater self-awareness, balance and wholeness of being. Vanya received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification under the instruction of Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati at Kashi Atlanta. She also holds a second 200-hour certification in Kemetic Yoga as well as Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga certifications having studied with Master Instructor Yirser Ra Hotep, Stephanie Keach and Sara Longacre.
Vanya received her Holistic Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, she will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. Learn more about her training and unique approach to health coaching here.
A culturally aware, life-long learner with diverse interests, Vanya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. In addition to her work as owner of Cherished Life, Vanya currently serves as the Yoga and Meditation Professor at Spelman College.
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. Vanya is both honored and humbled to be able to share in the gift of this community made possible by you.
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