Thanks for joining me! My name is Vanessa Barthelmes.
I haven’t alway been fit. In fact I have always been anti exercise. I loved dancing as a young child and always put on performances for my family.
When I grew older and began working a corporate job in Marketing I began to have issues with my back. In fact I had herniated disks and sciatica which is not nice at all!
That is how my yoga journey started. I began taking yoga classes at the local gym so that I could gain some relief for my back pain. Yoga worked wonders for me. I remember how proud I was the first time I was able to do crow pose. I was on top of the world.
After cultivating a regular yoga practice my back issues ceased and my mind was calmer. I decided to take on my 200 hour yoga teaching certification.
This is where my love of circus came into play. Across from the studio where I took my lessons was Sydney Trapeze School. I looked at the aerialists in complete awe. It wasn’t until a year later that I finally had the guts to try a class. I was so scared that I would not be fit enough to do anything.
Well thats where I was wrong. It was love at first sight or should I say “Love in the Air.” Aerial to me is not about exercise, being fit or even healthy. I go through phases where I literally eat Nutella non stop for several days. Aerial is about doing something that I love. It’s childlike play and brings me great joy.
Not long after I was married and moved from Sydney Australia to Florida. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we have a strict dress code. While this is ok in moderate climates, in the 100% humidity and 100 degree days dressing became challenging to me. Most of the clothes that met the modesty standard were generally winter or fall designs. That meant that the fabrics were heavy and the clothing is warm.
Thats when I decided I was going to make my own clothes. I found a few sites that had modest clothing but they all looked like daggy t-shirts with and elastic around the waist.
I had always loved designer clothes and I really did not want to start looking like a church mum from the 70’s. So I was lucky enough to receive a sewing machine for Christmas from my in-laws and that was it!
Between circus and sewing my hours were filled! Sewing to me is more than just creating beautiful clothes that make you feel good. Sewing is also a moving meditation. It allows me to get out of my head and into the moment.
In happiness and health,
Here are a few questions I frequently get asked.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Wollongong, NSW Australia (90 minutes south of Sydney). I moved to Sydney at 21 and immigrated to Floridas in 2017.
How long have you been doing Aerial?
I started acro yoga back in 2015 as part of my 200 hour yoga teacher training. This naturally transitioned to my love for all things aerial. I started Aerial Hoop also known as Lyra in 2015 after being introduced to this apparatus by my beloved instructor Sally Shaw from Sydney Trapeze school. I started performing at the age of 3 and attended Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, a selective performing arts high school majoring in dance.
What qualifications do you have?
Masters of Business, Diploma of Health Science, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Les Mills Body Jam Instructor, Certified Educator & Most of all certified Dog Lover
When did you start modeling?
I landed my first T.V commercial at the ripe old age of nine years old. My sports modeling career really kicked of in 2001 when I landed my first overseas magazine. I have been featured in Maxim, MTV, FHM, Ralph, GC, Cosmopolitan, Inside Sport and NAFA magazines just to name a few.
Why did you start a blog?
I love being creative and sharing my knowledge on everything I adore. Flexibility, dance, and aerial arts.
How tall are you?
I am 5’6″!
If you still want to get to know me more you can read my latest interviews here.