Vesna Peričević Jacob is a Bosnian living and working in Delhi. She is a former national level Basketball player who evolved into a Holistic Fitness Expert. She is a Physiotherapist, Author, accomplished Pilates teacher and Functional Applied Science Specialist. Vesna is also a Lifestyle coach, Motivational Speaker, Clinical Hypnotherapist & a Healer. This combination of skills makes her unique and involved with all aspects of Fitness and Wellness stressing on the Mind-Body-Soul Connection. She combines her skills with the expertise of the human body for a true wellness experience.
Vesna authored two successful books, “Work It Out Without a Workout” and “Fit to Fight” published by Random House India and is currently working on her third one.
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
I am from Bosnia, which was part of former Yugoslavia. Movement has always been a part of my life, I was a National level Basketball player, but my professional playing career ended at the start because of a serious injury. I am a wellness expert, physiotherapist, author, Hypnotherapist, Healer and motivational speaker.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
I started Vesna’s alta celo which in Esperanto means ‘Higher Purpose’ as I firmly believe that we all came in to this world with a particular set of gifts which enable us to touch the lives of others, and put us in touch with those who inspire, guide, and shape us so we can ultimately achieve our purpose, therefore everything in life connect us through our past, ancestors, experience, people and unite with the Divine.
Having said this, my focus still remains the physical aspect of Self, and through my knowledge, experience, and guidance I wish to continue helping those around me in a professional yet homely, and encouraging environment. So the Studio has been designed with the lots of care, attention to detail, and with lots of what are considered to be auspicious symbols from nature, as well as different philosophies like bees, butterflies, ladybirds, trees, bamboo, roses, angels, fish, Reiki symbols, shells, along with words of encouragement.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
I am not sure that I am a success, when I see the world and the possibilities in front of me, I feel I have a long way to go. I have been challenged every step of the way, the war that tore apart my country, the injury that ended my basketball career, leaving the comfort of my home to settle down and start a new life in India, so there have been plenty of challenges, but they have been a great education and helped me become stronger, and calmer.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
Proving the doctors in Germany wrong who told me after my injury and two botched surgeries that I will never walk without a limp, wear heels, do anything with movement.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Given how versatile my interests are, I could be many things, from a travel journalist to psycho-analyst to a lawyer all three very realistic possibilities.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
I have always looked up to my family for the values which thought me the core beliefs and principles should never get compromised regardless to the goal and through lives of great people like Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, I understood what that meant and Drazen Petrovic (basketball player) who was my role model and an example of hard work in spite of obvious talent.
What does the future hold for you?
I would like to keep on spreading message of holistic wellness and fitness and integrated movement and reach as many people as I can. Would love to expand and have holistic fitness centres, Vesna’s alta celo centres across the country making it available to more people.