Welcome to the official website of Naturopathic Yogini Anastassia, Naturopathic Medicine graduate and Yoga Instructor.
Naturopathic Medicine, Yoga, and How I Got Here
I crossed the finish line of my academic race in May of 2014. After spending four years acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Biology I then spent an additional four years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where I earned the degree necessary to become a Naturopathic Doctor.
My journey to Naturopathic Medicine really began when I was very young. Born in Russia, I learned of many common natural remedies at an early age. My father made a hobby of studying herbal medicine, so we dried and stored plants and made plant extracts at home. In fact, most people I knew used natural medicine as much as they could. Doctors minimized dispensing prescription medication as much as possible, prescribed probiotics alongside antibiotics and avoided using pharmaceuticals with children if they could. Prophylactic measures were common practice – avoiding an illness today is much easier than treating one tomorrow. As far as I can remember being a Doctor was my very first dream.
During my final year of study I was a full-time Intern working at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic as well as the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic located at Brampton Civic Hospital – the first Naturopathic Teaching Clinic to exist within a hospital setting in all of Canada. I’ve been given the privilege to witness some truly remarkable things. I’ve seen people lose weight and keep it off, naturally. I watched people with chronic migraines become less dependent on their medications as the frequency of their attacks decreased. Digestions and complexions around me improved. I helped reduce dependence on pharmaceuticals and avoid unnecessary surgeries, and ease the suffering of those living with chronic pain – physical and emotional. I found my calling in helping others. As a friend once said to me, “this is your path”.
As for my love affair with Yoga, it began in 2005. At the time I was a National level Synchronized Swimmer representing the Region of Waterloo, and our coaches decided Yoga was an excellent way to cross-train their athletes. After this I practiced yoga on a casual basis, as school kept me fairly occupied over the next few years. It wasn’t until I graduated CCNM that I was able to really dive into Yoga – mind, body and soul. In early 2015 I officially became a certified Yoga Instructor.
It is my goal to combine Naturopathic Medicine and Yoga to make optimal health attainable and achievable for everyone. Your body’s natural state is one of health and vitality, and given the opportunity your body will move towards this state on its own. And of course, don’t forget to have fun along the way.