Skubko Alexey Yuryevich

Biography
Name: Skubko Alexey Yuryevich
Date of birth: November 16, 1963
Place of birth: Kiev.
Marital status: Married, 3 children (girls): 26 years old, 25 years old and 14 years old.

A few facts:
He studied at school number 19 on Podil, in a class with a humanitarian bias (in-depth study of subjects: English, social studies, history, etc.)
After school, he joined the army. He served in Germany from 1982 to 1984.
In 1987 he entered the University. T.G. Shevchenko at theFaculty of Oriental Studies and History of the Ancient World, where he studied in depth the history of Ancient India and its philosophical systems. In 1993, he received a diploma from the university with a degree in historian.
Since 1993 op 2000 engaged in various types of business.
In 2000, he began to teach yoga.
In 2003, he opened and headed the studio of Ayurveda Yoga Alexei Skubko (on Vinogrador, Kiev), which works to this day, the head of which is.
About the path that led Alexei Skubko to yoga, briefly from his interview for a personal site (2000): Myself a teacher

The classic question: how did it all begin?

– My first interest in yoga arose in 1975-1976, when I was in high school. At that time, information on spiritual practices was available only in the form of samizdat. It may seem unbelievable, but the source of many reprints on yoga was the Vydubychi Monastery. The acquaintances of my acquaintances communicated with the monks, and thus the texts of the famous masters Sivananda and Esoudian first fell into my hands. In1978-1979, I seriously injured the meniscus during judo classes and underwent surgery on my leg. A month and a half had to be spent in the hospital. Then I was sent to undergo rehabilitation physiotherapy at the place of residence. The head of the department, Vitaly Ivanovich Faletrov, became my doctor. This was one of those rare doctors whose knowledge was not limited to academic medicine. From him, I first heard about the existence of active points and energy meridians on the human body. Upon learning of my interest in yoga, Vitaly Ivanovich proposed to conduct an experiment: he helps me with yoga literature, but I do it under medical supervision. From that moment, every step of my studies was studied by all available medical methods. Thus, thanks to practice, to the army, I completely got rid of the diseases that had tormented me since childhood.

In the army, you also continued to engage?

– I woke up half an hour before the general rise to complete the morning complex of asanas. Basically, at that time I was doing the famous complex “Surya Namaskar”, which means “Salutation of the Sun”. After some time, I was called to a special department, where they explained that yoga was prohibited in the Soviet Union, since it embodies the ideas of extreme individualism, which contradicts the communist idea of ​​developed collectivism, and if I do not stop my studies, I will be sent to a psychiatric hospital.

And you stopped classes?

– Not. I switched exclusively to the “internal” work, which no one could notice, since outwardly there was nothing special in it. All the exercises were sent to me in letters by my girlfriend and Vitaly Ivanovich. After some time, all the letters were seized from me, but it didn’t matter anymore, since I memorized everything by heart. I did the main practices at the time when I went on guard, guarding ammunition depots, etc., it helped me to be in very good shape, increased attentiveness and maximum concentration saved my life during the attack on a secret object that we successfully defended I then escaped with only a minor injury and a few days of medical battalion, but officers, as always, received laurels and honors. Later, before the demobilization itself, I secretly trained officers and special forces in yoga skills, although we all took great risks.

How did events develop after the army?

– During the service I received a concussion, the consequence of which was facial neuralgia, which tormented me afterwards for several years, and earned gastritis. Therefore, having returned to my civilian life, I immersed myself in practice: it was necessary to save the body. At the same time, in order to better understand yoga and Indian philosophy, I entered the University. T. Shevchenko at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and History of the Ancient World. In the afternoon, he twisted nuts in a trolleybus depot, and in the evening he went in pairs. He practiced yoga early in the morning before work. I was fascinated by yoga in Iyengar, I began to devote a lot of time to asanas and pranayama, and forgot about internal practices for a while.

All weekend I spent in the historical library at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Higher education taught me a systematic approach and proper analysis when working with texts, as well as discipline and a serious attitude to the learning process, without which, it seems to me, it is impossible to achieve a result in yoga. I had to defend myself on the history of the philosophy of Sankhya darshan and Yoga darshan, thanks to this I carefully studied the Vedas, Rig Vedas, Aranyaka, Atharva Veda and other classical texts. But so yoga, even in 1993, was under an informal ban, I had serious problems at the University with this topic, although everything went very well at the department.

– How did you come to the internal aspects of yoga?

– I practiced asanas and pranayama in a fairly tight mode. However, over time I noticed that despite the increase in strength and flexibility, my health did not improve, on the contrary. I was haunted by the question: why, if in ancient texts it is claimed that hatha yoga is so powerful, most modern yogis experience the same health problems as ordinary people?

To better understand yoga and Indian philosophy, I entered the University
. T. Shevchenko in 1987 – At the Faculty of Oriental Studies and History of the Ancient World. Combining study and work, he changed different forms of training.

By 1995, having assessed my physical and mental state, I acutely felt the need for change. Vitaly Ivanovich recalled that internal practices had already (in the army) already saved my life, so why not return to them? So I did. Studying all available primary sources on yoga and medical literature, I began to monitor even more carefully how the performance of certain exercises affects me. In addition to subjective sensations, I constantly used medical devices; which led to the accumulation and distribution of energy – left that activated the expenditure process – stopped using. All indicators were recorded by me in the diary. As a result, I identified a small number of techniques that I decided to delve into.

Having looked at hardening from the point of view of yoga, I set out to make a stress-free hardening system, so as not to waste energy when hardening, but to receive. Already in 2000, having learned that a similar practice called “tummo” exists in Tibet, I began to dry my sheets in the cold after a preliminary bath in the ice hole. Gradually, as a result of practice, the natural temperature of my body began to decline. In this case, instead of discomfort, a huge surge of strength was felt.