Viktor Sergeyevich Boyko

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Viktor Boyko
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Born (1948-04-01) April 1, 1948 (age 66)
Ichki, the Crimean Region, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Fields Yoga
Institutions Yoga School of Viktor Boyko
Known for Restoration of the Patanjali's Yoga technology

Viktor Sergeyevich Boyko (Russian: Виктор Серге́евич Бойко; (born April 1, 1948, Ichki, the Crimean Region, Soviet Union) is a Russian yoga researcher and therapist. He uses the traditional Yoga Sutras of Patanjali within his own business,[1][2] the Yoga School of Viktor Boyko, which has several branches in Russia,[3] and is the founder of an online yoga forum.[4][5] His writings include "Yoga: The Art of Communication".[6]

Yoga business[edit]

Viktor Boyko formed his yoga business in 1993.[7] He first came to know about yoga from the novel "Razor’s Edge" by Ivan Yefremov, starting his own practice in 1971 using B. K. S. Iyengar’s book "Light on Yoga".[7] In the course of initial first few years, he continued regular practice of asanas uniting it with search and study of the available literature and communication with many Yoga enthusiasts from Crimea and Ukraine.[7] He taught Yoga to Russian composer Alexey Rybnikov and to Okudzhava’s relatives, to sportsmen and officials of the party, continuing to work on research and dividing his time between the family and Yoga.[7] In 1987, Boyko established cooperation with the Laboratory of Physiology at Nervous Pathology Clinic and with its Head Ion Moldovanu (at present the Physician-in-Chief of Kisineu).[8] This laboratory was under supervision of the All-Union Center for Vegetative Pathology (Moscow, Rossolimo Street), that was headed in those days by Professor A. M. Vein.[9] They organized an examination of Viktor during his practice using the Center’s equipment, also the cooperation with the Center provided him an opportunity to work with various types of neurotic patients and to apply the Yoga technology for their recovery.[10]

1989. The J. Nehru Cultural Center (the Embassy of the Republic of India) opened a Yoga group.[citation needed] It was directed by Lakshman Kumar, the first Yoga master in Russia.[citation needed] In 1991, by the initiative of the Embassy Secretary Mr. Ganguli, eleven students were selected, and after a month-long course of intensive study, Yoga Teaching Сertificates, signed by the Indian Ambassador in the USSR, Mr. Gonsalves,[11] were ussued for them. This case is still an unprecedented one.[citation needed] Between those eleven were A. Lappa, R. Amelin, K. Danilchenko, V. Fentisov, B. Arion and Viktor Boyko.[12] It was July 31, 1991.

Things turned out that on the same day, Tikhvinsky Executive Committee of People’s Deputies Council registered a small enterprise Center «Classical Yoga» that was founded by Viktor Boyko (Director), Boris Martynov (Sanskrit translator and chief accountant), Roman Amelin (English language expert) and Konstantin Danilchenko (programmer) respectively. The Center was located at the Research Institute of Physical Culture. It is the first official organization on the map of USSR with the word «Yoga» in its title.[13][14]

In 1988–89, Viktor Boyko taught Yoga therapy to the Second Secretary of the US Embassy in Moscow Susan Wagner.[citation needed] In 1994 and 1996, he was invited to lecture courses on Yoga therapy in San-Francisco, and in 2003 – in London.[citation needed] In the year of 2000, Autonomous Nonprofit Organization «Classical Yoga School of V. Boyko» was registered. It was renamed in 2005 and become simply «Yoga School of V. Boyko». In 1998, Viktor Boyko's book «Yoga: Hidden Aspects of Practice» was published. In 2001 «Yoga: The Art of Communication» (1st edition) saw the light. «Yoga in Questions and Answers» (Starklight Publishers) appeared in 2002 and «Yoga: The Art of Communication» (2nd edition, Moscow, reprint in 2006, ISBN 5-8443-0037-8) - in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Viktor Sergeyevich Boyko was born April 1, 1948, in Sovetskyi Raion, in Crimea.[7] Up to 1967, he lived in Simferopol, attending Industrial and Civil Engineering Department of Railway Technical School.[15] Since 1978, Boyko has been living in Moscow, and until 1999, he worked as a leading engineer at the Central Scientific Research and Experimental Design Institute for Engineering Equipment. In 1985 he acted in a short movie called The Burning Mysteries of the Century, that was shown as a newsreel some time later.[7]

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