Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Training Courses

Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM®

Method Kusum Modak taught by Ananta Sylvain Girard

Why AYM Training Courses?

Since 1996 at the ARYM institute, we are passionate about teaching Ayurvedic Yoga Massage to the highest standard. We offer a core curriculum, that can be repeated to gradually progress into the practice or the teaching of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

Our courses are intended for anyone interested in learning the Ayurvedic Yoga approach to massage therapy. The hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of the participant based on his/her specific background. Doctors, Physiotherapists, physical therapists, Yoga/Pilates instructors, bodyworkers, masseurs, physiologists and the like, will benefit from the training. Beginners are also welcome. Just as this course can serve as a useful tool for professionals; a novice can look forward to building a solid foundation in the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method. By the end of the first course, the participant will be able to begin offering Ayurvedic Yoga Massage treatments with confidence.

No previous massage or yoga experience/training required.


In all courses, a set sequence of massage strokes and stretches along with their indications and contra-indications are taught. This enables the student to learn safe practice techniques and gain the self-confidence required to establish a strong AYM practice.





This is the CORE CURRICULUM which includes the following training:

  • Introductory Module (I)
  • Practitioner Certificate (I-IV)
  • Practitioner Diploma (V)
  • Assistant Instructor Apprenticeship (part of VI)



  • Instructor Diploma (IV)



  • 12 workshops on specific topics



  • Days of collective practice



1 – Using correct position in order to perform precise and safe assisted yoga-based stretches
2 – Learning how to give an effective session, using deep tissue massage techniques with hands and feet.
3 – Understanding maneuvers and theirs contra-indications to avoid injury.


The Therapist Training is 90% practical, and centered around demonstration by an instructor, student practice, and feedback. This interactive learning allows students to experience the benefits of the treatment firsthand and quickly correct mistakes to learn each technique properly.

  • To give a full treatment using deep tissue massage techniques given with hands and feet.
  • To perform series of Assisted Yoga-Based Stretches.
  • Safety measures on how to position yourself to avoid injury.
  • Indications and contra-indications for each techniques.
  • Learn to perform series of Assisted Yoga-Based Stretches.
  • Understand Indications/contra-indications for a safe practice.
  • Principles of the integrated approach of Anatomy related to Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (based on the method Anatomy for Movement)
  • Business advice on how to build a clientele and manage a massage practice.
  • Best practices for AYM practitioner.
  • Introduction of new massage techniques and/or stretches, with ample time for students to practice by both giving and receiving. (removed each technique).
  • Brief meditation at the start of each class, to help focus and bring a sense of centering.
  • Brief meditation for centering and focusing at the start of each class.
  • Q&A with the instructor.

Following session tests, certificate or diploma are given at the end of the training courses.


Participate in our online Reflective Practice during and after a course: log your sessions, track your progress and development, and receive ongoing feedback from the instructor. (Logged sessions count towards additional hours on your course certificate/diploma).


The Core Curriculum comprised of the modules: Introductory, Certificate and Diploma


More than a discovery, an intensive introduction


(14 hours)

No pre-requisite: accessible to anyone regardless of past level training or experience.

This module is the essential foundation course and also called Level 1 – Fundamentals.
The Introductory module is composed of the 2 or 3 first days of the Therapist training. It covers the bases of the work related to the back of the body. The main techniques of massage strokes are taught. It includes : warming up with hands and deep stimulation with feet, and a first series of stretches for the back, shoulder-blades, neck and legs.


The foundation of ARYM Training


Total Contact Hours: (56 hours+)
The class is composed of demonstrations, practices of the sequences of massage strokes and stretches, followed by feedback.
Theory points are frequently introduced during class where necessary, to ensure that the student can provide a safe as well as effective session.

Formerly taught in 4 parts given on 4 weekends (Level 1 – Fundamentals 1 | Level 2 – Fundamentals 2 | Level 3 – Advanced | Level 4 – Therapist Certificate); the Practitioner Certificate (56 contact hours) in 8 to consecutive 12 days, in full and half days.

The first quarter covers the back and explained above in the introductory module.

The second quarter repeats the back and covers the front side of the body (massages and stretches). This includes front side of the legs, and the basic strokes for abdomen, chest, neck and face.

The third quarter of the training introduces the advanced stretches and techniques unique to Ayurvedic Yoga Massage that help you deal with a wider range of client needs. This includes Assisted Yoga Stretches for the back, legs, as well as seated stretches for the arms, back, chest, neck, etc.

In the last quarter the student learns to give a complete Ayurvedic Yoga Massage session, integrating the techniques learned. The complete AYM stretching series are demonstrated, and the student learns how to choose the most beneficial sequences for each client. The student completes the practitioner course (IV) with an individual test session preforming a full massage.

On completion of the course, the student is able to take part in the Reflective Practice programme: Logging his sessions online, tracking his progress and development, and receiving ongoing feedback from his instructor as he practices giving massages on his own. (Logged sessions count towards additional hours on your course certificate/diploma).

Certification: ARYM Practitioner Certificate.


Deeper study


(56 hours+)

Pre-requisite: Practitioner Certificate Training Course (I-IV)
The Diploma (V) offers 56 hours complete review, reinforcing all the material learned in the Certificate (1-4).
The training is completed with an individual test session.
Altogether from Certificate (I-IV) to Diploma (V),  students complete a total of 112 hours of comprehensive study on Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

Certification: ARYM Practitioner Diploma.


Assistant Instructor


(168h hours)

Pre-requisite: Practitioner Diploma Training Course (V)

The completion of the ARYM Instructor Diploma required directly assisting Ananta during at least 3 Therapist Training courses (3 x 56h (8 to 12 days) = 168h hours)
These 3 apprenticeships can be taken before, during or after joining the ARYM Instructor Diploma (VI).


The transmission of the method



108 hours + a minimum of 168 hours of internship*

Pre-requisite: L.5 Practitioner Diploma Course, a substantial experience as an ARYM Therapist and application to the L.6 Apprenticeship.

The Instructor Diploma (VI) course is open to AYM Practitioner Diplomas with a desire to teach the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method. The Instructor Diploma consists of 3 parts of 36 hours each (3 x 5 days) + and Apprenticeship*.
*It also requires an Apprenticeship (VI Apprenticeship), which includes directly assisting Ananta during at least 3 training of the core curriculum Therapist Training (3 x 56 hours = 168 apprenticeship’s hours).
The Diploma enables the student to progressively facilitate the ARYM program. The Instructor Diploma training includes instruction with effective pedagogical practices, pedagogy skills, massage and stretching techniques reviews, anatomy, physiology, philosophy and more.
After successful completion of a test comes the attribution of the diploma*.
The teacher can use the ARYM profile system to follow up with his future students.

*Certification: ARYM Diploma Instructor


Understand, Integrate and Excel



Pre-requisite: Workshops open to students who have completed or are in the process of completing the Therapist Training.
These focused learning modules can be taken individually or in any order that suits your need.

These single day workshops provide additional knowledge of clinical anatomy and physiology relevant to the training and practice of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. On the related Masterclass subject, the course aims to provide a overview of the pathologies frequently encountered in Massage Practice.

Each Module offers both theory and practice concentrated on a focused subject (see below). The anatomy, physiology, and pathologies related to the subject are explored using a variety of approaches: Multi-sensory exercises, palpation, coloring, molding, reviewing and analyzing relevant massage and stretching techniques. Additional topics related to therapists’ professional development are also covered.
Subjects include: Spine, Pelvic Girdle, Shoulders, Knees, Upper Limbs, Lower Limbs, Facial Massage and Cranium, Visceral and more in the future.
These are guided learning hours which will count towards the future accreditation of the ARYM Practitioner Diploma.
Modules of the Masterclasses may be taken separately and in any order.

A series workshops on a specific topic
  • The Pelvic Girdle (MC1)
  • The Scapulae Belt (MC2)
  • The Lumbar Spine (MC3)
  • The Thoracic Spine (MC4)
  • The Cervical Spine (MC5)
  • The Inferior Limbs (MC6)
  • The Superior Limbs (MC7)
  • The Facial Massage (MC8)
  • Techniques of Body Mechanics (MC9)
  • Therapist good practice (MC10)
  • The physiological systems (MC11)
  • The Accessories (MC12)



Practice is the key


Pre-requisite: Workshop opens to certified and diploma students
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

The professionalization days are workshops of practice, where graduated students come and give one or two treatments during the day, under the supervision of the instructor. It is comparable to the clinic day (the last day of the Therapist training opens to the public), but it has longest periods allowing the analyse and review of the treatment done, many revisions of the techniques and of course lots of constant questions and answers.

A student may also want to invite a patient, with whom he has difficulty in care. It will be taken as a case study by the instructor in front of the group.

Professionalization days are an great opportunity to meet up with other qualified practitioners, clients and to create a community of practice in you area.

*  The exact format & length of each course can vary slightly depending on location.
If you have any further questions about our training courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us!