Ananta Sylvain GIRARD


Founder, Therapist and Instructor

Ananta Sylvain Girard is the founder of the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and of the ARYM Institute. He has been working with the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method for over 20 years, as a sought-after massage therapist, instructor and spa consultant. Ananta has trained therapists for some of the finest luxury spa resorts along with Massage, Yoga and Pilates schools worldwide. His list of international clientele has also included top celebrities from the worlds of fashion and entertainment.

Ananta has spent much of the past 25 years in Asia—especially in India, where he learned massage, yoga and meditation from outstanding masters. In 1995, he had a pivotal meeting with Master Kusum Modak, developer of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method. Over the next five years, Ananta would learn the technique directly from Kusum, becoming her personal assistant and arranging over 25 therapist training courses. After all those years of initiation, transmission and empowerment, Ananta left India to travel the world, teaching and healing with the AYM method. He includes Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Bali, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, USA, Brazil, the Caribbean islands, and nearly all the European countries as ports of call on his incredible journey so far…

Ananta continually studies to deepen his knowledge as a therapist and instructor: From 2000-2010, he learned with Blandine Calais-Germain, French developer of the Anatomy for Movement Method; In 2006, he took classes on Biodynamics of Osteopathy with Dr. James Jealous D.O. in the USA; He attended various courses on Ayurveda, from a list of teachers including Dr. Deepak Chopra. Ananta also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI center in Mysore, India.

As an instructor, Ananta is thorough and precise, yet warmhearted and genuine. He is highly receptive to the individual needs of each student and class as a whole. With patience and detailed instruction, he guides students to fully understand techniques safely practicing them using the healing potential of mindful touch, deep breathing and assisted stretching.

Embracing both modern innovation and traditional Eastern wisdom, Ananta is transmitting the teaching of the AYM method with passion and devotion, under the blessings of his beloved teacher, Master Kusum Modak.

With all my gratitude to Master Kusum Modak