Ananta Sylvain Girard has been practicing and promoting Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) for the last 25 years as a sought-after massage therapist, practitioner trainer and spa consultant.
Ananta is the founder, director and head instructor of the ARYM Institute (the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage), one of the oldest and most established institutions offering AYM training and certification worldwide. As the facility’s lead instructor, Ananta has been devoted to teaching the AYM method since 1996.
Ananta has spent much of the past 30 years in Asia — particularly in India, where he has studied massage therapy, yoga and meditation with several master teachers. In 1996, he had a pivotal meeting with Master Kusum Modak, the developer of the original AYM method. In addition to learning the method on a one-to-one basis over the following five years, Ananta took on the role of Master Kusum Modak’s senior assistant and collaborating partner to organise dozens of therapist training courses in Pune and Goa.
Since 2001, Ananta has focused on promoting the AYM method worldwide, travelling extensively to run training courses in international locations. To date, over 1,500 therapists have gained their professional qualifications at ARYM Institute’s training courses in cities across Brazil, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and more
In addition to ARYM Institute, which was founded in 1996, Ananta is also the Founder and Honorary Member of the International School of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM (Ecole internationale d’Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM). Established in 2015, the French non-profit organisation supports certified practitioners and has been set up to promote the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method Kusum Modak worldwide.
Between 2000 and 2010, Ananta completed the comprehensive Anatomy programme by Blandine Calais-Germain, the best-selling author behind the ‘Anatomy for Movement’ method. During this time he also taught AYM at Calais-Germain’s training centres in Limoux and Paris. In 2007-2018, Ananta attended Biodynamics of Osteopathy (Phase I and II) with Dr. James Jealous D.O. in the USA.
As an instructor, Ananta is known for his lighthearted yet technically precise and thorough style that builds upon his extensive experience within massage, anatomy and several holistic health modalities. Put together, the essence of Ananta’s teaching is to harness the healing potential of gentle touch, breathwork and assisted yoga-based stretching, all glued together by the AYM Method that he continues to teach with blessings by his beloved teacher Kusum Modak.