Ananta Sylvain Girard has been practising and promoting Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) for over 25 years as a sought-after massage therapist, teacher and spa consultant. Ananta is the founder and head instructor of the ARYM Institute (the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage), one of the most established institutions offering AYM training and certification worldwide. Currently based between India and Taiwan, Ananta is travelling worldwide to teach the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage training program and to provide treatment to an international clientele. Ananta has spent much of the past 30 years in Asia and South America, exploring massage, yoga and meditation with outstanding masters.
In Pune, in 1996, he had a pivotal meeting with Indian massage master Kusum Modak, the creator of the AYM method (Ayurvedic Yoga Massage). Ananta immediately embraced the brilliant AYM method, forged on the dynamic teaching of the yoga master BKS Iyengar. Kusum passed on her teachings to him over the next few years. He then assumed the role of assistant and collaborator of his great massage master. Together they organized dozens of AYM therapist training, which they gave in Pune and Goa (97-2001).
Since then, Ananta has been committed to promoting the AYM method, conducting training courses worldwide. To date, over 1,500 therapists have gained their professional qualifications with ARYM during training courses taught in Brazil, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and more.
Alongside the ARYM Institute founded in 1996, Ananta is also the driving force of the International School of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM (Ecole internationale d’Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM). Established in 2015, this non-profit organization was set up to promote the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method in France and supports certified practitioners.
Between 2000 and 2010, Ananta integrates the “Anatomy for Movement” method into its teaching under the tutelage of its founder, Blandine Calais-Germain, best-selling author of a series of anatomy books. He also taught Ayurvedic Yoga Massage at Calais-Germain’s training centres in Limoux and Paris during these years.
In addition, in 2007-2018, in the USA, Ananta attended the Biodynamic Osteopathy training (Phase I and II) with its founder, Dr James Jealous D.O.
Ananta’s teaching is generous, warm and technically precise. He draws on his rich experience in massage, anatomy and physiology, yoga and meditation. He invites us to discover and harness the healing potential of conscious, dynamic touch while remaining grounded in the original AYM method, which he teaches with the grace and blessings of his beloved massage master Kusum Modak.