Ananta Sylvain GIRARD

Ananta Sylvain Girard is the founder and head instructor of the ARYM Institute (Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage), the oldest and most established institution offering AYM training and certifications worldwide.

Ananta has been practising and promoting Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM), dedicated for 3 decades 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. Based between Taiwan and India, Ananta travels worldwide to teach the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage training program and to provide treatment to an international clientele. Ananta has spent most of the last 30 years in Asia, Europe and America, studying 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 AYM method. He got captivated by Kusum’s charisma and the great method she has forged ingeniously from the dynamic teaching of the famous yoga master BKS Iyengar. Thus, as Ananta became the massage master’s principal assistant and partner, Kusum passed on all of her knowledge to him over the seven years of close collaboration that followed (97-2002). During these founding years, they will organize together dozens of AYM training courses in between Pune and Goa in India.

Since then, Ananta has continued to be passionate about the AYM method, organized training courses, and shared his knowledge worldwide. To date, more than 2000 practitioners have obtained their professional qualification with the ARYM method during training courses given in more than 30 countries (Brazil, Belgium, Caribbean islands, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States…).

  • Ananta Sylvain Girard and Master Kusum Modak, the creator of the method Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

Alongside its work with the ARYM Institute in Mysore, India, Ananta also has a strong presence in Europe via the International School of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM, established in 2015 in Paris. A non-profit organization, it promotes the AYM method internationally and supports certified AYM practitioners.
Between 2000 and 2010, Ananta integrated the method Anatomy for Movement into its teaching under the tutelage of its founder, Blandine Calais-Germain. During this period, he also taught AYM at the Calais-Germain training centres in Limoux and Paris.
In addition, from 2007 to 2009, in the United States, Ananta followed the Biodynamic Osteopathy training (Phases I and II) with its founder, Dr James Jealous D.O.

Ananta’s teaching is generous, warm, technically precise, and firmly based on her long and rich experience in massage therapy, anatomy and physiology, yoga and meditation. Ananta invites us to discover and harness the healing potential of conscious and dynamic touch. To explore modern manual therapy techniques while remaining grounded in the original AYM method, which he teaches with the grace and blessings of his beloved massage master Kusum Modak.

With all my gratitude to Master Kusum Modak