Ayurvedische Yoga-Massage Ausbildung

Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM®

Ausbildung zur AYM-Methode von Frau Kusum Modak weltweit seit 1996

Since 1996, Ananta has been passionately dedicated to teaching thousands of trainees from all over the world. The institute offers comprehensive programs to gradually evolve the practice of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

Our training is suited for everyone, including beginners and professionals of all levels. The method presents a complementary and enriching practice for health professionals (doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, etc.) and wellness specialists (masseurs, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors, etc.), as well as anyone with personal interest to massage family and friends.

No prior experience of massage or yoga is necessary. Our courses allow participants to discover and easily learn the method of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. Students will gain self-confidence by learning the skills that are necessary to integrate the massage flow with a series of assisted yoga-based stretches. At the end of the training course, newly certified practitioners will have the ability to deliver a complete Ayurvedic Yoga Massage treatment.

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We are committed since 1996 to delivering the highest standard of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage training to students. The ARYM Institute is IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists) Platinum Training Provider. By subscribing to IICT membership, AYM therapists can benefit from special discounted premiums and extended coverage on Public Liability and Indemnity insurance learn more


The AYM Therapist Training is 90% hands-on and 10% theory given in lecture form. The training also involves home-study, plus a post training practice period. The therapist program is composed of 3 stages:
1. AYM Certified Practitioner: 56 hours
2. AYM Therapist Diploma: 56 hours
3. AYM Refresher Days: 21 hours

After completion of the first 56-hour course, the newly Certified Practitioner will be able to deliver a tailor-made Ayurvedic Yoga Massage treatment.

To be an AYM Practitioner

Duration: 56 hours in 8 or 12 days
Pre-requisite: Program is open to everyone.
Program: The class is composed of demonstrations, hands-on practice of the massage sequences and stretches, enriched by instructor and participant feedback. More than 100 positions of assisted stretching and dozens of massage techniques (performed with hands, fists, elbows, feet, knees) are demonstrated. Anatomy, physiology and occupational health & safety, hygiene, infection control are given in lecture form. The AYM Certified Practitioner is awarded after passing a skills assessment. The training is delivered as follow:

  • Module I (Fundamentals of the AYM Method): the back of the body (back, arms, shoulder blades, shoulders, neck and back of the legs). Massage with hands and feet and a series of stretches for the back.
  • Module II: back review, the front of the body (legs, abdomen, thorax, neck and face) and a series of stretches, including legs and sitting stretches.
  • Module III: advanced stretches.
  • Module IV: the integration of the complete massage, and additional advanced stretches. An assessment of individual skills is made on the last day (clinic day).
  • Post Training Practice: 20 treatments (30 hours) and their report via the Massage Clinic Treatment Logbook

Certification: AYM Certified Practitioner I-IV

Validation of knowledge

Duration: 56 hours in 8 or 12 days.
Pre-requisite: AYM Certified Practitioner.
Program: The diploma course involves the review, reinforcement and validation of all the material learned in the AYM Certified Practitioner training. It introduced new massage techniques and series of assisted stretches. The AYM Therapist Diploma is awarded after passing a skills assessment.
Certification: AYM Therapist Diploma V

Refreshing and deepening one’s skills

Duration: 3 to 5 days (21 hours).
Pre-requisite: The workshop is open to AYM Certified/Diploma therapists
Program: This is an opportunity for already certified/diploma AYM therapists to: (1) refine their massage skills, (2) learn new stretches, and (3) get personal feedback.
The refresher course puts into practice and integrates the material covered in the AYM Therapist Training. Participants will join the ongoing Therapist Training (usually on the last days), allowing them to practice and review specific stretches and massage techniques. In this session, participants will provide and receive a complete massage treatment under Ananta’s supervision.

Some key items focused on, include: flow of massage, timekeeping, choice and sequence of stretches to meet client needs; review, refinement and learning new techniques and Q&A. These practitioner meetings also help to create a stronger community of AYM therapists.

Certification: Certificate of competency



The AYM Instructor Diploma is composed of 3 stages: Assistant, Certified and Instructor Diploma. Following the first stage, the newly Authorized Instructors (assistant) will be able to facilitate the Introduction to AYM Therapy on their own.
Duration: 56, 112, 168 and up to 350+ hours.
Prerequisite: AYM Therapist diploma, plus substantial practice of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.


The instructor trainee offers the opportunity to become Ananta’s assistant over the course of one or several Therapist Training. You will learn how to become a teacher by helping to facilitate the AYM training program.
Duration: 56+ hours
Pre-requisite: AYM Therapist Diploma
Certification: Instructor Trainee; Certificate of participation.

Transmission of the AYM method

The Instructor Certificate together with an assistantship period, teaches to become an instructor.
It gives an experienced AYM practitioner all the necessary tools and confidence to facilitate the program. This courses is taught in 3 parts. Parts 1 and 2 can be taken separately and in any order. Part 3 can only be taken after one starts teaching his own classes.

Duration: 108 hours (3 parts of 5 or 7 days each).
Pre-requisite: AYM Therapist Diploma, plus a reasonable experience as an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage practitioner.
Program: Training includes practice and theory –

  • Learning module transitions
  • Educational framework and scenarios
  • Practice and positioning analysis
  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • Professional ethics
  • Practice of Yoga and active meditations
  • Planning your career development

Certification: AYM Certified Instructor V; after successful completion of the 3 parts

Internship – Mentoring a small group of students of the Institute

Duration: 180+ hours
Pre-requisite: AYM Certified Instructor
Program: A post-internship personal work that will –

  • Act as liaison between the group and the Institute
  • Support of a group of students from the ARYM Institute in their career of practitioners
  • Follow-up of the student reports
  • Enhance practical experience

Certification: ARYM Diploma Instructor VI



Understand, integrate and practice clever

Masterclass series offer a good foundation knowledge on anatomy, physiology and pathology. Numerous topics are explored using a variety of approaches: studies of anatomical sketches, colouring, modeling, multi-sensory exercises, palpation, etc. Masterclasses can be taken individually or in any order that suits one’s needs.

Duration: 15 to 24 hours per module
Prerequisite: Open to everyone
Program: These CPD courses offer a good basis knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

  • Basic Anatomy 1 (15 hours)
  • Basic Anatomy 2 (15 hours)
  • Palpatory Anatomy 1 – The Trunk (24 hours)
  • Palpatory Anatomy 2 – The Limbs (24 hours)
  • The Spine (24 hours)

Personal safety for bodyworkers practicing on the floor

Program: AYM therapists, professional bodyworkers, yoga instructors Program: Each Self-Care Masterclass contributes to acquiring the necessary theoretical basis as well as the hands-on knowledge needed for a protective practice on the floor (Thai massage, Shiatsu, yoga, Pilates, etc). These aim to provide a spotlight on –

  • a specific body area
  • giving a basic knowledge in anatomy and physiology
  • offering an overview of practitioners and clients frequently encountered pathologies
  • reviewing relevant massage and stretching techniques during related practices
  • additional topics related to therapist’s professional development are also covered

List of the Self-Care Masterclasses:

  • MC1: Protect your lower back
  • MC2: Protect your shoulders and neck
  • MC3: Protect your thoracic spine and rib cage
  • MC4: Protect your knees and ankles
  • MC5: Protect your elbows, wrists and hands
  • MC6: Protect your perineum
  • MC7: Massage for pregnant women
  • MC8: Facial Massage
  • MC9: Props and tips

More Masterclasses to come! Do not hesitate to propose a Masterclass on a new topic.



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

The Therapist Training is 90% practical and centered around instructor demonstrations, 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. You will:

  • Be able to deliver a full treatment using deep tissue massage techniques with hands and feet.
  • Learn to perform series of assisted yoga-based stretches.
  • Avoid injury using correct positioning.
  • Understand indications and contra-indications for each technique.
  • Apply the principles of the ARYM Institute integrated approach of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, based on the method Anatomy for Movement™.
  • Obtain business advice on how to build clientele and manage a massage practice based on 22 years of experience.
  • Become familiar with and adhere to best practices of the method.
  • Introduction of new massage techniques and stretches, with ample time for students to practice by both, giving and receiving the massage.
  • A review of the prior techniques learnt.
  • Brief meditation at the start of each class and several relaxations during the day, to help focus and bring a sense of centering.
  • Q&A with the instructor.

Following session tests, certificates or diplomas are awarded at the end of the training.

AYM Certified Practitioner (I-IV): Certificate for first time participants.
AYM Therapist Diploma (V): Diploma for AYM Practitioners already certified by ARYM.
AYM Refresher course: Certificate of competency.

AYM Instructor Trainee (I-IV): Certificate of participation is awarded an assistantship period.
AYM Certified Instructor (V): Certificate (after successful completion of the 3 parts).
AYM Instructor Diploma (VI): The Diploma is awarded after the completion of the AYM Instructor Training.

Certificates of participation are awarded after each attendance.

The ARYM Institute is IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists) Platinum Training Provider.

By subscribing to IICT membership, our trained Therapist as well as “students in the learning process” qualify for special discounted premiums and extended coverage on Public Liability and Indemnity insurance learn more

Insurance coverage in more than 25 countries. You can subscribe to only one insurance that will cover you for several practices (Eg.: AYM, Swedish massage, yoga teacher, Pilates, etc.). Please refer to IICT approved modality list
Learn more about the insurance

If you have any further questions about our training courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us!