Founder, Therapist and Instructor
Ananta Sylvain Girard has been practicing the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method for over 20 years as a sought-after massage therapist, instructor and spa consultant.
Ananta is the founder and director of the ARYM Institute (the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage), has been devoted to teaching and spreading the method of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM). ARYM is one of the oldest institution of training in AYM offering comprehensive programs worldwide since 1996.
Ananta has spent much of the past 25 years in Asia—especially in India, where he was initiated in massage therapy, yoga and meditation from outstanding masters. In 1996, 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 Modak, becoming her personal assistant and coordinating over 25 therapist training courses in India. After an extended period of initiation, transmission and empowerment, Ananta left India to travel the world, teaching, healing and sharing the knowledge of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. His exceptional journey included Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Bali, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, USA, Brazil, the Caribbean islands, and many of the European countries where he trained massage therapists in some of the finest spa resorts.
Today Ananta continues to direct his energy teaching therapists and mentoring new instructors on their journey of exploration of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.
Ananta is the Founder and Honorary Member of the International School of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM, namely Ecole internationale d’Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM. Established in 2015, it is a French non-profit organisation (by law of 1901). The school represents and supports its graduates and certified practitioners and aims to promote the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage method worldwide.
From 2000-2010, Ananta studied the full Anatomy program under the tutorage of Blandine Calais-Germain, the French developer of the Anatomy for Movement Method. At the same time he taught AYM in Blandine’s Anatomy centers in Limoux and Paris.
In 2001, he attended various courses on Ayurveda, from Master teachers including Dr. Deepak Chopra.
In 2007-2018, Ananta attended Biodynamics of Osteopathy (Phase I and II) with Dr. James Jealous D.O. in the USA.
Since 2010, Ananta also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sharath Jois, Saraswathi Jois at the KPJAYI center in Mysore and Rolf & Marci Naujokat in Goa, 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