Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Training Courses

Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM®

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 accessible to 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.).

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 stretches. At the end of the training course, trainees will have the ability to deliver a complete Ayurvedic Yoga Massage treatment and will receive a certification or diploma.




The AYM Therapist Training is composed of 3 stages: Certified Practitioner, Therapist Diploma and the Professionalization Days.
Duration: 14 to 112 hours
 Program open to anyone


Fundamentals of the Method

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. The training is delivered as follow:

  • Module I (Introduction to AYM Therapy): 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.
    Participants can register for the Introduction to AYM Therapy (2 or 3 days), but it is highly advisable to register for the entire Certified Practitioner training (8 to 12 days). Priority is given to participants who register for the entire training.
  • 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).

After completion, the new Certified Practitioners will be able to deliver a fully customized AYM treatment.
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 reinforces and validates all the material learned in the AYM Certified Practitioner training.
Over 100 postures of assisted stretches and dozens of massage techniques performed with the hands, feet, elbows, knees and head are reviewed. New techniques are also introduced.
The AYM Therapist Diploma is awarded after passing a skills assessment.
Certification: AYM Therapist Diploma V


In-Depth Practice !

Professionalization Days put into practice and integrate the material covered in the Therapist Training. Participants provide massage treatments under Ananta’s supervision and receive individual feedback.
This is also an opportunity as a refresher course and for recertification (Revalidation of Certificate of Competency*).

 1 to 3 days (7 hours per day).
Pre-requisite: The workshop is open to AYM Certified/Diploma therapists for Recertification or any need of refinement of techniques.
Program: The key items focused on, include: flow of massage, time keeping, choice and sequence of stretches to meet client needs, refinement, review and learning new techniques and Q&A. These meetings also help to create a community of AYM therapists.

* Recertification (Revalidation of Certificate of Competency): To maintain the validity of AYM certification, therapists must participate in a course of minimum 21 hours every two years (required to be listed on the Find-Therapist feature on the web site). This may include 3 Professionalization Days or any other AYM course.



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



You can attend one or several Therapist Training courses, as Ananta’s assistant to assimilate the pedagogy necessary to teach Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

Duration: 56 hours minimum.
Pre-requisite: AYM Therapist Diploma.
Certification: Authorized Instructor; will be awarded after the first or several assistantship periods, depending on skill level.


Transmission of the method

The Instructor Certificate enables the student to facilitate the AYM Therapist Training. It is taught in 3 parts that can be taken separately and in any order.

Duration: 108 hours (3 parts of 5 or 7 days each).
Pre-requisite: AYM Therapist Diploma and AYM Assistant Instructor.
Program: Training includes practice and theory –

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

Certification: AYM Certified Instructor I-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 I-VI




Understand, Integrate and Excel

Masterclasses provide additional knowledge of clinical anatomy and physiology on a specific topic relevant to the practice of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. They can be taken individually or in any order that suits your needs.

Duration : 6 hours per module (1 full day or 2 half-days).
Pre-requisite: open to students who have completed or are in the process of completing the Certified Practitioner or Therapist Diploma.
Program: A Masterclass offers both theory and practice concentrated on a focused subject (see list below).
Each class aims to provide a spotlight on –

  • Anatomy and physiology related to the subject are explored using a variety of approaches: multi-sensory exercises, palpation, coloring, moulding, etc.
  • An overview of pathologies frequently encountered in massage practice is given.
  • Reviewing relevant massage and stretching techniques.
  • Additional topics related to therapist’s professional development are also covered.


  • MC1 – The Pelvic Girdle and Lumbosacral Hinge
  • MC2 – The Scapulae Belt and Movements of Shoulder
  • MC3 – The Lumbar Spine
  • MC4 – The Thoracic Spine
  • MC5 – The Cervical Spine
  • MC6 – The Inferior Limbs
  • MC7 – The Superior Limbs
  • MC8 – Facial Massage
  • MC9 – Techniques of Body Mechanics
  • MC10 – AYM for Pregnancy
  • MC10 – The Physiological Systems
  • MC12 – Props and their Tricks

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 theirs 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, certificate or diploma are awarded at the end of the training.

*  The exact format & length of each course can vary slightly depending on location.
If you have any further questions about our training courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us!