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 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.


We are committed since 1996 to delivering the highest standard of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage training to students. The ARYM Institute is a Platinum Training Provider affiliated with the IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists).


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 + 30 hours (20 massages post training practice), total: 86 hours
2. AYM Therapist Diploma: 56 hours
3. AYM Professionalisation Days: 21 hours refresher every 24 months

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

The Fundamentals of the Method

Duration: 56 hours in 8 or 12 days + 30 hours post training practice for the 20 massages delivery.
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 (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.
  • 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

In-Depth Practice and Re-Certification

Professionalisation Days put into practice and integrate the material covered in the Therapist Training. This is also an opportunity as a refresher course for any need of refinement of techniques and recertification every 2 years for former AYM certified students.
 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: Participants provide and receive the complete massage treatment under Ananta’s supervision and get individual feedback. 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.

*To maintain AYM certification, therapists must participate in minimum of 21 hours every two years (necessary to be listed on the Find Therapist). This refresher is ideally done by 3 days of professionalisation, otherwise by any other course provided by the ARYM Institute.


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.


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
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, 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 Excel

Masterclass series offers 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 offers 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, 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!