Training Levels 1 & 2


Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Levels 1-2 is an intensive 38-hour training (minimum), which teaches you an extremely effective AYM sequence, and helps you develop your intuition as to how to adjust the method to suit client needs.

At the beginning of our training students find out what Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is and what it can do, as well as become effective practitioners, and learn how to improve as practitioners in the long term. The Level 1-2 training includes:  

1. Body mechanics: how to position your body and adjust the techniques to make sure you are working with ease, using your body weight rather than your strength. This will feel a lot nicer to your clients and protect your own body in the long term. Offering AYM feels wonderful for the therapist’s body, you warm up, breathe, move, and even stretch a little, much like an easy yoga practice (videos, and practical training in classroom)
2. Indications and contra-indications (for AYM treatments generally and for each specific technique), and safe and comfortable prone and supine lying positions for the client. Learning when and how clients’ bodies need to be supported, and what positions are appropriate for which clients (videos and practical training).
3. Learning how to respond to the sensations that we get from our hands/feet/other body parts that we massage with. We need to understand what the quality of the tissues that we are massaging is like, how we adjust the surface area and amount of pressure appropriately, and which body parts we can use to provide the pressure that the client needs with ease, without straining any part of our own bodies (practical training)
4. Similarly, we learn to interpret the feedback that we get from the soft tissues when we are stretching, and the client’s feedback, to understand when and how far is beneficial to stretch (practical).
5. Clear and effective communication with the client, building a trusting relationship that can help foster healing (videos and practical application in classroom)
6. Massage ethics (1 hour in classroom)
7. Hygiene (videos and practical application)
8. Business skills (videos, if any questions arise during the classroom hours we answer them, plus ongoing support after your training).
9. Advice on efficient use of your resources to help you develop and keep improving as a practitioner after your training (videos, printed resources, follow-up mentorship sessions)


The techniques that we learn in Levels 1 and 2 can be put together to form a sequence that will feel wonderful to clients to receive, and very effective in terms of its therapeutic benefits. It will feel fairly complete as a treatment (clients will feel like they’ve received a full body massage), as we will learn how to massage and stretch practically every part of the body.

After a full body massage you will be able to leave your clients feeling like they’re walking on clouds, and you will be able to help relieve the most common sources of pain, tension and discomfort in the body.

The practical part of this training is usually covered in 5 full days, while the online materials are available from 2 weeks before the start of the practical training and for one year afterwards.

What we cover

  • Learn effective communication skills, how to understand and be able to offer what your clients need
  • Learn the sequence to effectively massage the whole of the body.
  • Confidence to provide an effective massage, and to focus on all of the main areas where most clients need work the most
  • How to set up, organise and publicise your business

What we offer beyond the online and practical training

With all of our trainings we offer:

  • Two one-hour mentorship sessions in the two weeks after your training
  • Option to join our amazing value mentorship programme via Zoom, for ongoing support in real time
  • One year access to all training resources online
  • One year free student membership of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapists Association
  • Easy access to a supportive community of therapists. We invite you to organise treatment swaps with your peers locally (we have therapists practically everywhere in the UK and in a few locations abroad). When you receive AYM from other therapists you get embodied experience, and when you massage other AYM therapists they can give you incredibly informative feedback for your treatments. This is the best way to launch you towards being an successful therapist, with the kind of communication skills and touch that puts your clients at ease, and helps them feel amazing from the first ot the last moment of their session with you.


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Alistair Findlay, Level 2 Therapist

Just completed the AYM L1 / L2 training with Despina, I loved the relaxed atmosphere and her hands-on approach to teaching. It quickly became apparent that not only was Despina an amazing massage therapist, she was also a natural teacher which allowed myself and the other students to quickly gain… Read More
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Nawal Careem, Level 4 Therapist

Over the past two years, I have attended a weekend intro course, several 4-hour workshops and L1-2 courses with Despina. It has been just been amazing! Her teaching technique which is very hands-on combined with her knowledge and reassurance has given me confidence in my new found skill. I was… Read More
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The course with Despina was life changing for me. I had studied other styles of massage for a couple of years before this course, but I was growing to feel quiet disheartened with it all, restricted by the small number of massage techniques available, and restricted by using a massage… Read More
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A wonderful massage experience, I had a massage at the new venue at We Are Wellness. It’s a lovely room, very welcoming, clean and organised, felt super relaxed afterwards. I also did my level 1&2 with Despina, both courses were wonderful! Despina has such a lovely energy to her. The… Read More
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I first met Despina when I was pregnant and attended a pregnancy massage workshop so my partner could learn some massage techniques to ease some of the discomfort that comes with being pregnant. Despina was able to guide my partner with clear instruction and understanding, he was confident in massaging… Read More
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Filipa Pinto, Level 2 Therapist

Despina is a great teacher. I enjoyed doing L1-2 and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do this life changing course. I also believe this is the most complete and effective massage course I have done.  … Read More
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The trainer Despina is extremely knowledgeable and personable and I’d really say she goes the extra miles for her students. All the training I’ve done has been a huge learning experience and I feel I’ve gained so much from this experience. I love yoga massage, it’s definitely my favourite by… Read More
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Rita Petrova

I am so grateful to Despina for the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage level 1-2 course! I am very satisfied with the course for many reasons. First, the atmosphere was very friendly and supportive. The group was small, we were only 8. We learned theory, then tried to practise and swapped, asking… Read More
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Silvia Maquirriain, Level 5 Therapist

Despina is a 5 star teacher no doubt about it. She is welcoming, personable and very approachable. She is very generous too! Generous with her knowledge, her skills, her time, as well as all the yummy food she provided us with during the level 1-2 training! While she taught the… Read More
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This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of completing the L1-2 AYM training with Despina. The course is amazing and it was lovely to have an intimate and friendly group in a perfect space. Despina is an excellent teacher who made sure that we were all understanding the… Read More
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I followed my intuition only when I booked in for Despina’s course and how good that I’ve done! I wanted to improve my massage skill, find this school online and booked in for Level 1. Already on the first day of my training I loved it so much I decide… Read More
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Wow! Such an amazing experience, I learned much more than just a new massage technique, I felt like I spend 5 days in a perfect world, surrounded by beautiful and caring people, amazing vegan food and an a inspirational woman with a such an important mission Despina. From then I… Read More
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AYM will change your life! The best type of massage I’ve ever experienced. Despina and every other AYM therapist I have met are all such warm, compassionate and talented massage therapists. I have just completed my levels 1 and 2 training in AYM and it was an amazing experience which… Read More
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On the first day, there was a moment in time where I was wondering what I was putting myself through. However at the same time, there was something about the learning that was telling me that all I had to do was be patient. I have received great support during… Read More
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I recently completed my level 1& 2 training with Despina and it’s honestly changed my life. The training was very informative and Despina is such a patient teacher and a beautiful soul. The AYM community is so supportive and I feel I’ve made friends for life. It’s been a real… Read More
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Louisa Andrea

I recently completed the Level 1-2 training in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage with Despina and her team. I can honestly say it was an incredible experience. Despina has a very beautiful teaching style and made the group feel relaxed and acknowledged. The pace of learning was great. The lunches provided were… Read More
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Just an incredible experience all round! Really feel like I’ve learned so much from the course – I was too hard on myself at the start (and probably with the assessment too) but on reflection the techniques were so helpful and all the additional learning and knowledge has… Read More
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I can confidently say, this course is a true innovation in the fields of massage and alternative therapies. The quality of materials and skills I’ve acquired over the past two weeks have outpaced all of my previous training. As a therapist, this course really opened my eyes and… Read More