Manasa means 'Mind' and Ayurveda means the 'Science of Life'. It is a 5,000 year-old system for health and healing with origins in South Asia

One-in-four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. We offer the first specialist Ayurvedic service for mental health in the UK. 

Our services are led by UK registered mental health-professionals. We offer personal consultation, courses & workshops, and therapy & support programmes for mental health and well-being.

 

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Personal Consultation

Courses & Workshops

Therapy & Support

*For those on a low income or benefits, Manasa Ayurveda offers affordable access to our services*

 Diet

Diet

 Meditation

Meditation

 Lifestyle

Lifestyle

NEW 8-Week Holistic Wellbeing Course

The Manasa Ayurveda Holistic Wellbeing Course is a Holistic ‘Second-Generation Mindfulness-Based Intervention’ (SG-MBI). It applies the theory and practice of Buddhist Āyurvedic Counselling and Psychiatry (BĀCP)

This 8-week course includes an initial online consultation followed with a personal face-to-face consultation on the first session, practical learning of traditional Ayurvedic methods for physical self-care, behaviour and situation change advice (e.g. through diet and lifestyle counselling), and methods for developing concentration and insight (through a traditional personally tailored approach to mindfulness and meditation training). Learn more…

 Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis

Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis

 Ayurvedic herbs

Ayurvedic herbs

 Ayurvedic head massage

Ayurvedic head massage

Personal Consultation

We offer both online and face-to-face consultations.

SUPPORTED SELF-CARE

Our supported self-care programmes work to empower wellbeing.

THERAPY PROGRAMMes

We provide personally tailored programmes of individual therapy sessions. 


Manasa Ayurveda therapies embody traditional Buddhist Ayurvedic understandings of the mind, mental health and wellbeing. Manasa Ayurveda can work with everyone including people with specific diagnoses and problems such as:

  • Acute and transient psychotic disorders

  • Acute stress disorder

  • Acute stress reaction

  • Adjustment disorders

  • Agrophobia

  • Anorexia nervosa

  • Anxiety and stress-related disorders

  • Atypical depressive episode

  • Bipolar affective disorder

  • Bipolar spectrum disorder

  • Delusional disorder

  • Eating problems

  • Mood swings

  • Depersonalisation (derealisation) syndrome

  • Depression

  • Depressive illness

  • Dysthymia/dysthymic disorder

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Grief reactions

  • Hypersomnia

  • Hyperventilation syndrome (HVS)

  • Insomnia

  • Loss

  • Mania/manic episode

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Panic disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Psychotic symptoms

  • Psychosis

  • Schizoaffective disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Schizophreniform disorder

  • Schizotypal disorder

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Social phobia

  • Specific phobias

  • Stress


Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth…
— The Buddha

Manasa Ayurveda Service User Feedback

Mean scores from answers to questions on a client satisfaction feedback form from all clients to date; scored on a Likert scale (0-3).
The mindful, sensual, wellbeing impact of Ayurveda creates thoughts of the possibility of a healthier future...
— Amanda
For me a very positive well-being session. I hope to maintain a wellbeing attitude daily. I like the Ayurvedic approach
— Rajeev
Being able to verbally express my feelings around family life and circumstances has been mentally and emotionally de-stressing
— Claire
Today’s session was most helpful for me. Discussion on sleep, wellbeing and talking around my feelings helped greatly
— Simon

We are the first to introduce ‘Buddhist Āyurvedic Counselling and Psychiatry' (BĀCP) from Sri Lanka to the West. BĀCP is a new subject in the area of Buddhist Studies. It was developed in Sri Lanka over the past decade, and its practice has been recognized by the World Health Organisation (p.15, WHO, 2009; p.39, WHO, 2012).

BĀCP has a strong theoretical basis grounded in premodern Buddhist and Ayurvedic texts which have endured for over 2000 years since around 400 BCE.

Our treatment methods include traditional Ayurvedic physical therapies, behaviour and situation change (e.g. through diet and lifestyle counselling), and methods for developing concentration and insight into reality (through a more personally tailored approach to mindfulness and meditation training).

Our Manasa Ayurveda consultant qualified in Sri Lanka at the Buddhist Ayurvedic Hospital within the Nagananda International Institute for Buddhist Studies (NIIBS). Our Ayurvedic therapies are also informed by the Neelamahara tradition; practiced for centuries within the Neelamahara Buddhist temple and surrounding village community in Sri Lanka.

 Buddhist Ayurvedic Hospital

Buddhist Ayurvedic Hospital

 Buddhist and Ayurvedic texts informing Manasa Ayurveda therapies, and their approximated chronology.

Buddhist and Ayurvedic texts informing Manasa Ayurveda therapies, and their approximated chronology.

Matthew Aldridge - Manasa Ayurveda Consultant

MA BSc(Hons) THORN BA(Hons) DipHE RMN Dip.Ayu. MFHT

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Matt first began to learn about Ayurveda in 1998 in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. He is now a fully qualified Ayurvedic Therapist and maintains regular contact with colleagues in Sri Lanka at the Manasa Ayurveda Hospital and the Nagananda Buddhist Ayurvedic (Teaching) Hospital. He has more than a decade's experience in Buddhist meditation and his work on Buddhism, mindfulness and mental health has been peer reviewed and published internationally. Matt has full personal indemnity insurance as a member of the FHT and is also registered as a Mental Health professional (RMN) in the UK.

Publications: 

Aldridge, M.A. (2015) Modelling Mindful Practice Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives 16(3):312-321

Aldridge, M.A. (2012) Addressing Non-Adherence to Antipsychotic Medication: A Harm Reduction Approach Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 19(1):85-96

Aldridge, M.A. (2011) Psychosis and the Three Refuges Middle Way: Journal of the Buddhist Society 86(3):225-230

Aldridge, M.A. (2008) Psychosis from the Inside (pp. 74-79), In, Clarke, I. Madness Mystery and the Survival of God O-Books Winchester, Washington.