Jaya began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She leads retreats at Gaia House in Devon, where she serves on the teacher council, and teaches insight meditation and mindfulness retreats in the UK and internationally.

She has practised qigong with various teachers and is a qualified Holden Qigong instructor. Qigong supports Jaya’s own meditation practice and her online classes have proven popular with many meditators.