Jayadhara (Jane Cluley)

About Jayadhara

My Yoga Journey

At university I began practicing at a weekly lunchtime yoga classes, then continued attending classes as I moved around the country until settling in North Yorkshire in 1983. Over the years I have worked in a variety of styles, including British Wheel, Iyengar and Ashtanga, and benefited from teachers such as Philip Xerri, Muz Murray, Donna Farhi, Mukunda Stiles Swami Vedantananda, and Swami Satyaprakash. In 1986 I was lucky enough to join an inspiring British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma tutored by Di Kendall and began teaching in 1988

After working with Swami Pragyamurti in early 1996 I was motivated to fulfil a long held dream of staying at an Indian yoga ashram.   From late 1996 – 2001 most of my time was spent at Bihar School of Yoga, India or travelling within the subcontinent. At the ashram I both studied yoga and imbibed the ancient traditions. It was truly a time of “living yoga”. The daily ashram routine involved karma, bhakti, raja, hatha and aspects of gyana yoga.

Other highlights from this time include visiting ashrams in many parts of India and attending the 2001 Maha Kumbha Mela at Allahbad. At the Mela I met radiant Himalayan sages, seers, sadhus, and yogis. It was a spiritual treat and opportunity for deep personal growth. My own inner journey still continues and is supported by my practice.

I am a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Tutor, hold an MA in Yoga Philosophy and am passionate about including all aspects of yoga and ancient wisdom in ways accessible to everyone. I regularly return to India, the home of yoga, for deeper understanding and to continue my personal journey.

Jayadhara is a spiritual name meaning ‘flow of victory’ given by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in 1996,  in the ancient Indian tradition a new name signifies that a seeker desires to go further in their practice and inner journey.

Shiatsu Training

I followed three-year training at Shiatsu in Sheffield and later at The Shiatsu College, Newcastle. The training included in-depth training in Zen Shiatsu, supported by its underlying foundations in Chinese Medicine. Areas studied included:

Inspirational teachers included Cliff Andrews, Carola Beresford-Cooke, Paul Lundberg, and principal of Newcastle College, Anne Palmer. After graduation from the Shiatsu School I became a Member of the professional Register of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS) in 1995.

Massage and Aromatherapy Training

I have ITEC qualifications in Massage and Aromatherapy completed one-year training at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London with Gabriel Mojay a leading authority on the application of Oriental Medicine to Aromatherapy.

My approach

I am committed to holistic healthcare and well-being. I offer individual shiatsu or oil massage with the optional addition of aromatherapy oils. I am especially interested in improving chronic conditions and working in the field of mental health. I adapt each treatment to the individual needs of my client taking into account what is required on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

My experience of yoga and other complementary modalities enables me to help give constructive advice on breathing techniques, exercises and stretches, to help you facilitate your own healing process. This builds on work already done in the treatment and allows you to take ownership of your own health outside of the treatment.