Tasted independence at 18, super ambitious at 22, broken and lost at 24, new beginning at 25, contemplation and total surrender at 27, gypset at 28, life is unfolding beautifully in 30s…
Hello! I am Chandni Jain.
It has been quite a wild ride, this life so far. Born and brought up in Delhi, after school, I moved to Chennai and later (took a transfer to) Bangalore for my graduation from National Institute of Fashion Technology. A few years of work experience later, I got back in learning mode and pursued MBA in Luxury brand Management from ESSEC Business School, Paris. I have worked in business consulting, brand management, digital marketing and CRM in luxury, fashion and lifestyle sector for about 10 years. Thus far, I have lived in 3 countries – India, Paris and Hong Kong and visited 12 countries.
This stretch between 18 and 30s was originally planned as a sprint to the finish line with 2 victory points – turning 22 (finish school and get a job) and 30 (have it figured out all – the loving husband, the kids (one boy, one girl), the solid career with a fancy title, the beautiful home, the worldly travels, the happy lifestyle – basically to have it all and be “successful”).
But, in reality, it was only in the second half of my 20s when I truly began to honour who I am. It happened after all the questioning, the learnings, the mistakes, the discoveries, the explorations, the frustrations and heartbreaks. It happened when I asked myself if the things I pursue (my career, my values, where I live, how I live etc.) are what I really want? Or am I being guided by social norms, cultural and family conditioning?
Am I living my truth or am I just a version of who I thought I should be? What is the truth? And if I am not all this then who I am? And what is my purpose?
After many life lessons and experiences later, I can wholeheartedly say I have never felt more comfortable being who I am today. I have always been someone who never wanted to prove anything to anyone but myself. And the good part about getting older is that I have stopped trying to do even that. It is a liberating gift to truly feel that the finish line and victory points I had once defined for myself — this 22nd and 30th mark — has faded away. The stopwatch has stopped and life really is just unfolding itself beautifully.
Each day is a new experience, an opportunity to continue learning, be curious, inspired, free, and be in awe from life’s abundant offerings.
Over last few years, I have discovered that I love travelling, trekking mountains, experimenting with yummy vegan food and teaching relaxing yoga classes. I long for the simpler things in life.
I started practising yoga in 2009 at Sivananda Yoga Centres in Gurgaon. I completed the International Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (RYT 200 hours) in 2011 and Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (RYT 300 hours) in 2016 from Sivananda Vedanta Centre, Neyyar Dam, Kerala.
For me, Yoga is an inner journey to the self. Just being on the mat each day healed me when I was at the lowest of my low. That is where I met myself and regained strength, happiness, and health. Teaching yoga for me is about empowering people to heal themselves, be authentic, brave and free.
I went on my first solo travels in India in 2013. They were immensely transformative experiences despite having lived and travelled alone outside India. My trip to Spiti in September 2015 was yet another life-changing experience. Probably my first trip where returning home was hard and almost anticlimactic.
Ever since I have been travelling extensively in India. My travel style is all about accepting the call of adventure and surrendering to the unknown. This magical journey of discovering new friends and exploring beautiful places gives me immense joy, happiness, and fulfillment. It is a fun, compelling and empowering adventure. It is also fluid, open-ended and spontaneous. Sharing this love and passion with you all is something that satisfies my heart’s desire.
I deeply believe that travel, yoga and adventures are transformational and are a vehicle for social change.
In 2017, I decided it was time to take a break from work and pursue what my heart truly desires. That’s how Gypsy Moon took shape – out of my love for travel, yoga, adventures, the places I have seen, the people I have met, the food I have experienced, the places (outside and within) I have yet to explore and make a positive impact on local communities. I live it, breathe it and all ideas and inspirations have evolved from first-hand experiences on the mat and the road.
Would like to get in touch? Share your ideas, thoughts, suggestions or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter/Instagram @chandnijain. I’d love to hear from you!