Talking Broadly with Bodha – The Broad Place
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Talking Broadly with Bodha

At The Broad Place we became rather obsessed with Bodha’s elegant product and connected with the creator Emily to strike up a mutual adoration club of Japanese design, yoga and travel. Bodha and Emily both operate with absolute integrity, and it has been a pleasure to interview her for The Broad Place.
When we launch our online retail store in a few months, we are very proud to be stocking Bodha product, so stay tuned.

Where do you currently live?

Sydney, Australia

 

What drove you to launch your beautiful Bodha brand and when?

I’d always wanted to do something I believed in, and one thing I knew for sure was that when I felt connected to myself everything was easier and better.

 

I grew up around yoga, both my parents practised, and it was something that always helped me come back to myself.

When I discovered that the synthetic yogawear I’d been wearing was actually harming my skin I knew I wanted to create a natural alternative.

I had a vision for a modern wellness brand dedicated to making beautiful natural products. Three years on it feels like the dream is starting to be realised.

 

What has been your greatest challenge and also your greatest success with Bodha?

My greatest challenge has been me! The voices of doubt and fear in my head that are there every day telling me I’m not good enough and I should just give up. I read somewhere that ‘success is a battle between you and yourself only’ and I was like UH HUH!!!

My greatest success continues to be happy customers. I know that might sound cheesy, but when you find out someone is getting use and enjoyment from something you’ve created it feels pretty amazing.

 

What do you do to stay healthy and live a balance lifestyle?

I find having daily rituals really helps keep me feeling grounded. In the morning I tounge scrape and brush my teeth, have some water, light my incense and then meditate for 20 minutes. I sounds kinda funny when it’s written out like that but it’s simple and brings a quality to my day that I notice if I don’t do it.

 

How do you approach meditation?

I try to approach meditation as a process. After years of traditional Mysore style Ashtanga yoga I’ve learnt (the hard way) that there’s no ‘outcome’, nothing to achieve (in the Western sense of the word) – you just have to keep going and let yourself be tempered by the practice.

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Luckily I don’t really have a typical day. At the moment we’re working on a new wellness product made of ceramic so I’ve been learning all about glazing techniques, types of clay and the mechanics of heat.

 

What do you do daily that is non negotiable

Meditation and a good breakfast.

 

How do you define creativity?

For me creativity is about being vulnerable – sharing something about yourself with others. It might be the way you’ve written a letter, how you’ve arranged the flowers in a vase, something you’ve baked – whatever it is it has to be a little piece of you.

 

What brings you the most joy in your life?

Time in nature and with people I love.

 

What do you define as happiness?

A sense of purpose and meaning in your life.

 

What do you consider your greatest achievements to be?

Being with my Dad in the last days of his life.

Leaving a good job to start Bodha.

 

What qualities do you seek in people?

Authenticity and passion.

 

What is a saying or motto you live by or that is relevant to you right now?

Thanks to you my current mantra is ‘Everything is well and wisely set’.

 

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