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Chakra Enlightening: An interview with Veda yoga teacher, Margaret Doyle

Ever wanted to learn more about the chakras from a practicing yogi?

Perfect Potion and the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga have joined together to bring you an enlightening interview discussing the chakras with Veda yoga teacher, Margaret Doyle.

For someone who has never heard of the chakras before, can you explain what they are and how they function?

There are many levels that we function on. Modern science has discovered almost all that there is to know about how the food gets digested and absorbed how the oxygen is transported to every cell in the body, how wastes get taken away etc etc. But the yogis of old knew of a vast subtle energy system that is separate from but works in with all the other systems of the body.

The energy travelling in this system is known as prana and it is said to travel throughout the body in subtle channels or nadis. Chakras are places where there are cluster of these nadis.

The yogic texts inform us that the living entity residing within the body is covered by different layers of matter – earth, water, fire, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego and each of main chakras is an embodiment of one of these layers of matter. These chakras are located proximal to the spine from the base of the torso up to the crown of the head. While most of the chakras are active to some degree, our consciousness or what our interests are influences which particular chakras are the more active.

For example when the first 3 chakras are more active our concerns are more limited to a bodily level whereas as the energy rises to the more subtle chakras of ether, mind, intelligence and false ego our consciousness tends to gravitate more to the more subtle levels of compassion, love and spirituality.

What was your first exposure to the world of the chakras? How did you come across learning about them?

While there is a lot of literature in the yoga world on chakras my actual understanding of them comes from the ancient vedic yoga teachings as taught to me by my spiritual teachers His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa.

Was there a time in your life when you knew one chakra in particular was significantly out of balance?

Traditionally knowledge of the chakras and different regimes to influence them were solely for the purpose of raising our consciousness to a level of spirituality where we attain the goal of yoga – loving union with the Supreme. It is then and only then that we can have a perfect balance of the chakras where each one is functioning optimally.

As one develops one’s spiritual consciousness the lower chakras settle down and we are able to be more in control of our life and how we react.

Do you think people are starting to understand the importance of both physical and mental wellness, and therefore acknowledging the chakras as important to overall health?

The traditions of yoga have largely been culled down to just a bodily level. So that asanas which were originally practiced to get the body and mind into a state where we can meditate with ease for long periods of time are now used for our health alone. Similarly chakras which were acknowledged in a very rigorous system of mystic yoga now receive a great deal of attention in influencing one’s psychological make up. Some yoga scholars declare that any influence like this is largely psychosomatic.

What are your favourite ways to balance your chakras? Do you have favourite yoga poses for example?

As before mentioned the yoga practices of old to influence the chakras were very rigorous and practically impossible to practice in this day and age. Therefore now the best way to balance the chakras is through mantra chanting as taught by our teachers and experienced at ASMY.

Chakra Potions

Balance your chakras with these aromatherapy potions and create your own at home chakra balancing rituals.

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The Australian School of Meditation and Yoga is a non-profit organization with centres in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.The programmes of the ASMY are simple and enjoyable and can benefit everybody regardless of age or current physical condition. Their goal is to guide you to a more balanced lifestyle with an increased sense of wellbeing and vitality.

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Margaret Doyle

Margaret Doyle (Vrndavan Dasi), founder and director of Veda Yoga Teacher Training, has been teaching yoga asana and meditation since 1998. Margaret has taught in Hawaii, Philippines and India.

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Australian Essential Oils Blends

Australia has a diverse and unique ecosystem of animal and plant life like no other place on earth. The plants from which we have created our certified natural essential oils have incredible antimicrobial properties that are cleansing and purifying.

How to use your Australian Essential Oils Kit:
Place the following essential oil recipes into your aromatherapy diffuser and enjoy these beautiful Australian essential oil blends!

💧💧 2 drops Lemon Myrtle
💧💧 2 drops Tea Tree
💧💧💧 3 drops Blue Mallee Eucalyptus
💧💧 2 drops Blue Mallee Eucalyptus
💧💧💧 3 drops Broad Leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon Scented Eucalyptus
💧💧 2 drops Tea Tree
💧💧 2 drops Blue Malee Eucalyptus
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon-Scented Eucalyptus
This kit contains five 5ml unique Australian essential oils: Blue Mallee Eucalyptus, Lemon Scented Eucalyptus, Broad leaved peppermint Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle and Tea Tree.Plus we donate $1.00 of your purchase to The Australian Koala Foundation.  Buy now



Aromatherapy and Mindfulness

My First Mindfulness Experience

I would like to share with you a story which, to me, perfectly explains mindfulness.

Since coming to Japan I have become friends with a monk from one of the temples in Kyoto. Matsuyama-san always makes some time to speak with me. I love talking to him about life matters. One day I was feeling really upset and angry and I without realizing it, I was projecting my anger at him.

I said to him, “It’s ok for you to be calm all the time. You can mediate all day long, you have a beautiful temple to meditate in, but many people like myself are too busy, we have to go to work, we have families and we have all types of stresses that you don’t experience.” He always pauses after I speak. He took his time before speaking. There was a long, uncomfortable silence which I found disconcerting and frustrating.

On this one particular day, during a period of silence in our conversation, I became totally in tune with the nature around me. I could see the veins in the leaves of the trees, every single grain of sand on the ground; it was an incredible feeling. Then I noticed a small bird flutter by and land on a branch just above us. In that instant this tiny, little bird did a pee.

I was so excited and exclaimed “Matsuyama-san, did you see that! That little bird just did a pee, I have never seen a bird do a pee before.” He quietly turned to me and said, “Sal-san, see what happens when your mind slows down to the same speed of nature, you become aware of everything around you.”

From there he went on to explain that you do not have to spend many hours meditating every day to practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness every day in your job, in your relationship, with your food and the things that you do.

In recent years mindfulness has become quite popular as people become more aware of the benefits for mental and physical health.

Mindfulness can be described as deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you; in your body, heart and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.



Aromatherapy and mindfulness

Many people have made meditation and mindfulness part of their daily ritual. A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve our mental and physical health.

In this workshop we will explain why we should all practice mindfulness and how aromatherapy can be used to enhance your mindfulness practice.

During this workshop you will:

  • Discover the benefits of mindfulness
  • Learn how aromatherapy and mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Learn how essential oils can enhance your mindfulness practice
  • Examine the most effective essential oils for mindfulness practice
  • Have the opportunity to perform a short mindfulness session
  • Create your own personal meditation blend


This wonderful and illuminating workshop will be held across NSW, QLD and VIC.


Book your spot now for.
28th June 6-8pm Newtown 




Book your spot now for…
28th June 6-8pm Brunswick Street

Festival of Tibet

To further your mindfulness and meditation journey with Perfect Potion come visit us at the Festival of Tibet.

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop. Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. 

Perfect Potion does the Festival of Tibet

Date: 28th April
Time: 2 – 4pm
Where: Join us for a workshop at the Park Mez.

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop. Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth.

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