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Tap into your personal strength

Need a little boost of self-confidence this fall? POWER UP! The solar plexus chakra, also known as Manipura, is the body’s center of strength, both physically and emotionally. Located above the belly button and under the ribs, when this energy center is open and healthy it is responsible for balanced self-esteem, willpower, and a strong sense of self.

Lucky for us, there are specific foods, affirmations, crystals, yoga poses, and essential oils that are said to give your Manipura chakra some extra va-voom when you need it.

Try these simple implementations to benefit your core chakra so you can ignite the warmth within you.

Solar Plexus chakra-boosting foods:
Adding warm-colored foods like these to your diet can help ignite your core chakra… warming you up on the inside so that you can shine on the outside!

sweet potatoes
yellow and orange peppers
yellow pears
golden apples

✨ Solar Plexus chakra-boosting affirmations:
Daily affirmations can help boost self confidence, so try these each day to remind yourself just how awesome you are:

I am authentic
I am focused
I am strong
I am empowered
I am full of personal power

Solar Plexus chakra-boosting crystals:
Solar plexus healing stones include yellow stones like citrine, amber, yellow tourmaline and tiger’s eye. Place any of these stones on the belly in a laying down (supine) position. Take deep, meditative breaths for at least five minutes, visualizing a yellow light glowing and protecting you at the belly area.

Solar Plexus chakra-boosting yoga flow:

Fire it up! After some deep stretching, try a few repetitions of Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar). Once you begin to feel your body’s heat rising, consider incorporating different variations of plank pose (Kumbhakasana) and side plank (Vasisthasana) to really build the fire.
Check out a short sequence for confidence from yoga journal here.

Solar Plexus chakra-boosting essential oils:
The core chakra needs SPICE! Let YOUR inner-spice shine by adding any of these to your bath or shower or in a diffuser.*


Celebrate the full moon November 4th! Come enjoy an uplifting and inspiring evening right above our Newburyport location at the Phoenix Room! Sarah will guide you through a core igniting yoga and meditation followed by live music with Jenna Sarno, treats and warm fire tonic from The Juicery! Purchase tickets here.

If you haven’t heard, The Juicery has an amazing Fire Tonic that is PERFECT for rolling into the cooler months, keeping the belly warm and protecting the immune system. Find out how it is made here. 


*It is dangerous to ingest and/or to apply essential oils directly to the skin without proper knowledge. Please use discretion and consult a qualified Aromatherapy Practitioner for proper usage. 

Sarah Oleson

Sarah Oleson

Sarah Oleson is a Northshore based yoga teacher and International wellness retreat leader.
Sarah is a New England native, but traveling to new places is her true love...especially tropical places. After graduating with a Masters Degree in elementary education in 2013, Sarah decided to make teaching and traveling more of a lifestyle than a hobby. Yoga had always been a part of her life, starting from age 12 when her mother brought her along to yoga and meditation classes. Amazed at how yoga not only alleviated pain in the joints, but also created a freedom of expression and comfort in the mind and the body, Sarah wanted to take her practice and teaching deeper.
She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher certification with Frog Lotus Yoga International in Bali, Indonesia in 2015, training and teaching alongside some of the best instructors in the world. She also completed her Childlight teacher training, and is certified to teach ages 2-18. Sarah is also OM births certified to teach expecting mothers. She is completing her 500 hour teacher training this December in India.
Catching the "travel bug" and teaching all over the world has allowed Sarah to be constantly inspired by nature, spirituality, and the elements, linking movement, breath and life through the graceful practice.
Her retreats and workshops combine traditional kirtan, mantras, mudras, pranyama, and asana(poses)... deepening the full yoga experience. Her playful, energizing classes challenge the body while still relaxing the mind. Sarah encourages growth and interconnectedness of the physical and spiritual self within her students, and incorporates accessible levels and modifications for each individual. Sarah seeks to help others thrive by nurturing body and soul through yoga, and her hope is that her students will step off the mat and into everyday life with that same nourishment and balanced attitude.

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