About Becky Prater

Becky Prater has been creating clothing since she was 8. She creates yoga clothing and lifestyle clothing for women and men using organic cotton and other sustainable fabrics. Beckons Yoga Clothing is made in the USA, in fact, right in Denver, Colorado. Becky also teaches the business of fashion at The Art Institute of Colorado.

What to Wear for Yoga: Picking the Perfect Pant

Beckons Yoga Clothing Picking the Perfect Yoga PantsToday we are talking about picking the perfect yoga pant. This is the fourth blog in a series of what to wear for yoga. For the previous three blogs in the series click here: intro, fabric, tops.

People often hesitate taking that first yoga class because they do not know what to wear. Most importantly, yoga clothing must provide full freedom of motion and make you feel good about yourself while you are doing yoga. Here are some key things to consider when picking the perfect yoga pant. Continue reading

Creating An Intention Tree

Beckons Yoga Clothing Intention Tree BlogHere is what you will need:

* A tree jewelry stand. I got mine from Urban Outfitters

* Sculpey Clay, which you can find at any hobby or art store, or by clicking here

* Simple wire to create the hangers

* Letter stamps and permanent ink from a craft or stamp supply store

* Oven for baking the clay Continue reading

I am Worthy of Love

Beckons Yoga Clothing heart shoe stringsSay out loud, “I am worthy of love.” Was that uncomfortable for you? Do you feel it is true? Does it feel forced? Did your internal tape recording kick in saying, “If I was thinner, smarter, wealthier, better looking, I would be worthy.” Whether you ARE worthy or not doesn’t matter. What matters is .  .  . that you BELIEVE you are worthy.

I just listened to a TED talk by Brene Brown called The Power of Vulnerability. You can watch this inspirational video here:

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

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Grandma Leila’s Caramels

caramels for blogGrandma Leila’s Caramels

Combine the following in a saucepan:

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter (must be actual butter)

1 cup agave nectar

1 cup heavy cream (plus 1 more cup of cream to be added once it is boiling)

Cook together until it boils. Once it boils, slowly add 1 additional cup of cream. Turn heat down so that it boils gently, stirring every three minutes until it is a caramel-y color, about 30 minutes. If you stir it constantly or cook it for too long, the caramels will be too hard.

After 30 minutes at a rolling boil, remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of good quality vanilla. Pour in a buttered loaf pan. Let set and cut into squares. I have had to make these several time to get them to be just the right texture. Experiment a bit before you plan to give them as a gift.

NOTE:

The type of stove you have will effect the cooking time of the caramels. I have a gas stove and it takes 30 minutes. Try cooking them for 30 minutes the first time and you will know whether that is too much or not enough. If it is too much the caramels will be too hard (like lozenges) and if it is not enough they will not set up enough to cut and serve (except in a spoon). You can reheat those that are too soft and cook them a bit longer in an effort to reach the proper caramel consistency. These are not the easiest things to get right but once you do, they are the BEST!

 

What to Wear for Yoga: The Perfect Yoga Top

What to Wear for Yoga TopsWelcome back to our series about what to wear for yoga. We hope to assist you in choosing the proper clothing for your yoga practice so that you can feel confident in the studio and stop making excuses for not going.

Yoga is meant to bring balance and peace to your life, to invigorate and strengthen your body. Your clothing should allow you to move freely, breathe deeply, and focus fully on the direction of the teacher and the movement of your body. If you are constantly adjusting your clothes or worrying about how you look, you are not wearing the proper yoga wear. Today we are talking about choosing the perfect yoga top.
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Be Limitless in 2014

limitless in 2014 by beckons yoga clothing Happy New Year!

Each year at this time we talk about goal setting. Some years back I decided to set an intention for my year, rather than merely setting goals. My original theme was Open to Receiving (you can read about it by clicking the blue link). I put no limitations on it and had no expectations. Initially I was thinking I was open to receiving love. But because I set no further directives, I began to receive all sorts of things: love, gifts, raffled items, wonderful advice, and new opportunities. I kept that theme for three years. Now, I am very comfortable with receiving. That is no longer an issue in my life.

After some intense thought on the subject, I have determined that my theme for 2014 is: Limitless!

Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds. - Napoleon Hill

I know that I am the one limiting my success and growth. Fear, expectations, insecurities, doubts, all limit me. I am happy to open myself to new opportunities, the next big thing, new friends, new challenges . . . to be limitless. Join me and let’s see what happens. Please share your limitless experiences on the Beckons Yoga Clothing FaceBook page.

 

 

Ana Bogusky Wearing Beckons Grace Hemp Sweater on Her Blog

Ana-Bogusky-beckons-yoga-clothing-hemp-sweater-one“I wear my sweater a bunch. It’s so cute and warm and it fits right in my tote bag so I end up taking it everywhere!” —Ana Bogusky

Thanks for including us on your blog, Ana! Here is the link to the post.
Ana-Bogusky-beckons-yoga-clothing-hemp-sweater-twoAna Bogusky, a Boulder, CO blogger, uses her blog to celebrate folks like Beckons who make things here in the US. She shared these adorable photos of her wearing the Beckons Grace Hemp Sweater on her site http://mrsamericanmade.tumblr.com

We truly appreciate your spreading the word about American made products.

What Do I Wear For Yoga?

Beckons Yoga Clothing What to Wear for Yoga blogHas “add yoga to my workout” been on your to-do list for a while?

Your excuse: “I don’t know what to wear.”

I want to make sure this is not your excuse. I am here to help. If you know someone in this situation please forward this blog.

This is the first blog in a series about what to wear for yoga. You will get one every other week. In this series, we will talk about basic requirements for yoga clothing, what fabric to look for in yoga clothing, choosing your yoga top, picking the perfect yoga bottoms, accessorizing your outfit and different clothing considerations for the different types of yoga. We hope this information provides you with some comfort in knowing you can step into a yoga class and learn without concern.

The point of yoga is to encourage calmness, control and flexibility. So, naturally, choosing your yoga outfit should be stress free. Following some basic clothing guidelines will allow you to focus on your breath, movement and postures, not your clothing.

Beckons-yoga-clothing-meditation-hoodie-jacketMain Requirements for Yoga Clothing

Ÿ1. Maximum comfort. Enables complete freedom of movement; must be stretchy, preferably a knit fabric with lycra.

2. Not too loose, so:

—Teachers can see your knee alignment and make adjustments.
—Your clothing stays in place when you are in an inverted position.
—You privates zones are not revealed, out of respect for fellow students.

3. Wear layers. It is important to begin with a warm, comfortable layer on top to help raise your body temperature to loosen muscles at the beginning of the class. This layer can be removed throughout the class as your body warms up. During Savasana (motionless relaxation at the end class), this layer will help prevent chills while you cool down.

4. Yoga is practiced barefoot. Socks are not recommended because you need your feet to grip (Gripping socks made just for yoga are available.)

Two Additional Tips About Yoga Clothing

1. Don’t fret about whether or not you are fashionable. Yoga is supposed to be about personal relaxation and introspection. Wear something that makes you feel good about yourself.
2. Always try out some practice moves before you leave home. That way, you’ll know for sure you can move freely in class.

We hope this helps you feel more comfortable and confident in the yoga studio. Watch for the next part in the series: Choosing The Right Fabric.

It’s Time for Pumpkin Cookies: Here is Our Recipe

Pumpkin Cookies by Beckons Yoga ClothingPumpkin Cookie Recipe

By Becky Prater (Adapted by Peyton Prater to use a whole regular size can of pumpkin, which is 1.75 cups)

Cream together well:

7/8 cup of butter
1 ¾ cup of sugar

Add to the above and mix well:

1 can of pumpkin (1.75 cups)

Then, add the following:

3 1/2 cups of white flour
1 ¾ tsp baking powder
1 ¾ tsp baking soda
1 ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp of salt

Heat oven to 375. Drop spoonfuls onto an un-greased baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown about 10 minutes.

When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting:

In a food processor, combine until smooth:

8 oz. of softened cream cheese
¾ stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ cups of powdered sugar

Curious Shoes for Unique People by Fluevog

 

First pair of Fluevogs for inspiration Beckons Yoga ClothingIn the early 90′s I was driving along a Los Angeles area road, heading out to the beach. I happened upon what I believe was the John Fluevog Shoe outlet. I bought my first two pairs of Fluevogs that day—neither one fit me. Above is a photo of the size 5 shoe (I am a happy 8.5). I just wanted them to sit on my shelf because to me they were ART. I have since purchased many pairs of the unique and amazing shoes.

Fluevog Shoes bought by Becky Prater of Beckons Yoga ClothingJohn Fluevog just opened a store in Denver Colorado. Mr. Fluevog himself, along with his beautiful wife, came to the grand opening. He signed these great blue suede shoes I bought. I have to give a shout out to my Cousin, Kris Deforest, and Aunts, Terrye Wiggins and Beth Kozlowski who gave me a birthday gift certificate to help purchase these great shoes. Check out Fluevog’s amazing shoes.