Giving of Yourself for the Holidays

Beckon Yoga Clothing yoga gifts of seasoned almonds November 05, 2012 5:20 AM

Christmas. What a wonderful, potentially stressful time of year. We all have so much to do and people to consider. A few years back a great book fell on my path called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a book written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann.

While the book was written to inspired business people, it changed my life in a few significant non-business ways. Wikipedia summarizes it well: Joe, the main character, embarks on a learning journey by meeting Go-Givers – friends of The Chairman. Through these interactions he learns of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:

The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. Continue reading

Why Buy Organic Cotton Clothing?

The word “organic” gets thrown around a lot these days in the marketing world, but what does it really mean? To us, it means using sustainable practices to make clothing that is not only comfortable and beautiful, but also has the least impact on the planet.

Beckons is whole-heartedly committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.

  • We promote the efforts of organic growers
  • We manufacture garments domestically (Denver, CO)
  • We recycle our shipping boxes and avoid using poly bags whenever possible
  • We embrace the triple bottom-line philosophy, caring as much about our impact on the world and it’s people, as we do about profit Continue reading

About Designer and Owner Becky Prater

Designer Becky Prater Peyton Prater and Jan BoddickerBecky Prater (center) is an inspired artist, a creative spirit, a yoga convert, and a career designer. Having worked for more than 25 years in apparel design—she’s created everything from wedding dresses and children’s clothing, to beachwear and dance costumes—Becky wanted to create clothing that reflects true intention, and founded Beckons organic yoga clothing.

Clothing has always been a passion of Becky’s—she noticed early on how much impact clothing had on her, and believes that our clothing significantly impacts how we perform in life. She began designing clothing at the age of four, expressing herself through fashions she made for her Barbie dolls.

Later, Becky learned to sew in 4-H, having her mother, Jan Boddicker (right), as her teacher. She would often design a garment on paper before school, and return home to find that her mom had taken the design and sewn it into a garment. She went on to get a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design and a Master’s in Marketing. Over the years, she has worked for consumer brands like Big Dogs and Boarder Patrol. She also created a line of children’s clothing, designed for a New York dance company, Complexions, and custom designed wedding apparel.

Enter yoga…

Becky took up—and fell in love with—yoga in 2005. She was particularly grateful for yoga’s ability to bring her serenity against a backdrop of a hectic, busy, demanding lifestyle. What she was discouraged by, however, was yoga clothing—she found there to be an overabundance of neutral colors, and the clothing all seemed suited for particularly petite women. That’s when Becky created Beckons.

Becky has comprehensively studied cultures and religion, as well as the psychology of color, to extract commonalities and inject aspects of universal “good” into each of her Beckons garments. She remains passionate about experimenting with color and fabric, and to this day, Becky personally designs every garment in the Beckons organic yoga clothing line.

In addition to designing Beckons organic yoga clothing, Becky teaches fashion entrepreneurship classes at the Art Institute of Colorado. In this position, she is able to share her expertise and daily experiences with design and retail management students, who, in turn, help her navigate her own business challenges and triumphs. Becky enjoys gaining fresh perspectives, and input on design, marketing, styling and social media from her students.

Becky’s intention is to design clothing that inspires you, as an individual, and makes you feel positive, powerful, and vibrant; clothing that is luxuriously comfortable, brightly colorful, and helps you speak your purpose. Learn more about Beckons organic yoga clothing’s clothing or Shop Now.

 

Weston Hall photographs Amy Olson and Irwin Kubilius in Beckons

Thank you, Amy Olson, for sending these incredible photos to Beckons – you make us proud. These pictures feature AcroYoga and Arial Dance performers, Amy Olson and Irwin Kubilius, doing AcroYoga on the beach at the Great Salt Lake. Amy is wearing one of Beckons original Love Lace-up Halters. Read more about Amy and Irvin following the photos.
Weston Hall Photo of Amy Olson in Beckons Yoga Clothing Love Halter TopWe wanted to share these outstanding photos taken by Weston Hall. Were these taken on another planet? WOW! Weston specializes in capturing people in ways you have never seen before. His site will blow you away. You have to check it out! The link to Weston’s website is: www.westonhallphotography.com
Weston Hall Photo of Amy Olson back arching in Beckons Yoga Clothing Love HalterAmy Olson teaches and performs AcroYoga and Aerial Dance for Aerial Arts of Utah, an Aerial Dance and Circus Arts company based in Salt Lake City, UT.  When she is not teaching or performing she enjoys giving massage, doing paddle-board yoga, hiking, skiing and gardening.  She blends her love of movement arts, healing arts and human connection into her classes, workshops and performances. If you live in the Salt Lake City area or find yourself there on a vacation, check out her wide array of classes. Paddle-board yoga sounds like a dream. You will find her site at: www.acroamazing.com
Weston Hall Photo of Amy Olson lifted in Beckons Yoga Clothing in Love Halter TopIrwin Kubilius is a certified auto technician, avid climber, skier, mountain biker and unicyclist. He brings his passion for building new forms to partner yoga and AcroYoga. He enjoys the challenge of working with a partner and sharing AcroYoga and the circus arts with others.
Thank you for sharing these photos with us. You are truly beautiful in your Beckons Love Lace-up Halter, Amy. Weston, we are completely honored to be featured in your stunning photography.

Beckons Donates to the Waldo Canyon Fire Victims

The Waldo Canyon fire burned 18,000+ acres of land; 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes, with 346 houses completely destroyed in the mountain neighborhoods west of Colorado Springs. This fire is identified as the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. Beckons is helping the victims by donating yoga clothing to those who have lost homes and all their possessions in the fire.

Women's Resource AgencyIt is hard to imagine losing everything. Even those homes that were not destroyed have experienced severe smoke damage. We felt like we had to do our part to help out, considering this is in our own backyard. Beckons is a Denver-based yoga clothing company. As a result, Beckons has made a large clothing donation to those who have lost all their clothes in the fire. Partnering with the Women’s Resource Center of Colorado Springs, Beckons organic cotton yoga clothing will be available at the Women’s Resource Center for any of the victims who have lost their homes and all their possessions or who have smoke damage rendering their possessions useless. The Women’s Resource Center is located in the Citadel Mall on the second floor. You will find Beckons yoga capris, yoga pants, yoga tops, and items that can be worn throughout the day, like organic cotton sweaters, dresses and skorts.

We hope the victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire find some comfort in our bright, organic cotton yoga clothing. Our hearts go out to all of you who have lost everything and we hope this helps a little bit.

It is What it is

People have a tendency to evaluate everything that happens, both good and bad. For instance, you wake up in the morning and stub your toe walking to the bathroom. This leads to the analysis, “Ouch! This is going to be one of those days. That is so frustrating! I hate it when I do that.”

You spend a good 5 minutes mulling over the event, fitting it into your mental system and having this event impact the success of the day going forward. Now, imagine if you stub your toe and think nothing of it – end of event, no impact on the day ahead.

The theme of my new year is to move forward in my life evaluating less. Cutting it out completely may take awhile. Two full months into my new method of living, I find that my mental activity is much less chaotic and drama-filled. I am no longer wrestling with the things that happen.
I hate the phrase, “It is what it is.” But, dang it, if that is not the best way to meet the things that happen to us everyday. Our fretting about them or analyzing them doesn’t change the situation.
Beckons Yoga Clothing Love Halter Top in Purple
Putting this into practice in my clothing design business is essential. Recently, I received some great Love Lace-up Halters back from the manufacturers (who I love.) One color combination that resulted in the best photo of the item, deep purple and butter, came back half with black on the reverse side rather than butter. So now, I have a batch of deep purple and black halters. Huh. Nothing I can do about it now – end of story. I will post the products on the site and see what happens. Indeed, I will step up my communication next time to minimize the error happening again, but for now. It is what it is.
Try this with me. Allow things to be without wrapping emotion around them. Let’s touch base in a few months to see how our lives have changed as a result. Keep me posted when you notice a difference.

Beckons Goes to Kenya

In July, Beckons partnered with Vital Yoga of Denver to bring organic clothing to the Samburu Tribe of Kenya. Micah Springer, co-owner of the flourishing Denver-based Vital Yoga Studio visited this colorful community, bringing along 100 pounds of Beckons clothing to give to the Samburu women. Here are a sweet photos of Penina, wearing her Beckons Yoga Top, and friends.

Beckons Yoga Clothing Donated to Kenyan tribePenina (far right) is wearing a Beckons organic cotton wrap. And, yes, she has the hang tag pinned to her boob. When asked why she did this, Micah wrote, “Not only did she place your label over her nipple, but she insisted on wearing it too small!”
Seldom do we get a glimpse into how we might impact others. I nearly cried when I read this next part. Micah shared more about Penina, saying, “She was so proud of her new/only top that she insisted on me taking photos of her with anyone who came around. The following day, while she was away from home, her house was robbed and they took everything! She told me that her new top saved her because she went out to show people and therefore was not at home when the thieves came through. They could have seriously hurt her.”
Thank you, Micah Springer, for sharing this sweet story with us. We are glad Penina is safe and so proud that she is wearing our top.
Micah and Desi Springer have chaperoned several groups of adventurers over to Kenya to experience the Samburu’s indigenous culture. They will be going again in March where they will take another batch of Beckons clothing and hopefully, a good bit of video of these great people.
The Samburu are nomadic pastoralist, raising cattle, sheep and goats, moving camp to support the needs of their animals. They are extremely dependent on their animals for survival. The Samburu people live just north of the equator in the Rift Valley province of Northern Kenya.
Read more about the Samburu people.
Read more about Micah Springer and her relationship with the Samburu People. 
Visit Vital Yoga online or stop by one of their two studios and take a yoga class. 
Denver: 3955 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303.477.8545
Golden: 1224 Washington, Golden, CO 80401, 303.279.3779

Vital Yoga and Beckons Bring Organic Clothing to Samburu People of Kenya

Beckons Yoga Clothing partners with Vital Yoga for Samburu TribeBeckons has partnered with Vital Yoga of Denver to bring their organic clothing to the Samburu Tribe of Kenya. Micah and Desi Springer, owners of the flourishing Vital Yoga, have developed a strong friendship over the years with the Samburu people of Kenya. Micah met this precious group of friends during her post-college travels around Africa. Over the past twenty years she has been working with this nomadic tribe, bringing several groups of adventurers over to experience their indigenous culture.

Samburu_people in traditional garmentsThe Samburu people are nomadic pastoralist, raising cattle, sheep and goats, moving camp to support the needs of their animals. They are extremely dependent on their animals for survival. The Samburu people live just north of the equator in the Rift Valley province of Northern Kenya. Lepakiyo is a leader for his region in Kenya and has recently traveled to Colorado to visit the Springer sisters. Because it is very difficult to ship / transport goods to this remote area of Kenya, Micah and Lepakiyo have escorted the 150 pounds of hemp and organic cotton clothing back to Africa on their recent journey.

Often we do not realize what our “good intentions” do to a community. I have been concerned with flooding an area with clothing only to displace the community’s dressmakers. It would be very sad if my good deeds actually were having a negative impact on the community. Lepakiyo has assured me that this will not be a problem. He has built many schools in his region and the clothing will be distributed to the students of his schools. He believes they will be very happy to receive the colorful items. You can see from the photos of his beautiful people, in their traditional dress, that they appreciate color as much as we do at Beckons.

Read more about the Samburu people.

Read more about Micah Springer and her relationship with the Samburu People.
Visit Vital Yoga online or stop by one of their two studios and take a yoga class.
Denver: 3955 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303.477.8545
Golden: 1224 Washington, Golden, CO 80401, 303.279.3779

 

Incredible Photographer and Great Model

Beckons Organic clothing sarah in yoga capriIn our recent photo shoot, our very skilled photographer, John Eisele of Ft. Collins, Colorado, captured this photo in motion. We believe it to be the most amazing photo of Beckons clothing ever. It helps that Sarah Culter Johnson, teacher at Montclair Elementary School and former Denver Bronco Cheerleader, is gorgeous, sweet and charismatic. We thank them both for providing us with such inspiring photos.