Amy Olson Celebrating Fall with AcroYoga

Acro Yoga Amy Olson in Beckons Yoga ClothingAmy Olson, Kimberly Preston and Ben Bowen are doing Acro Yoga.  Amy is wearing the Beckons Love Lace-up Halter and Love Shorts. Amy and Kimberly both teach AcroYoga and Thai massage in Salt Lake City.  They can be found teaching at Aerial Arts of Utah and Yoga Upstairs.  Ben Bowen is a yogi and massage therapist in Salt Lake City who works at We Are Yoga. This photo shoot was taken by Weston Hall at Alta ski resort.

Thanks Amy, for sharing this great photo with #beckonsorganic!

Put Your Money Where Your Beliefs Are

September 29, 2013 I was honored to be a guest blogger on www.blackdogasana.com. Here is a reprint of the blog.

Beckons Yoga Clothing Spending Money BlogDame Julie Andrews (yes, from the Sound of Music), in a recent graduation speech at the University of Colorado, asked the college graduates to not only do random acts of kindness, but also do very deliberate acts of kindness, ones that represent their belief system and values. This involves some soul-searching and researching to find the best place to give your time and money so your actions match your value system. Such mindfulness applies to the way you spend, as well as donate, your money everyday. Each dollar spent strengthens the company you give it to. It is essential that we make our spending count.

One positive outcome of the recent downturn of the economy has been that people are making careful decisions about how they spend money. More people are intentionally spending money and supporting businesses that represent their values. Likewise, more companies are recognizing the need to stand for something and give back. For instance, apparel company All Saints supports an initiative to fight human trafficking and end modern day slavery. Prana Clothing supports a myriad of initiatives including helping entrepreneurs find a market for their technology. Tom’s shoes donates one pair of shoes for every pair sold.

Define what is important to you, do some research, and buy products from companies that support those same beliefs, be it products that are made in America or companies who support cancer research. One great resource for researching businesses trying to make a difference is Greenamerica.org’s Responsible Shopper page.

Make your dollar count by spending it with intention.

At Beckons Yoga Clothing, we try to make a difference by manufacturing in Colorado, where we live and work, creating jobs in our community. We use organic cotton and other sustainable fibers in our garments. We donate clothing each season to several worthy causes. We strive to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible. All the while, creating super comfortable, flattering and multi-purpose clothing for yoga and the lifestyle surrounding it.

Feel Beautiful in Your Clothing

Subconsciously we grab clothes out of our closet that make us feel good. It might be the color of the garment or the soft feeling of the fabric that draws us in. Perhaps we have something important to do that requires us to look business professional and one particular suit and blouse combination always makes us feel our best. With just a bit of thought we can make this a conscious effort and start off with a clear intention of feeling beautiful each day.

Tamar Ares, founder of Sitting With Souls, believes if we ask our BODY each day what it wants to wear and then take a moment to listen, we will experience a more fulfilling day wearing what is best for the upcoming day.  Give it a try and see what happens.

Perhaps you feel you have no sense of style? Feeling beautiful in your clothing creates your style. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether other people like what you are wearing, if it follows the latest trend or cost you a lot of money. Only you have to like it and feel gorgeous in it.

It is difficult to put a finger on what makes the perfect piece of clothing. It is seldom the newest, trendy item you just purchased. Most often it is the black tank top that goes with everything or the Audrey Hepburn style black ankle skimmer that puts a skip in your step. These perfect pieces enhance your good parts and provide the backdrop for other pieces in your wardrobe.

Tamar recommends asking this when deciding whether to purchase something or not, “Will you bring abundance to my life?” Then, give yourself a moment to feel/hear/understand the answer. It may take a bit to get this technique down, but it is worth trying to see how this changes things in your life.

I have always recommended not buying anything unless it is the best darn thing you have seen and you cannot imagine living without it. One of my favorite purchases is a short pink ruffled skirt that I found on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles some years back for $29.99. There are a plethora of stores on Melrose all selling the same cheap LA trendy merchandise. I had just proclaimed to my fellow travelers, as I often do, not to buy anything unless it is perfect. Thank goodness I happened to fall upon this fantastic skirt or I would have gone home from my trip empty handed. You can see that it has been the inspiration for many ruffle-y garments since. It was the perfect thing.
Imagine if you only purchased the garments that are perfect and make you feel beautiful. Why not? This should save you money and create a wardrobe that makes you feel great each day.

Thank you for being a part of the Beckons community. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer $20 off of your purchase of $100 on the site, now through August 15th. In order to redeem this offer, use the coupon code: summer2013 in the promocode box on the check out page.

Living With Intention

Beckons Yoga Clothing Living With IntentionBy Becky Prater

As seen on www.mylocalhealth.com/total_fitness/living_with_intention

We beckon things to our life through our thoughts, actions and intention. If we set specific intentions for our day, year, finances, career, partnership, or life, think about it and act on it, we are more likely to experience that reality. Motivational speaker and author Wayne Dyer agrees, “Our intention creates our reality.” The process involves taking focused time to come up with a plan and set an intention. It’s my belief that life spent with intention is a far more satisfying journey. When we begin our day anticipating joy, abundance, and love—that is what we receive. Continue reading

Beckons Adds Malas to the Tool Kit

 

Beckons yoga clothing carnelian malasWe have recently added seven chakra malas to our Beckons tool kit. At Beckons we believe color, words, stones, and clothing can be used as tools to improve our lives. To read more about using color as a tool for self improvement, click here.

Sarita, a Nepalese craftswoman, living in Denver, CO has made these beautiful malas for us, based on our desire to have one that represents each of the seven chakras. It is our hope that you will use these to support the chakra that corresponds to the area in your life you want to stimulate.

We will present a series of blog posts that talk about each of the chakras and how the stones and color of the 108 bead malas can support the chakras.

If you are not familiar with malas, a mala is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus, Buddhists and yogis of all religions when meditating, usually made from 108 beads. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, praying or mentally repeating a mantra (meaningful phrase of intention) so that one can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions.

Malas are typically made from seeds, wood, bone or semi precious stones. We have chosen to use semi-precious stones to beckon the healing energy of the stones to ourselves. We have created one mala for each of the Chakras so that each person can choose the mala that corresponds to the area of the body that needs support.

When mediating, one mantra repetition is said for each bead while turning the thumb clockwise around each bead. When arriving at the head bead or guru bead, one turns the mala around and then goes back in the opposite direction.

Beckons yoga clothing carnelian malasWhen not meditating you can wear the malas on our wrists like a bracelet or around your neck like a long necklace, currently trending now due to Downton Abbey’s popularity and presentation of early 20th century fashion. We also use them to stimulate an area of our home or workspace to bring change. For instance, if you place the mala intentionally in the far left corner of your office or home, this will activate wealth energy—we can all use this. If you are interested in activating the love energy of your life, place a mala in the far right corner of your bedroom or home.
beckons yoga clothing seven malasWhy 108 beads? There are many explanations. The number 108 is sacred in many religions. Swami Muktananda explains it perfectly, as presented by destinationom.com, when describing the heart as the source of the infinite and our connection with the divine and God. From the heart there are 108 MAIN nadis (veins) that go from the heart to all the extrimeties and after reciting a mantra 108 times you have purified your body. Go here for more reasons http://www.swamij.com/108.htm.

5 Ways to Show Someone They Are Special

By Becky Prater

Beckons Yoga Clothing You Rock blogIn 1972, Leo Buscaglia, an author and man I deeply admire, published a small book called Love. In 1984, I read Love, my first self-help book, and have lived by Buscaglia’s ideas of love ever since.

He writes, “It is possible for me, and not unreasonable, to love everyone with equal intensity and still have all the love energy I have ever had. There are a lot of miracles to being a human being, but this is one of the greatest miracles.” (Love, 1972). Meaning, you can love all people and never run out of love or the capacity to love.

February is the month to show people that you appreciate them and that they are special in some way. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that without spending much money: Beckon Yoga Clothing Hearts of Wool

Beckons Yoga clothing hearts of wool blog post1. Make 3-D hearts out of old clothing. My super talented intern, Maggie Aldworth, created these hearts from old clothes headed for the Goodwill, which she plans to give to each of her friends at school. You can fill them with lavender to be used as a sachet. These will help their high school backpacks smell great.

2. Write a note to someone special that is about the love of or importance of their friendship or support. Remind them how wonderful they are and thank them for their positive, supportive attitude. People do not send cards or letters in the mail much these days. Sending a note via snail mail will have a significant impact.

3. As in the first photo, find a rock (it does not have to be in the shape of a heart) and on it write “you rock,” using a Sharpie. Place the rock somewhere your loved one will find it on Valentine’s Day morning. If you are going to mail it, just use a flat rock. Who wouldn’t love to get that in the mail?

4. Celebrate by putting a chocolate heart (a wee bit materialistic) on your child’s pillow so that they find it when they go to bed that night or in the mailboxes or on desks at work. Teachers do this stuff all the time. I can assure you there is not a place of business where people wouldn’t be thrilled to receive the tiniest reminder that they are special.

5. On a piece of notebook paper, hand write:

You are special because . . . (fill in this blank).

That’s it. You do not even need to include your name. Just make someone’s day by acknowledging them in this small, personal, thoughtful way. Even those people who might not be your favorite in the workplace have some redeeming quality you can celebrate on this special day.

“I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy,” states Buscaglia (Love, 1972.) It seems like we are apathetic about others because we are so busy all the time. A simple act of kindness will remind people that we are grateful they are in our lives.

“What good is love that is not freely given? Love is always an active sharing. If one has love to give, he may impart it to all in the world and he will still have the same love he started with. We never lose anything by sharing it, for nothing is ever solely ours to start with. In fact, love acquires meaning only if it is shared.” (Love, 1972)

Does this seem impossible to you or very unlikely that you will reach out to people in this way? When times are tough and we get frustrated with our lives, this may be the last thing we want to do. However, by sharing love with others we tend to feel much better ourselves. Just do this for one person in your life and see what happens.

Theme for the Year

I am a goal setter. In fact, January 1st my daughter and I go to a locally owned, quaint coffee shop and spend a few hours reviewing the goals we set last year, making a host of new ones for the upcoming year. Here are a few from my 2013 list:Becky Prater's goal list for 2013

Pretty typical and uninspiring. The other problem is that they are not measurable and my goal list is too long to remember on a day-to-day basis. In fact, when setting goals it is essential that they are measurable so that they can be evaluated in the end. If you set out to “try one recipe a month” you will know whether you have achieved that goal. However, “get fit” is less helpful when determining if there is success. A better goal might be to “Lose 10 pounds” or even “trim down so that my clothes no longer feel tight.”

I have always made a goal list because I love this sort of thing and it serves a great purpose. However, once I read the piece about receiving in 2009, mentioned in the previous blog, I discovered that I wanted to approach each year also with an overarching theme to direct my actions through out the year. I then embarked on an “Open to Receive” year, setting an intention to beckon this to my life. Within two weeks I won an iPod at a tradeshow and received a large check from my mother who wanted to contribute to my business. I was expecting something along the lines of “receiving love from others” but was quick to realize how helpful my setting a theme of the year was and opened myself up to receiving anything and everything. Continue reading

Permission to Receive

Beckon Yoga Clothing blog about receivingFor those of us that are constantly giving of ourselves, it is difficult for us to receive because we call that “taking.” We have grown up with the adage, “It is better to give than to receive.” However, receiving must happen in order for giving to happen. Like breathing, you cannot take a breath without expelling a breath.

As I mentioned in the November newsletter, I read the inspirational book called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a super quick and impactful read, written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann. As a reminder, the story is about Joe who meets a series of people that teach him about the Five Laws of Success: Continue reading

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