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  • The Benefit of Asking for Advice

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    While on a recent trip to visit my daughter in Seattle, I came across this hilarious plaque. It struck me as funny because my daughter's boyfriend had just talked about how frustrating it is when people ask advice and then do not take it. Here is my opinion on advice:

    People ask for advice to help identify their true answer. Personally, I have a panel of experts (close friends and family that I respect completely), who I bounce things off of. Each presents back to me their idea of what I should do, based on personal experiences and filters. Through this input, I receive the information and listen to my internal reaction. Depending on how it sits with me, I make an authentic decision based on my truth. Some people's advice makes me think, "Nope, I will definitely not do that." Another's advice might make me react, "Something like that." Yet another's might result in a, "That's it!" All are important to the process.

    Your advice may not be followed but it is just as important to the recipient as a tool to reach his or her own decision. Give it freely and without expectation.

  • What to Wear for Yoga: depending on the type yoga

    banner for special considerations blogWe hope you have found the previous posts about what to wear for yoga helpful. Missed them? Click here: bottoms, tops, accessories, fabrics. Today we are talking about what to wear based on the type of yoga you are doing, specifically Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram and Kundalini Yoga.

    What we wear for yoga depends a bit on what type of yoga we are going to do. While the basic requirements of maximum comfort, complete freedom of movement, not too loose, and wearing layers hold for all types of yoga, a few special considerations need to be taken into account depending on the style of yoga you are practicing.

    Determine the type of yoga you are doing

    Check the schedule to find out what type of yoga class you're attending. While there are many different styles of yoga, we will talk about the most common.

    Hatha Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga: Many beginner-level classes will either be Hatha or Vinyasa. Both are focused on coordinating movement with breath. Vinyasa, the most common type in America, is a little faster-paced and will involve more intense stretching, leg lifting and inversions.

    Iyengar Yoga: focuses on holding poses for longer periods of time giving you a chance to find your balance and appreciate the benefit of the stretch.

    What to wear: In the previous three types of yoga, the level of workout depends on how much effort you put into it. You may or may not sweat a lot. If you do not, then I would recommend wearing natural fibers like cotton or rayon from bamboo. They are supremely soft and enable maximum breathability of the skin. Having a bit of lycra or spandex in the fabric will enable the fabric to retain its shape and increase freedom of movement, while maintaining the unique benefits of the natural fiber.

    Love Yoga CaprisAshtanga or Power Yoga: These classes focus more on power and strength and involve constant movement between poses. Practitioners get a good cardio workout performing these poses.

    Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga class: The rooms are heated to approximately 105 degrees (40.6ºC) in order to induce detoxifying sweating. The heat encourages relaxing of muscles, which leads to deeper stretches.

    What to wear: For these high intensity forms of yoga, look for sweat-wicking fabrics to aid moisture management and keep the body dry. Most athletic clothing these days are made from nylon or polyester that has moisture management functionality. When you purchase these items, check the hangtag for details. With these types of yoga, less is more. Sports bras, crop tops or supportive bikinis along with small shorts are ideal for hot yoga. It is just too hot to wear long pants made of cotton.

    Kundalini yoga is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. It goes beyond the physical performance of poses by emphasizing breathing, meditation, and chanting. The Kundalini sequences can be very physically intense.

    What to wear: Tradition dictates that students practicing Kundalini yoga wear white, like the Wisdom yoga Pants and top to the right, representing light and divine energy. According to Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga, "A teacher wears white cotton clothing while teaching. White clothing makes you as a teacher look divine and represent light. The colour white represents the seven colours. Cotton is the flower of the Earth. It is good for your psyche, for your energy, and for your nervous system. Your way of dressing should be saintly and make you glow with grace."

    In summary, what to wear for yoga depends somewhat on what type of yoga you are doing. At Beckons, we believe it is important to wear organic cotton clothing for yoga because it allows for maximum breathability and comfort. If you are doing hot yoga choose our skimpier pieces. No matter what you wear to hot yoga you are going to remove it immediately and wash it. Remember, organic cotton is good for our planet and our bodies!

  • Testing Out New Product and Egg Salad Sandwiches

    peyton and I on mt princetionRecently my daughter, Peyton Prater, and I went on an adventure to test out our new fall Strength Long Sleeve T-shirt with thumbholes. It is supremely important to us at Beckons to make sure the garments fit well and move comfortably. Because it is in the middle of summer, we had to find a place with temperature fluctuations so we could get a good feel for how the bamboo, cotton, lycra fabric would manage moisture and various temperatures. We climbed Mt. Princeton in Colorado, a particularly rocky fourteener, on a beautiful day. Starting at 7:00 a.m. we were all layered up with tank tops, shorts, leggings, long sleeve tops, hats, mittens and an outerlayer. Through out the day we took off and put on all the layers repeatedly. At one point mid-day it began to snow. The new tops worked well, keeping us properly warm and dry despite the many changes in temperature and precipitation. Here is a better photo of the clothing, taken at the Colorado Gator Rescue near Alamosa.

    Becky and Peyton testing productThe best part about hiking is getting to the top and eating a glorious meal. We always bring the best food we can so that it is a great reward and respite before the descent. Our favorite top-of-the-mountain meal includes Boulder Chips, fancy chocolate and an egg salad sandwich. Now, this is no ordinary egg salad. It is the BEST! Here is the recipe:

    Best Ever Egg Salad Sandwich (makes 4 sammies)

    Thoroughly mix together the following in a medium sized bowl and spoon onto bread:

    • 8 hard-boiled eggs (peeled, cut up into small pieces, and put into a bowl)
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    • a few dashes of Tabasco Sauce
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • cooked bacon (and lots of it. I use about 1/4 pound)
    • Bread (any kind you like. I like hearty breads, like Oatnut)

    It is best to throw the bacon in at the last minute so that it is crunchy when you eat it. Enjoy! We always take these sandwiches on road trips so that we are never tempted by the road side food along the way. Bon appetit!

  • About Beckons Yoga Clothing

    childs pose with halterBeckons organic yoga clothing: Made to love, to last, to speak…and to give back.

    Beckons organic yoga clothing was created in 2006 by designer Becky Prater, a Denver, Colorado resident with a passion for the power of clothing… its ability to make people feel, dramatically alter how they act, and change how they are perceived.

    When Becky created Beckons, she did so with the goal of creating every garment to be her customers’ favorite piece by using color, organic fabric and intentional words. Having developed a passion for yoga and its ability to offer peaceful respites from her high-energy life, Becky decided to design a line of clothing that is extraordinarily comfortable, versatile, and representative of the yoga lifestyle. She creates clothing that fits comfortaby and does not have to be readjusted after each yoga move. The sizing is based on traditional women's wear so that you do not have to size up to fit in Beckons yoga clothing.

    Each Beckons organic yoga clothing garment represents an aspect of yogic life through the small intention tag that contains a word representing an intention, such as strength, grace, wisdom, integrity, love, joy, peace, courage or balance. Using the powers of attraction, we believe wearing these words on our bodies beckons this quality to our life. Learn more about Becky Prater.

    Our planet and its people are equally as important as our profits

    Being socially responsible is chief among our commitments at Beckons organic yoga clothing—as such, we manufacture locally and use only the finest, sustainable fibers and organic cotton. This ensures, not only that we are reducing our negative impact on the planet, but also that every single Beckons organic yoga garment is superior in quality, comfort and durability.

    At Beckons, we feel it’s important to support organizations we believe in, use our clothing for good, and support our local economy. We are an official member of both the Green Business Network and the Organic Trade Association, and we actively support the YogaSlackers, an inspirational group of yogis who perform yoga on a slack line and tour the country teaching AcroYoga workshops.

    Beckons yoga clothing donates all our end-of-season merchandise to charity organizations to ensure it is worn again, instead of lying in a land fill. Find out more about our donations to the Samburu Tribe of Africa and the Women’s Resource Network.

    Why wear organic cotton?

    When you wear organic cotton clothing you are wearing considerably softer, much stronger fabric. This is because growing and harvesting cotton without harsh chemicals results in a much longer, stronger fiber. The harsh chemicals vastly degrade the quality of conventional cotton.

    By wearing organic cotton, you are also respecting the planet. That’s because the growth of conventional cotton requires massive quantities of pesticides, which have a tremendous impact on our environment, destroying the land and harming the farm workers. At Beckons, the choice to use 100% organic cotton is 100% clear. Read more about organic cotton.

  • What to Wear For Yoga: Accessorize Your Outfit

    Beckons Yoga Clothing what to wear for yoga blog accessorizing your outfitWelcome back to our fifth installment of what to wear for yoga. Here are links to the past blog posts in the series: Intro, fabric, tops, bottoms. Today we are talking about accessories and all the things you need for yoga besides the cute and functional outfit.

    Accessorize Your Outfit for Yoga

    Typical accessories such as jewelry and scarves are not appropriate in the yoga studio and can get in the way of movement and inhibit your practice. Certain extras such as hair ties, YogaToes socks, and of course, your mat, will come in handy. Here is a list of key items to bring to yoga class. Continue reading

  • 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:

    1. A tree jewelry stand. I got mine from Urban Outfitters
    2. Sculpey Clay, which you can find at any hobby or art store, or by clicking here
    3. Simple wire to create the hangers
    4. Letter stamps and permanent ink from a craft or stamp supply store
    5. Oven for baking the clay

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  • 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 Tops

    Welcome 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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