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  • Six Steps to Developing a Unique Sense of Style: Self Evaluation

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    Welcome to Part 1: Self Evaluation.

    Thank you, Tracy Gnojek of Seattle, for letting us use your photo. We ran into Tracy in the Ballard neighborhood, shopping at Couch, and were super impressed with her unique sense of style.

    Let's begin the process of defining our style . . .

    Step 1: Take Stock of Who You Are (A.K.A Self Evaluation)

    First, we need to separate out what is true about ourselves from what we assume people think about us. What makes us unique from those around us? In an effort to identify the true self and self image, ask yourself the following questions, physically writing down the answers in a journal or notebook:

    Describe "you." What unique qualities do you bring to the world?
    What do I love to do?
    What does the outer me look like (appearance, clothes, speaking voice, mannerisms, and posture)?
    What does the inner me look like (personality, disposition, goals, and values)?
    Is the outer me consistent with the inner me?
    How do I want people to see me?
    When I look in the mirror, what do I say to myself?
    What are my best features?
    When I feel my best, I am wearing . . .. Think of the outfit you feel most confident in. Describe it. What is it that makes this outfit work for you?
    What I need to become is the real me, in the real world, making a real difference. What does this look like?
    Who do I admire most? If this person reflects something good in myself, what is it about this other person that I see in myself?
    I am complemented most for my . . .

    Keep these answers handy so you can refer back to them when you are choosing your clothing or having a tough day. After this personal evaluation, spend some time visualizing this real self and what that looks like. Write down five words you would like people to use when they describe you. Here are some possibilities:

    Eclectic
    Hip
    Grungy
    Appropriate
    Spunky
    Wealthy
    Intellectual
    Cultured
    Lavish
    Extravagant
    Trendsetting
    Thrifty
    Unique
    Girly
    Androgynous
    Consistent

    Rebellious
    Powerful
    Flashy
    Colorful
    Sophisticated
    Authoritative
    Down-to-earth
    Eco-friendly
    Playful
    Hippy
    Stylish
    Old-school
    Vintage
    Classy
    Eccentric
    All business

    Remember the goal is to develop your own sense of style. Know that your style changes and evolves as you do. You may actually want to look rebellious as a young person because that is exactly how you feel. Eventually, your look evolves into something vintage and eclectic, reflecting a new state of being. Thankfully, we have the opportunity to change it up as often as we want.

    Watch for Part 2: Take Inventory coming next week. We will begin by doing some spring cleaning, going through our closets to determine what we have, what we love, what no longer represents who we are and what we can do without.

  • Six Steps to Developing a Confident Sense of Style: Introduction

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     by Becky Prater

    It is not always the pretty girl with the expensive clothes and handbag who people admire and want to be like. Often it is the person who has her own unique sense of style, walking around not noticing whether she fits in or not. She wears what she wants and has that "look" about her that no one else has. Think Zooey Deschanel with her spunky vintage-inspired style or Rhianna wearing sneakers with a dress. To some people, this uniqueness comes naturally, but for others, we have to work a bit harder to discover our true self and thus, unique style. How does a person do that? In this series we will present a six-step process for discovering and developing a unique sense of style. Continue reading

  • 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!

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, raffle 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.

     

     

  • What to Wear for Yoga: Choosing the Right Fabric for Yoga

    Beckons Yoga Clothing choosing the right fabric for your yoga clothingTraditionally, yoga clothing is made from knit fabric using cotton, bamboo, nylon or polyester, along with lycra (spandex) for stretch and shape retention. There is no right or wrong fabric as long as it enables maximum movement and is comfortable. Fabric is mostly a personal preference.

    Natural Fibers: Many people choose organic cotton, bamboo or other natural fibers because the fabric is more comfortable due to its breath-ability and hypoallergenic nature. Natural fiber garments tend to transition out of the yoga studio better than made-made fibers. With the increase in chemical sensitivity, some people feel uncomfortable in, or are allergic to, man-made synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester.

    Man-Made Fibers: If you sweat significantly during yoga and are concerned about sweat spots, you may want to choose nylon or polyester with moisture management. The moisture management enables the sweat to be wicked off the skin and escape to the outer surface of the garment for fast evaporation. Continue reading

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