My dear friend, Adi Carter, sent us this great instructional video demonstrating transitions in slacklining. She is a key member of the Yoga Slackers, a wonderful, adventurous group of teachers who travel around the world teaching yoga, acro-yoga and slackline yoga. Check out the Yogaslackers website. In the second section, Adi is wearing the Love Yoga Capri in boysenberry and Love Shrug in charcoal. You make us proud, Adi Carter. Check out this slackline video vimeo.com/43669447
Beckons, People and the Community
I just wanted to tell you all how much I love my love yoga skorts! I got them for hoop dancing and they are perfect. I thought I'd send you the links to a few pictures. The skorts are awesome!
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.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.
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.Penina (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
Adi Carter has been a long-time supporter of Beckons. She is a member of the Yoga Slackers, conducting Acro Yoga workshops throughout the country. Thank you for sharing these incredible photos with us.
Adi is sporting some Beckons Love Yoga Capri Leggings both photos. You make us proud, Adi!
Her good friend, Kadri, shot these amazing pictures in Puerto Rico. You can find out more about Kadri at www.kadrikurgun.com.
The funny thing about clothing is that on rare occasions, you find the perfect piece that you wear until it is a shred. If that item is clean, it is on your body. Clothing companies bring out new garments each season, abandoning past designs quickly, so there is little chance of replacing a favorite piece. If we only knew it would become a favorite, we would buy one in every color that very season.
We started Beckons with all the favorites from our past: the perfect halter, cami, t-shirt and capri. We also love it when people ask us to reproduce something they have loved and need to replace. Denise Cook, Denver-based yoga instructor, came to us with the simple sleeves she had long-since worn out. They may not be the exact same as the ones she loved but it is our revised version of something missing in the market place. Please enjoy the love shrug. You have Denise Cook to thank for the idea.
Denise Cook teaches Vinyasa and Yin Yoga throughout Denver, including leading retreats and conducting teacher trainings. She helps students use their practice to find their inner passion in life. Please visit her website at denisecookyoga.com.
Beckons 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.
The 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
Chelsey Gribbon Magness, Jason Magness, Adi Carter, Dan Norgard and Sam Salwei, of the Yoga Slackers, have been great supporters and friends of Beckons. We love them dearly and welcome them for a visit any time they are in colorado. Chelsey is wearing the Love Lace-up Halter and Sam is wearing the Men's Intergrity Short.