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  • 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.

  • Afraid of Cashmere? Here's How to Care For It

    Beckons Yoga Clothing cashmere scarf and beaute neck sweaterI have heard a lot of people say that they do not wear cashmere because they do not know how to care for it. No need to fear. Here’s what you do:

    Washing cashmere: Even though the care label reads "dry clean only," it is best to hand wash cashmere. In fact, it will actually make it softer over time. Use a mild detergent like Woolite or baby shampoo. Press out the excess water, but do not wring the sweater. Instead, lay it flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries. It takes days to dry. To lessen the time, you can spin off excess water by putting the sweater or scarf into a large salad spinner.

    Storing cashmere: Never hang a sweater (of any kind) on a hanger. This creates shoulder dimples and distorts the overall shape of the sweater due to gravity. Instead, fold it nicely in a drawer. Because moths love to eat cashmere, like they do wool, throw a cedar disk into the drawer. You can purchase cedar disks at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target.

    Wearing cashmere: There is nothing quite like cashmere. Unlike wool, it does not itch or irritate the skin. Instead, it is very soft and luxurious. You can wear cashmere casually with jeans or to an elegant event with a velvet long skirt.

    Enjoy a touch of cashmere today and purchase a striped one-of-a-kind, made-to-order recycled cashmere scarf or Beaute Neck Cashmere Sweater from Beckons.

  • 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.
  • The Business of Fast Fashion Video

    Click here to watch: The Business of Fast Fashion Video.

    Created by OnlineMBA.com, this short video about the growing business of fast fashion takes a critical look at how disposable clothing impacts the fashion industry as a whole.

    Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, credits Zara, the world's largest fast fashion retailer, for creating a "seasonless cycle for fashion." Brands such as Zara, H&M, Forever 21, and Topshop have taken catwalk fashion and brought it to the masses quickly and cheaply. Who can resist? Even loyal high-end customers have started mixing trendy, inexpensive pieces with their luxury brands. These fast fashion brands are creating disposable fashion. If you are only paying $20 for a pair of pants and you only wear them once, that seems to be OK. In fact, that is what fast fashion is all about.

    That is not OK with us. At Beckons, we are proud to be a part of the "slow fashion" movement. Talented sewers in Colorado make our clothing, we drive a short distance to work with them and pick up our clothing when it is ready. We build our products to last in both durability and styling. We all want to look good and feel good. We believe it is not trendy merchandise that makes this happen. Our priority is good design that flatters your figure and good quality fabric and construction that last a long time. Our products are more expensive because you are paying Americans to create great quality products that you can feel good about. Thanks, Zoe Gray and your team of researchers for producing this thought provoking video.

  • Lines and Circle: An Update on The Samburu Donation

    Last year Beckons donated clothing to the Samburu People of Northern Kenya by way of Vital Yoga of Denver. They are a colorful group of nomadic people. Here is a piece written by Micah Springer, who hand-carried our boxes of clothes to Africa, about distributing the clothing to the people. This is beautiful and we are touched to have been a part of it. If you want to know more of the back story, read our previous blog.

    Samburu Tribe Penina and childrenLines and Circles by Micah Springer

    Lepakiyo, the leader of this tribe of Samburu People, is masterful at requiring the villagers to gather in a line. To you and me this is a simple formation because we were taught early, as children. Nomadic people are anything but linear. They don't stand in lines, speak in lines, think in linear fashion. The creativity we recognize in their character is a direct tribute to this fact. 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.

  • 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.
  • 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

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