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  • 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

  • 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

  • We Are Loved / Heart Shaped Thread

    Beckon Yoga Clothing heart thread blogOver the past couple of weeks, we (Cousin Kris and I) have been making Frankenmittens™: old sweaters brought back to life. When pulling the cashmere mittens out of the sewing machine the threads landed in this wonderful shape. Whenever I see a heart in nature or in a random place, I am reminded that love is all around us.

  • Emily Fite in Beckons

    I bought my first beckons clothes many years ago at the YJ conference in Estes Park. I've been buying and wearing ever since!  Love it!     – Emily Fite

    Emily Fite wearing Beckons Yoga ClothingThank you for sharing this sweet photo with us. We always love to see the faces of our customers and hear your kind words. Check out Emily at www.yogaroom.org. Emily is wearing our Beckons Wisdom Yoga Pants and Strength Long Sleeve T-shirt.

  • Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

    This is an old family favorite from the kitchen of Leila Boddicker. I believe the original recipe probably came straight from Hershey. Nothing says, "Happy Holidays," quite like a warm cookie with milk.

    Beckons Yoga Clothing Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies recipeCream together:

    • ½ cup butter (no substitutions)
    • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter

    Add to the above:

    •  1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbs. milk
    • 1 tsp. vanilla

    Add dry ingredients to the above mixture:

    • 1 ½ cup flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ½ tsp. salt

    The mixture should stick together pretty well and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add a touch more flour so that you can easily work with the dough.

    Roll the dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 365 degrees for 10 minutes or until cracks form on the top of the cookies.

    Immediately place one Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss in the center of each cookie while they are still warm.

    Share with others.

  • DIY Ideas - Advent Calendar

    Beckon Yoga Clothing DIY Advent CalendarChildren receive an unprecedented amount of gifts for Christmas these days. Why would a non-materialistic mom want to add 24 extra gifts to the madness with a treasure-filled advent calendar? The initial calendar was given to me by my Grandma Boddicker and Aunt Beth. It was filled with small toys and candy. The kids loved it so much that we could not stop the tradition once it began. So we had to make it serve a greater purpose. We have since given these treasured calendars to all of our family and friends with children so that they can enjoy the tradition.

    During the holidays kids need several things like a new outfit and shoes for the school program or to wear to church on Christmas Day. We would simply place a note in the box that read, "Today we shop for a new Christmas outfit." There is always a great holiday movie that comes out that you will be taking your kids to anyway. "Going to the movies," would be in one box. We always provide one awesome Christmas-themed video and a book among the 24 days. Lastly, on Christmas Eve the note sent them on a scavenger hunt to find their new pajamas to wear on this special night. Basically, the treasures in the box are things you would do or purchase with or without an advent calendar.

    To make it extra special, we included activities like "Today, let's bake cookies." or "Let's do something special for Dad today."

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  • 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

  • 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.

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