DAY 18: Bikram Stigmata.

Author: Heather Molina /

Yep... 18 whole days in. And already my body is showing the signs of a Bikram Yoga Challenge...

  • I have a nice pink patch under the ball of my chin from Locust pose.
  • My knees have a hint of "towel burn" on them Camel.
  • The tips of my fingers have a nice "dry sprinkle" look to them... With bits of peeling skin.
  • And the piece de resistance... My Bikram Stigmata!

I think it was the Dancing J who taught me that term a year or so ago. That's what we call the nice pink-patched callous forming on the tops of our feet.

I attribute mine to Fixed Firm pose... As I squeeze my knees down and together on the ground. Though, Camel pose, Rabbit pose and Half Tortoise pose also contribute to the stigmata formation.

I know I'm not the only one who has experienced this. Many other practitioners have Tweeted about it as well. I usually just ignore the look of it... But does anyone have any useful advice for getting rid of it?

8 comments:

Beckie K. said...

i may be strange, but i like it! it's part of my bikram "regalia" if you will. years ago when i first started practicing it bothered me and i used a scrub and lotion and it went away. now, i wear it with pride knowing (and somewhat sad) that in another couple of weeks it will disappear.

The Missus said...

LOL! I guess it is a "badge of honor!"

bikramyogachick said...

Interesting! The only "marks" I have so far are the patch under my chin. I can't decide if the little bumps are acne or rash. Damn that sweaty towel in locust!!!

thedancingj said...

I'm with Beckie... wear 'em with pride, baby. :)

Sisya said...

The skin under my chin peels and flakes a bit whenever I step up the amount of Bikram yoga in my life, but it usually adjusts and goes back to normal after a week or two.

The Stigmata, though, will probably stay as long as I keep doing Bikram yoga. I don't mind!

Mei said...

Exfoliation helps mine a little bit, but yes, I wear my stigmata, calluses on fingers and bruises like a badge of honour :)

30dayyogi said...

I have this! day 25 for me...

jmarie said...

day 13! i thought i was the only one!

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