Yep. I admit it. I have a collection of Bikram tattoos all over my body. I bet you do to if you’ve been practicing for awhile. If not, then this post will give you something to look forward to. It started a couple of weeks ago when I looked down at my sad, scabby knees (don’t worry. i am not including pictures). My knees were always and forever scabby looking, it seemed, since last summer when I tried to perfect mountain pose. If you looked at the video, you will see that mountain requires you to balance on both knees.
Well, mountain is very, very hard. It looks simple on the surface, but it isn’t. Go ahead. Try it. I’ll wait.
See? What’d I tell you?
Mountain is worth nine points in competition if you can pull it off. I feel in love with mountain right away and spent all of last summer working on it. I also worked on short person (note: the way this posture is shown on the video is not how I understand it to be performed. however, the guy shows a great warm-up, and you get the gist). So my knees got all banged up last year between May-November, and they are still banged up to this day.
I was complaining to Mark recently how my knees don’t seem to heal and I’m tired of how they look. He examined them, informed me I had callouses, and that it was a result of constantly trying to do yoga poses that require me to balance on me knees. Ok – makes sense. His advice, and I quote, “If you would stop going down on your knees everyday then you wouldn’t have this problem.”
Uh-huh. Thanks for that advice…..Are you hearing yourself over there?
But rather than refer to this as the problem I have from constantly getting down on my knees, a lovely Yoga Buddy proclaimed them to be Bikram Tattoos. I love that. I think it’s super fitting.
Recently, I gathered around with a couple other Yoga Buddies, and we shared our Bikram Tattoos with each other. They included:
(a) Our knees. Everyone has at least one tattoo on their knee. Most have one on both.
(b) underneath our chins (probably from locust or any other time we might be putting our chins on the floor)
(c) various fingers, usually a knuckle
Where are your Bikram Tattoos?