Cheryl and Theresa have been friends for 10 years. They met playing platform tennis, which is a game adapted from tennis over a century ago. Platform tennis is not for the weak of spirit: it is played outside, in the winter (the season runs from September through February) on a raised court 1/3 the size of a tennis court. The racquets are actually paddles that are solid without strings, the court is fenced in and the ball can be played of the fencing, similar to racquet ball. Cheryl and Theresa both love the challenge of their sport and have found over the years that taking on new challenges together is a great part of their friendship.
At the start of the summer, Theresa’s daughter was visiting from California. Having practiced Bikram yoga at home, she suggested to her mother that they try a class at Bikram Yoga Chadds Ford. With her adventurous spirit in hand, Theresa did not hesitate. Her first class spurred her to do two things: first, call Cheryl and second, read Bikram’s latest book cover to cover.
Both ladies have been faithfully attending class ever since. They both agree that their overall wellness have greatly improved. Cheryl was in need of a bi-lateral knee replacement but is now no longer having the knee pain she once had prior to taking yoga. Theresa feels she is much more focused and productive and is thrilled to share that she has never felt this good in her life. Both Cheryl and Theresa see Bikram yoga as a permanent part of their lives and both ladies have seen improvement with tennis elbow, shoulder, knee and back pain.
They are now trying to get some of their other friends to join them. Quite often, people are resistant to the idea of Bikram yoga when they know nothing about it. “Heat is bad for you” is one of the common myths that Theresa and Cheryl are trying to challenge as they spread the word about Bikram yoga’s benefits. But these ladies do not have to do much to convince others about the healing benefits of our yoga. The both have much more energy than they used to and are vital and healthy 50-somethings. As the new season of platform tennis starts, their competitors and friends are not going to know what hit them!