CLASS CAPACITY POLICY For the safety and comfort of the participants, our maximum capacity for yoga classes is 18 people per class. Members are entitled to first priority over non-members until ten minutes before the yoga class commences. During the ten minutes before the class begins, members and non-members have equal opportunity to take any remaining spaces. Thank you for your cooperation.
HOT WEATHER POLICY
Our heat policy is that on any day when the forecast is 37 degrees or higher, the classes are cancelled. The space we are in at Oxenberry is a suitable temperature with adequate airflow most of the year, but from experience, can become quite warm with lots of bodies exercising and emitting heat. Although most of the time the space is fine, we need to ensure that our clients health is paramount. Heat related illness is not a pleasant experience to endure, and can result in very serious, long term health implications. The temperature limit for classes has been set at 37 degrees to also allow for the fact that there is no air conditioning in our space. This means that if the predicted temperature, according to the Bureau of Meteorology the evening prior to the class, is 37 degrees or higher, the class is cancelled. It’s vital to take extra care of our bodies during the height of summer, when temperatures soar. Hot weather can leave our bodies dehydrated, depleted of nutrients and exhausted, if we don’t take precautionary measures. Heat stress occurs when sweat can’t evaporate fast enough to keep the body sufficiently cool. The symptoms of heat stress include muscle cramps, deterioration in concentration, headache and dizziness. Suggestions to prevent dehydration and heat include ceasing strenuous physical activity, drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after any physical exertion, avoiding the hottest parts of the day, and taking frequent rest breaks. Besides hydration, there are several factors affecting your body’s ability to regulate its core temperature in terms of how much heat your body generates and dissipates. Many of our yogi’s have come to yoga to assist in managing chronic medical conditions, pain and returning from injuries. Heat can exacerbate the symptoms of chronic illness, and affect the ability of peripheral vasodilation – the blood vessels in the skin may not be able to enlarge enough for heat to be released through the skin, making it difficult to control body temperature. Sometimes the heart muscle may be too weak to respond to the demands of heat, and so the heart has less reserve capacity to transport heat from the body (and is more likely to become overworked during periods of heat stress). Please take special care particularly, when exercising in hot weather if you have: Heart disease High blood pressure Diabetes Kidney disease Cancer Autoimmune disease Neurological conditions Neuro-Muscular conditions Of course, always listen to your own body. If you’re not feeling good, please take a day of rest. Please be mindful that I am also taking my own health conditions into consideration with this policy, and my doctors and specialists have suggested that it is not safe for me to be exercising in the heat at all. Like you, i have to overcome the mind sometimes - as it is quite lovely to practice yoga in the warmth, and to sink into poses deeply. Often we can feel great during the practice, only to experience the detrimental after-effects and symptoms of heat-stroke later in the day. For this reason, and to minimize the risk of long lasting damage, this heat policy is strictly 37 degrees. Thank you for your understanding.