So the side effects of taking yoga and adding it to my weekly practice have been nothing short of extended training time, less injury, more strength at the core level (functional muscle comes first then ornamental muscle), the ability to withstand the heat better in other forms of activity, increased lung capacity, less aches and pains (there is no build up of lactic acid in a Bikram yoga class due to oxygen exchange at the cellular level combined with the final breathing exercise which removes lactic acid), better grip strength, more awareness of the self, and a better overall feeling towards others. Again, as martial artists, we are not looking to go out into bars and start fights, a side effect of training in martial arts gives us a confidence that, if encountered with a bad situation, we can negotiate it. A side effect of hot yoga training, is compassion for those around us who cannot touch their toes, or bend down to put their shoes on. In fact, personally I am blown away by the number of people who are not able to touch their own toes. In a world full of forward bending, cell phones use, tablet use, personal computer use (a-hem), driving, sitting in a classroom, etc we are encouraging our spines to compress upon themselves. Postural, we are a wreck. Martial arts training stresses postural and structural alignment, yoga enforces it. Martial arts training stresses proper form, yoga enforces it. Martial arts training stresses the killing of the ego, yoga enforces it. Both practices are ancient methods and both are the opposite side of the same coin, The perfect compliment.