Fizzy yoga became a hot topic this week after actress Kim Cattrall credited the workout with saving her life, prompting millions of people to the internet to search for information about the fitness plan with the funny name.
Though it may sound like some kind of soda-infused workout, fizzy yoga is actually physical therapy mixed with yoga. Cattrall dubbed the workout “fizzy yoga” (though she was probably saying physi-yoga), saying the workout has been perfect for her as she performed in a grueling three-month run of her stage show, Sweet Bird of Youth.
“As I get older, I find that cardio is less important to me,” Kim told The Times of London. “What I want to do is more intense stretching. I’m not worried about injuring myself because a regular yoga instructor isn’t versed in the way of the body like a trained physio is.”
Yogi Diana Zotos, one of the pioneers of fizzy yoga, said the program is different for every person. Zotos said when she meets a client she does a physical therapy evaluation, customizing a yoga program around their strengths and needs.
“It targets deficits, will strengthen muscles that are weak and stretch muscles that are tight, while focusing on the core,” Zotos said.
Zotos has been teaching the program for years, but after she started working with Kim Cattrall about two years ago she had a breakthrough. The media-savvy Kim suggested to Zotos that the name fizzy yoga would help it stand out, and she was right.
“She respects her body,” Zotos said of Cattrall and her dedication to the yoga program. “She uses her body in her day-to-day life to perform. What physiyoga has done for her is what it’s done for everyone — it’s helped her realize how to constantly make adjustments in the way she moves and uses her body, to protect it.”
Fizzy yoga has been good to Kim Cattrall, but the actress has been great for fizzy yoga. This week the workout plan was a trending topic on Yahoo, with hundreds of hits for classes offering the workout method.