Fizzy who? Physiyoga. A new-ish type of fitness program that combines physiotherapy, meditative breathing and yoga poses, which, by the way, was pretty much an underground (yet growing) hybrid until actress and Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall came out and told everyone it “saved her life.” All you Samanthas out there, take note
The 56-year-old actress is still very active in her body of work and hence her bod-ay. A self-described former cardio junkie whose seen her share of injuries and exhaustion as a result, the matured Cattrall has moved on to safer routines for a happier body and peace of mind.
“As I get older, I find that cardio is less important to me. What I want to do more of is intense stretching,” she told the Times UK.
If gentle is the new advanced, multi-modality is the new yoga, therapy. Because this fizz-ness, besides the yoga, also frequently involves other modalities like craniosacral therapy, myofascial massage and acupuncture, depending on the provider, it can be an all around feelgood experience. Also, according to Kim, it relieves the worry over regular yoga teachers not knowing what the hell they’re doing!
“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,” she said.
We resemble that comment! Ahem. So it’s out of the gym and off the crowded yoga mats for Kim who has taken to doing private hourly sessions of fizz-whiz twice a week. She says physiyoga is a lifesaver because if you’re in a bind and maybe injure yourself like, say, pull a muscle during class, the instructor knows how to respond, assumingly NOT by pushing you deeper into the pose. Zing! Oy.
Is physiyoga patented, branded and slapped with a catchy tagline? Not yet!
It sounds like an interesting practice though, and a tad safer than some other hybrids – we’re looking at you SUP yoga! – but just looking at that photo above, we’re already feeling a whole world of ouchies. We’ll go ahead and assume alignment was adjusted right after this photo was taken.