Fizzy yoga has nothing to do with drinking champagne while practicing down-dog, then hanging upside down (though for some reason that's the first thing that came to mind when I heard about it). It's actually short for physiyoga; the 'fizzy' is just a cute abbreviation.

This new type of yoga is a hybrid, including massage, physical therapy, body alignment, yoga poses, and other techniques, and it's taught by instructors who are both yoga teachers and physical therapists in a one-on-one setting.

Teachers who specialize in this kind of yoga tailor programs to the individual, taking into account their body type, injuries, and natural strengths and weaknesses. It can benefit those who have had issues or wish to prevent them. As Wendy Erven, a Pilates and yoga instructor, told, "When you get the expertise of a physical therapist who is combining the (very popular) yoga with 'prehab,' rehab and post-rehab techniques, you're bound to see results in alignment, centering and stress reduction."

Because of the individualized nature of fizzy yoga, it isn't cheap, at around $200 a session. But depending on location, that can be equvalent to the cost of a regular physical therapy session. But it's a workout too. Cattrall estimates that it burns anywhere from 300-600 calories a meeting.

Fizzy yoga has found a fan in former "Sex in the City" star (and still-working thespian) Kim Cattrall, who credited it with helping her get through a grueling performance schedule for her latest West End of London play, "Sweet Bird of Paradise," a physically demanding role. Cattrall knew she needed to get in shape, but as she told the Times of London, "As I get older, I find that cardio is less important to me. What I want to do more of is intense stretching."

Diana Soto, who introduced Cattrall to the variation on a typical yoga practice told the New York Daily News, "It targets deficits, will strengthen muscles that are weak and stretch muscles that are tight, while focusing on the core.”

This new form or exercise is a radical departure from the actress' former routine, which included doing heavy cardio exercise before each season of Sex in the City, then not doing anything at all during filming, and collapsing on the weekends when she wasn't working. That kind of on-and-off routine wreaked havoc on her body. Now, she does two hourly sessions of fizzy yoga each week and says she feels more balanced.

Would you try fizzy yoga?

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Fizzy yoga: What is this new exercise trend, and would you try it?
Actress Kim Cattrall claims this new yoga hybrid practice saved her life.