Yoga + baseball = Downward Facing RiverDog

Internationally known yoga instructor and Charleston resident Kathryn Budig will lead Downward Facing RiverDog on Saturday at Riley Park.

Those who may have missed taking an outdoor yoga class led by celeb instructor Kathryn Budig at Yogapop in March, or who want to take another class, have a chance Saturday.

The 33-year-old Kansas native will be hosting the second Downward Facing RiverDog yoga event 10-11 a.m. Saturday (gates open at 9 a.m.) on the baseball field of Riley Park. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

Budig is a rock star of the yoga world. She has been featured on the cover of “Yoga Journal,” is an author and has been a brand representative for ToeSox, which featured her in ad campaigns doing yoga poses wearing only the socks.

She is currently sponsored by Under Armour Women, keeping company with the likes of ballerina Misty Copeland, skier Lindsey Vonn and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

If yoga on a baseball field may seem a bit unusual, in Budig’s case it’s not. Her father is Gene Budig, former president of Major League Baseball’s American League and part-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs. Kathryn moved from Los Angeles to Charleston, in part, because her parents have lived on the Isle of Palms for a decade.

“This (Charleston) has felt like home for quite some time,” said Budig, in a Q&A with me last winter. “I think it’s one of the most magical cities in the U.S. and (I think) that it’s important to be close to family.”

Budig describes the Saturday’s class as “playful and accessibly challenging.”

Proceeds of Downward Facing RiverDog will benefit Poses for Paws, an organization co-founded by Budig that is dedicated to raising money for animal shelters through yoga.

The first sign that summer is moving along in the Lowcountry is that one of its warm-weather race series concludes tonight.

The final of five races in the Race the Landing series will be today at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. The Thursday evening running series features a kids fun run starting at 6:15 p.m. and a 5K at 7 p.m.

The cost is $10-$12 for the kids run and $30-$35 for the 5K and includes a post-race dinner, drinks, music and more.

Meanwhile, the longest running summer race series in Charleston hits the mid-way point Sunday.

The 25th annual Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series will start rolling at 7 a.m. Sunday at James Island County Park.

The triathlon features a 600-yard open water swim, a 12-mile bike ride through the park and out and back on Riverland Drive, and finishes with a flat 5K run. Participants must be comfortable swimming in open water and riding a bicycle on roads open to traffic.

For those who have not participated in the first two races, this is the last chance to qualify for the series championship, which requires participation in at least three races. The remaining races will be July 27 and Aug. 10, which is the championship race and features double-point scoring.

The fee for a single race is $50-$60, or $137-$165 for the remaining three.

American Top Team Lowcountry, which offers Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing and more, will hold its grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its studio on 1850 Wallace School Road in West Ashley.

“We are serious about training pro fighters, but that’s only a small part of the picture,” says Charleston native and nationally recognized fighter Malachy Friedman, owner and head instructor. “ATT Lowcountry is a family academy and we’re every bit as dedicated to teaching Brazilian jiu litsu to adults at any level as we are to our ‘Little Foxes’ children’s classes.”

The grand opening will feature demonstrations, classes, give-aways and a special appearance by Kimbo Slice, a Bahamian-born American boxer, mixed martial artist, and occasional actor.

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Find your fitness in the outdoors by checking out an array of activities offered by Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission next weekend. Registration is required.

Among the events are an interpretive canoe trip, Canoeing at Caw Caw, through the rice fields and canals at Caw Caw Interpretive Center 9-11:30 a.m. July 18 (cost is $12-$15); an Outdoor TRY It Adventure Sampler ($10) 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18 at James Island County Park; and SUP the Surf Zone ($30-$36) 8 a.m.-noon at Folly Beach County Park .

To register, call 795-4386 or visit

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.

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