Yogapop No. 5 expands, heads outdoors this Saturday

At past Yogapop events, children, such as Zoe Albenberg (practicing next to Elli Richter), participated. But “Yogapop: Play” will have a class geared for children, as well as one for families.

In the four previous Yogapop events in Charleston, co-organizer Becca Finley says the two most common questions have been the following:

When will you have an event outside? And when will you offer something specifically for families and children?

So Yogapop No. 5 is doing just that.

Previous events, featuring a formula of a mass yoga event accompanied by live music, other performances and local crafts and food, have been held in the early evenings at the Charleston Visitor Center’s Bus Shed and Memminger Auditorium.

Each has drawn between 450 and 600 participants.

Saturday’s Yogapop, which has a theme of “play,” will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brittlebank Park and feature four yoga sessions, including two for adults, one for children and one for families, as well as “Mini Yoga Workshops” focusing on handstands and back bends, as well as a session on meditation.

“It’s going to be totally different,” says Finley, describing it as the Charleston area’s first outdoor yoga festival. “It’s going to be a great way to ring in the summer solstice.”

Live music performances will be by acoustic pop duo Regina Ferguson and John Shields, reggae pop funk fusion band Champagne With Friends and soul fusion artist McKenzie Eddy.

The morning yoga class will be led by Lindsay Simmons of Jivamukti Yoga Charleston, the afternoon session by Ashley Bell of Mission Yoga and The Yoga House of Charleston, the family session by Stacy Peth of Yoga Kidz and The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place and the kids class by Norma Boccabella of Kids Yogaverse.

The handstands workshop will be by Ji Hwang, the back bends workshop by Otto Baldovich and the meditation by Anthony Haro.

Besides yoga and music, food and refreshments will be available from Blue Barn Juice Co, Coastal Crust, Verde, Fauzia’s Kitchen, King of Pops and Moving Water. Adults can enjoy some beverages from Brooklyn Brewing, Crispin Cider and Belle Ambiance Wines.

Blue Barn’s Kid Field Day featuring an obstacle course, seed planting, hula hoops and fun temporary tattoos. Athleta’s “Power To The She” Play Garden will be showcasing arm wrestling and games to test your tossing arm. Lululemon’s Yard will feature giant Jenga, corn hole and a hair braid station.

More than 30 vendors will be selling jewelry, yoga clothing and other items.

The advance ticket cost is $10 for kids and $25 for adults. Tickets go up to $32 on the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds go to Yoga Kidz and This Is Noteworthy.

Because of the potential for storms, the rain date is set for June 27. Finley says the decision to call a rain date likely will be Saturday morning.

While the longest day of the year is Sunday, another recognition of the change of season is the Summer Solstice 5K at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Hampton Park.

The event, organized by OnShore Racing, is $20 in advance (midnight Thursday) and $30 day of. Eighty percent of the profits will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For most of its quarter century history, the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series kicked off on Father’s Day.

And while it doesn’t hold that distinction now, the popular series continues the tradition of being held on the day we celebrate fathers at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at James Island County Park.

The first race, which usually features the smallest field of the five-race series, drew 229 finishers, many of whom locked in a chunk of points toward a three-race tally for the triathlon championship.

The triathlon features a 600-yard freshwater lake swim, a 12-mile bike through the park and out and back on Riverland Drive and a 5K run inside the park. The remaining races will be July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9. The latter is the double-points championship race and will be the 100th since the series started in 1991.