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Yoga In Times Square (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

First Posted: 06/22/10 04:13 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

Thousands flocked to Times Square Monday to commemorate the first day of summer. Their way of celebrating? Downward dog.

"Yoga in Times Square" was first organized eight years ago, with a mere two participants. It's grown significantly since, with 5,000 people pre-registering from 31 countries this year.



Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, credits the chaos of Time Square for the high turn-out.

"I think it resonates with people, because what they're trying to do is have a little bit of peace of mind not on a mountain top, not in the middle of even Central Park, which is a beautiful, soothing environment, but in the middle of a place that really represents sort of all the intensity and excitement, but also the stress of daily urban life, which is Times Square."

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Filed by Emily Tess Katz  |