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One clear advantage of the drastic reduction of traffic and people in the downtown core Friday: It's quiet. Quiet enough, in fact, for a yoga class.

Around noon, about 25 people with yoga mats quietly assemble in the park behind Metro Hall on Wellington Street West for what they called a "Yoga happening." One of the many small groups of police officers patrolling downtown looked on from a polite distance.

Organizer and yoga instructor J.P. Tamblyn, in sun glasses and blond dreadlocks, says the event, organized like a "flash mob" via Facebook, aims to project a peaceful mood downtown as the G20 summit.

Speaking in a soft semi-whisper, Mr. Tamblyn said the quiet downtown would make for a serene yoga session: "It works for me ... It want to ensure that everyone's safe ... If there's no tear gas or police officers who are angry, it will be better for everyone."

Student David Good, 39, said the event billed on the Internet as a chance to "show your asanas [yoga moves]rdquo; to the G20, was about spreading a positive vibe. "There's going to be so many protests for pecae but we just wanted to practise yoga in the park and spread some good energy."

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