Mahatma Gandhi Memorial of North Texas (MGMNT) in partnership with the Consulate General of India, Houston organized the “3rd International Day of Yoga” on Sunday June 25, 2017 at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in Irving, Texas. Shabnam Modgil, Board of Director of MGMNT, welcomed the gathering of about 300 enthusiastic Yoga participants. Rao Kalvala, Secretary, MMNT, introduced the Chief Guests Hon. Texas State Rep Matt Rinaldi and Hon. Irving City Mayor Rick Stopfer, Consul Amrit Pal representing Hon. Consul General of India, Houston Dr. Anupam Ray at the event. Rao Kalvala also explained the idea of IDY by India Prime Minister Modi and his proposal to United National General Assembly. Hon. TX State Rep. Matt Rinaldi in his address congratulated Dr. Prasad Thotakura for his vision and leadership in building the largest Gandhi Memorial in the USA in the City of Irving. Now, it became a prominent landmark and appreciated MGMNT team for organizing the International Day of Yoga at this Gandhi memorial. Rinaldi also mentioned the importance of Yoga and its rapid growing popularity globally. Hon. Irving City Mayor Rick Stopfer appreciated MGMNT team and City of Irving for working together in creating Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in the heart of DFW Metroplex and expressed his delight to participate in Yoga Day Celebrations and support all activities in the future. Consul Amrit Pal appreciated MGMNT leadership for working with CGI-Houston in organizing annual International Yoga Day. Pal also shared to the media that it is the goal of the Houston Consulate to expand the partnership to all Cities in Texas and encourage more people to participate in Yoga Day. MGMNT Board of Directors Lal Daswani and Shabnam Modgil felicitated the guests. Dr. Prasad Thotakura, Chairman of MGMNT in his statement mentioned that “Yoga was originated in Rishikesh more than 5,000 years ago. It is very symbolic to celebrate the “3rd International Day of Yoga” at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza because Gandhiji used to practice meditation and yoga regularly. Gandhiji firmly believed that daily practice of yoga and meditation can strengthen self-discipline, patience, courage and forgiveness”. Dr. Thotakura emphasized the importance of yoga by stating that Yogic exercises recharge the body with cosmic energy and facilitates attainment of perfect equilibrium and harmony, promotes self- healing and removes negative blocks from the mind and toxins from the body. Over 300 enthusiasts of all age groups followed instructors led Yoga practice for an hour followed by Pranayama, Yogasanas and Meditation. MGMNT awarded Certificate of Appreciation to all attendees, also gave MGMNT gift bags and served breakfast.