Hundreds of American yoga enthusiasts rolled out their colourful mats, twisting their bodies and performing 'Surya Namaskar' in front of the space shuttle at NASA's landmark Johnson Space Center early today.
Consulate General of India, Houston, in partnership with Patanjali Yogpeeth (USA), yoga studios and several community and supporting organisations held this repeat event on public demand, within a week of the successful International Day of Yoga on June 21.
"It is our pleasure to bring together a large number of diverse Houstonians and institutions for celebrating the second International Day of Yoga in a befitting manner," Anupam Ray, Consul General of India, told PTI.
"NASA and Johnson Space Center are Houston icons and represent the finest of human endeavour. There is no better way to commemorate International Day of Yoga than by linking timeless Yoga with the best of modern-science".
"Being a Yoga practitioner myself, I encourage all Houstonians to perform Yoga and actively participate in these events with interactive Yoga sessions to spread the message of Yoga for peace and harmony," he said.
The free event had everything for yoga lovers from interactive yoga sessions and demonstrations to Collective Yoga Session for Harmony and Peace consisting of Asanas, Relaxation, Pranayama as well as Meditation.
Many attendees were excited to perform Yoga in the backdrop of the landmark Space Shuttle.
International Yoga Day was observed for only the second year this year.