YoGanesh Open House: Swords, Arrows and Blessings


“Guynesher” and budokai instructor Phil Ortiz performed a Zen archery demonstration. More about Phil

Photos by Rick Dewitt and Norma Kerner

DESPITE accidentally scheduling our YoGanesh Open House 2014 on the Martin Luther King holiday (how do you say doh! in Sanskrit?) we were blessed with a small but enthusiastic gathering of Ganeshers and friends – some who came all the way from my far flung neighborhood on City Island. These included photographer Rick Dewitt, who took these wonderful photos and his artist wife Laury, who has started work on designing a large mandala for us. Karen came from Long Island – she helps keep our finances in order …


John Paul Burtch captivated with his original songs

The evening started with John Paul singing a few songs that he has been working on and also a few of his own songs. John is a favorite with students especially when he has provided live music in some of our classes. You can hear his talent on his Soundcloud

Then our desk manager Miranda DiPerno sang and played ukelele.


“I’m a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, Canada studying jazz and writing in a more soul, pop, jazz vein,” says Miranda. “I’m presently in the studio recording my first album and at Yoganesh I performed, for the first time really, some songs I had written for fun on the ukulele!” You can check out Miranda’s talent and find out about upcoming shows/ CD release on Facebook and Soundcloud.


That was followed by our Tai Chi/Qi Gong teacher, Master Sherry Zhang who did captivating martial arts sword demonstration.


You can read more about Sherry and Tai Chi in this blog post.


Lastly, “Guynesher” and New York Budokai center instructor Phil Ortiz did a Zen archery demonstration wearing an official Kudo (Japanese archery) outfit. It was a beautiful ceremony in which he cleansed our studio. Everything was in slow motion and very moving. He set up a target and then shot the arrow into it.


Phil has been teaching this and Japanese sword (budokai) for 40 years, and is the chief instructor at the New York Budokai center.


We had lots of tasty food. I ended the evening by asking everyone to do a collective Om. It was a cold rainy evening – and perfect.

Norma Kerner


Thank you to our Ganeshers!






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