Lita Buttolph

WWS Recertification: 

* 1st Set CertifiedLita Buttolph

I began studying Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong in Portland, Oregon in 1999 from Katy Langstaff and Ann Baker, two wonderful teachers who had been trained and certified by Master Hui Liu of Wen Wu School. After practicing the form for only a few months, I felt immediate health benefits including relief from chronic back pain and digestive problems. I became hooked. I continued to study and practice Dayan Qigong, repeating the 18-week class many times, and became an assistant teacher to Ann and Katy. In 2004, I had the opportunity to join the year-long Teacher Training Course from Master Hui Liu and Dr. Erlene Chiang at Wen Wu School. I have been a Wen Wu School certified Dayan Qigong instructor in Portland since 2005, teaching with Katy Langstaff at Wen Wu School Portland. In 2008, I completed the Second Set training with Master Liu.

I am continually amazed and humbled by this subtle yet profound practice. Dayan Qigong has brought me gifts that I never thought possible. It has brought healing to my body, clarity to my mind, and connection to spirit. It keeps me grounded in times of change and uncertainty. I am grateful to my many teachers—Master Hui Liu, Katy Langstaff, Ann Baker, workshops from Cynthia Eaton—and to Grandmaster Yang Meijun for sharing Dayan Qigong with the world. I am equally grateful to my fellow practitioners and students who have also been my teachers and who inspire me with their dedication to this practice, their healing stories, and the courage to open their hearts and undergo profound change.

I teach two 18-week instructional classes a year at Awakenings Wellness Center.  I also lead on-going classes at People’s Co-op and summer classes at Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden. Most recently I have started new classes working with Alzheimer's patients at St. Andrew’s Memory Care Facility in Portland, Oregon. I also have had the privilege to teach private classes to home-bound and terminally ill students.

In 2010, I began studying other forms of qigong to expand my practice and knowledge base of qigong. I have studied Five Element Qigong, Shamanic Tiger Qigong, Microcosmic Orbit Qigong, Five Dragons Qigong, and shaking forms as well as ancient Chinese philosophy and qi healing from Master Zhongxian Wu. I have also studied Pa Da Gong (slapping qigong) with Master Liu, Ba Duan Gong with Master Yao, and JinJing Gong with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf and Dr. Bill Frazier as part of a Master's in Oriental Medicine degree at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. Although each form brings different gifts, I continue to be drawn to the gentle movements of Dayan Qigong. It is a wonderful gift to be able to teach this form. I am honored to share it with others.