Welcome to Longwater Tai Chi
Jane and Patrick Foley teach Tai Chi as a relaxing, enjoyable exercise. Its slow, meditative movements are practised by millions of people for their proven health benefits. We both switched from successful careers to spread our love of Tai Chi. Between us we have nearly 50 years of experience in the art. We teach regular classes and workshops in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset UK and sometimes further afield.
We have a broad curriculum and teach Tai Chi, its ancient sister art Qigong, and Meditation in various ways to suit different levels of interest and ability. Read more about our current classes and workshops. If you are a beginner and want to know what might suit you best, please visit our beginners page or contact us.
We also still regularly attend both local and international events with our teachers Bruce Frantzis, Sam Masich, Brian Cooper and Dr Paul Lam.
What is Tai Chi?
Unlike aerobics and most forms of modern Western exercise, Tai Chi steadily teaches you how it is possible to achieve vibrant health and assist healing through correct body alignments and low-impact movements. It is based most importantly on moderation, known as the 70% Rule. The internal health aspects of Qigong (subtle energy 'Qi' work, pronounced chee gong) practised alone or within Tai Chi can help relieve physical, emotional and mental tension and stress and pave the way to self-healing, reducing your dependence on the overburdened health service. We believe that the way we teach Tai Chi is safe for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
Longwater Tai Chi holds regular classes and workshops in Wilton, Salisbury and Downton in Wiltshire, Fordingbridge in Hampshire and Verwood, St Ives and St Leonard's in Dorset. We also teach private lessons and small groups at our studio in Downton plus some specialist groups, corporate sessions and groups in new areas, by arrangement.
The different ways in which we teach our curriculum are designed to suit your interest and commitment, from taster sessions, weekly drop-in classes; weekend, day, half day or mini workshops, to regular short form, long form, qigong and meditation courses for those who want a more challenging or long-term commitment.
Connect your year with 5 Seasons Qigong
Starting in Spring 2017 we will be teaching a new workshop series, including an optional residential retreat, that spans the year and its seasons, helping you to to synchronise with the natural energies linked to the Earth's annual rotation around the Sun.
Ancient Chinese philosophy often describes interactions and relationships between all things in terms of five elements. These are metal, water, wood, fire and earth which are also associated with five seasons; autumn, winter, spring, summer and late summer.
Interested in facts?
Health-specific Tai Chi and Qigong can be easy to learn, generally beginning to be effective as soon as you start practising. These are exercises that can be started safely when you are older, with no restriction on improvement as you age, offering true health capital growth.
- Tai Chi named as perfect exercise for the elderly - Daily Telegraph
- Tai Chi Benefits Patients With Parkinson's - New York Times 2012
- Tai Chi makes your brain bigger and improves memory - Telegraph
- Why exercise is good for chronic health conditions - Science Daily 2016
- Tai Chi Eases Depression in Elderly - New York Times 2011
A general resource for how Tai Chi can benefit health.
Insightful, knowledgable and welcoming
"I came for a private lesson with Jane and it was such a great experience that I ended up attending all four group classes with Jane and Patrick over the course of two days. Jane just knew what was happening and how to get me balanced. Her intuitive approach gave me a whole new perspective on energy in my Qigong practice. Patrick’s Taichi class and his high standards were very inspiring. They both have a deep knowledge of what they are teaching and have a strong relationship with their students. They were also wonderful hosts, welcoming and flexible. I stayed in their guest house and enjoyed fantastic meals made from their garden produce, a morning walk and great conversation. I cannot recommend them highly enough."
- Susanne from Oxford