are from all phases of life: business professionals, artists, priests,
entrepreneurs. We are mothers and fathers, committed partners, happily
single. We are from all ages and fitness levels. Some of us have chronic
pain and fatigue, are recovering from an illness or managing a life
journey with an illness. Others of us are athletic and are curious
about a different type of movement that complements our already satisfying
lifestyle. And many of us are here simply because we have too much
stress in our lives and we need a break! We laugh. We study hard but
we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Some of us are here strictly
for health reasons, others of us as a hobby, and others of us are
here to enhance our spiritual cultivation. We all find joy and peace
in our practice. Come join us.
King 5 "55 Ways to Stay Young" Tips 30-46 features Qigong & Embrace The Moon
York Times features Qigong & Embrace The Moon
(great pic of the training hall & practice)
The Seattle P/I features World Tai Chi Day & Embrace The Moon
Seattle Woman Magazine on Tai Chi & Qigong, features Embrace The Moon
Kim Ivy interviewed by Lama Tantrapa on radio show "Qigong Masters"
(lots of interesting people interviewed on this show)
"Looking for Trouble" by Melissa Gaye West
The Best of Western Washington - won in the top 5 for Best of Martial Arts.
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine "Better Body, Better Brain, Better You" features Embrace The Moon, "Calm Down With Qigong."
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Did We Start?
The Moon’s Roots
In 1994 school founder Kim Ivy met Dr. Ric Taylor of Seattle Pain
Consultants at Swedish Hospital. Dr. Taylor had spent time in China
and was impressed by the Tai Chi he saw in parks and the Qigong he
experienced in the hospital settings. His idea was that patients who
could integrate this type of movement could more easily live a life
where they had less pain and greater function. Kim Ivy had been teaching
for several years in Portland, Oregon and was especially impressed
by working in retirement homes and seeing how elderly people who had
chronic pain were helped by Tai Chi and Qigong. Kim moved to Seattle
in 1993 and had a chance meeting with Dr. Taylor. After a brief time,
they were clear that their ideas and experiences could combine to
create something revolutionary in the Seattle Health Care field. They
began to plan an 8 week Tai Chi for Chronic Pain at his clinic.
“We will first have to convince Western Medicine,” Dr.
Taylor said to Kim. They both worked for months collecting what research
was available. It was a challenge to create a program that was able
to convey the benefits of these little known “energetic”
exercise forms to those firmly enmeshed in the strict Western Medical
Model. However, in the fall of 1994 Dr. Taylor and Kim launched the
first East/West integrated complementary program at Swedish Hospital
using Tai Chi and Qigong.
The program gained immediate attention. Many patients became involved
in the program, other physicians noticed and the program even gained
media attention. The first students were exclusively those who had
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Cancer or who were in physical
rehabilitation for stroke or MS. These people were utterly engaged
in their healing process. They gave Kim and Dr. Taylor invaluable
feedback as to what worked and what didn’t. Very soon people
improved. There were many stories of pain reduction, increased energy
and strength, as well as a general overall improvement in the quality
of daily life.
During this time Seattle in general was at the beginnings of a revolution
in its community’s overall approach to healthcare. Over the
next three years many other clinics, physicians and health care professionals
contracted Kim to conduct classes, in-services, lectures and demonstrations
for the purpose of educating people about the benefits of Tai Chi
and Qigong. Kim also began to teach public classes where people of
all fitness levels, ages and interests came to take classes.
The Name ‘Embrace The Moon’
Embrace The Moon School for Taijiquan and Qigong was formally founded
May 25, 1995. The name Embrace The Moon came from a group of students
during a class. Someone said, “what is the name of our school?”
At that point it had not occurred to Kim that there was a school,
much less a name. Yet, there were a few dozen students who, every
week, walked up several flights of rickety stairs to the first studio
in Capitol Hill, for classes. Someone else said, “isn’t
it ‘Embrace The Moon?’" Embrace The Moon is the name
of one of the transitional postures in the Tai Chi form and so the
students would always hear this being called out during class. At
that moment it sounded perfect and so it has been for 11 years.
There are a dozen or so of those founding members who still take classes
at Embrace The Moon. These early students followed the school from
its various rental spaces in Capitol Hill to Wallingford to Ballard
to Ballard again, providing many volunteer hours and advising us along
the way. Each one of these students as well as everyone who comes
through our doors helps to shape our school, making it a strong and
Embrace The Moon Today
Like our practices, Embrace The Moon continues to evolve. In 2003
Kim Ivy and many students helped to bring the vision of Embrace
The Moon to its next level. In September of that year Embrace The Moon
opened up its own dedicated space on Market Street in Ballard. The
larger space is aesthetically designed to create a sense of calm,
an Oasis within one’s hectic daily life. There is a 1200 square
foot dedicated practice hall with lovely reclaimed pecan floors. The
paint is soft and the incandescent light is just right. There is calming
and inspiring calligraphy spaced on the walls. We also have another
1100 square foot back room that has our office but most importantly
has a comfortable conversation and rest area. There is always hot
water for tea!
With our own space we have the luxury of offering a diverse range
of topics with extremely qualified teachers. In addition to our Tai
Chi and Qigong classes for teens and adults, we are the only program
in Seattle that offers a combination of martial arts and Tai Chi for
children and include their parents & adult friends for some great conditioning. We have Greg Patenude teaching meditation class and many great workhops presenters throughout the year. Within the
class offerings you will find something you are comfortable with and
you will always find welcoming fellow students. In addition to our strong lineage of Tai Chi as a Martial Art, we remain true to our
roots offering many classes for those with a health focus. Moreover
find that everyone has the same focus: to become stronger, more relaxed,
happier, and more vital. And the value of Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation
for this type of personal development is clear. We welcome you.
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Grandmaster Chen, Xiaowang
Sifu Gaspar Garcia,
Health Prevention & Information Portal
Chen, Hui, Xian
Personal Note from Founder Kim Ivy
had just turned 20 when I began my journey along the Internal Arts
Way. After a long road trip landed me in Tucson, Arizona I found the
feisty young woman I was becoming had much less direction in life
than I had energy to live it. Finding a way to ground that energy
was a challenge and somehow I found myself at the doorstep of my first
martial arts school. The quiet Asian interior was the antithesis of
my conservative Nebraska upbringing but I felt a deep pull and signed
up immediately for my first class.
The vigorous, disciplined art of Judo was perfect for me. Its curriculum
and years of sweaty practice taught me to temper my body and to focus
my mind. Admittedly, the qualities of discipline, patience and respect
that infused the practice seemed at times unsympathetic to me. And
during those times I resisted them with all my might. I wondered,
as did my friends and family, what was I doing spending so much of
my free time there?
Yet even in the midst of opinions, doubts and frustrations, mine and
others, there was a powerful undertow keeping me connected to my practice.
Certainly the elegant sweeping movements, the feel of deep rhythmic
breath and the community of friends laughing and training were enough
to override my own reservations. Without a doubt the strength and
fitness were rewarding and evident, but for me practicing was more.
And for the years to come this something more lay deep inside me as
only a mysterious, unarticulated feeling, one that made no demands
upon me but simply carried me forward through my practice.
I am closer to 60 than make sense to me!
I wonder what I can tell you about the past 36 years of practice.
I can speak with love and reverence to the different arts, students
and teachers who continue to reveal themselves to me. I can say it
still seems like the beginning. I can tell you that over the vast
and diverse landscape of my life sweat and study has been a blessed
metronome. I would like for you to know that I am most humbled and
grateful for the grounding of energy and psyche that it all has given
me and I look enthusiastically to the “Wuji,” the as yet
to be formed possibilities.
There is one more thing I might like to say about 39 years. Do you
remember my mentioning the unarticulated feeling of my early training
days? There are whispers forming around that feeling now. And I can
hear them. If I were you I would want to ask, “What do the soft
whispers say?” It is not that they are a secret; it is that
I am still listening myself. Yet what I can say is this: listen –
listen inside, to your own mystery. Listen to what is quiet and gestating.
And wait for the whispers, they will come.
Perhaps the Internal Arts will be a vehicle for you as they are for
me. It is a good time to see if they are. Our lives, our culture,
our world needs for us to at least try to find a way to hear the whispers.
These practices as I know them are excellent tools, sharp and skillful
methods for turning down the noise. Perhaps it will not happen right
away. But do not give up. Keep
listening. Keep practicing.
May the Spirit continue,
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Policy & Procedures
consult with your healthcare provider if you are in doubt about your
The Moon welcomes all people regardless of ethnic, religious or
and those with special health needs are most welcome.
ask that you have a sincere interest in your self-development.
ask that you treat your teacher, your classmates and the training
space as you would yourself, with respect and care.
consideration to those with sensitivities, please come to practice
fragrance and smoke free.
loose, comfortable clothing and soft-soled indoor-dedicated shoes.
Bare and stocking feet are fine.
payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Inquire about
payment plans and scholarships.
to the scholarship fund for those less fortunate are welcome but
are not tax deductible.
take all make-ups with the session for which you are registered.
You may try another class for your make-up.
occasionally travel for study or teaching. In these cases, classes
will continue with a qualified substitute instructor.
Kim directly with any concerns or questions.
when Taiji and Qigong are practiced correctly, they pose minimal
risk to one's health, and are, in fact extremely beneficial,
Embrace The Moon, Inc., Kim Ivy, substitute teachers, or practice
spaces are not liable for mishaps or injury sustained during
class or in the practice. Enrollment in the classes signifies
that you understand and accept the aforementioned waver of liability.
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Our school and our teachers are available
for hire to infuse Taijiquan, Qigong & Yoga with your individual
personal or professional needs. How about a personal retreat for yourself?
The gentle movements of Taijiquan and Qigong are perfect to relax,
renew and regenerate. We can create a weekend, week or longer program
for you within our regular group classes or you can hire one of our
teachers for a series of private lessons. Are you a program manager
for your company? We have many fun and interesting ways of spicing
up your meetings, giving your participants a gentle stretch and breath
break in the midst of spread sheets and budget analysis. We also provide
classes & workshops to non-profit companies and health care facilities.
We look forward to collaborating with you to create an affordable,
interesting and modern twist to your life and lifestyle! Many diverse
references available upon request.
the Moon School for Taijiquan and Qigong
1716 NW Market
Seattle, WA 98107
a map to the school
you are interested in renting our beautiful space for classes or workshops, please
contact Kim Ivy