Where yoga and shen connect

Yoga Connect Shen has evolved as a combination of the love and experience of two ancient medicines and philosophies. When 20 years of Chinese Medicine experience combines and connects with 20 years of yoga practice, then the Yoga connects to the Shen.

The word Shen in Chinese Medicine is a complex concept but put simply is ‘the spiritual element of a person’s psyche’.

The birth of Yoga Connect Shen signifies the desire to not only have Chinese Medicine (in its own right a powerful healing modality) but the strength, flexibility and peace that yoga brings to the table.


Meet your teacher

Nicky MacDonald

Nicky has been in clinical practice since 2000 and is a AHPRA registered Chinese Medicine practitioner Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Dispenser. She runs the Acupuncture Emporium and Natural Therapy Centre in West End, Brisbane. Nicky is also a certified 200 hour Level 1 Yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.

Nicky will complete her prenatal yoga training in June 2018. Nicky has a vision of bringing together her 18 years of clinical experience with Chinese Medicine and her passion for yoga to provide unique yoga and meditation classes to support her exisiting and new clients.



Certifications & Partnerships

Acupuncture Emporium & Natural Therapy Centre

With clinics in West End and Holland Park in Brisbane, Acupuncture Emporium is a friendly, family-oriented complementary health practice with a focus on Chinese Medicine.

Our passion is to improve your health and wellbeing, and our team regularly undertake professional development to keep abreast of the latest innovations that can be of benefit to you, our patients. With care and compassion, we allow you ample time to share your health concerns. We believe this is the key to assisting you to achieve your health goals.

The Acupuncture Emporium and Natural Therapy Centre was originally established in 1982 by Phil Vanderzeil and is now headed by Dr Nicola MacDonald (Clinical and Managing Director, acupuncturist & Chinese herbalist).

Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic

The Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic in Newhaven, Victoria, is a centre that aims to help you to feel less tired, less stressed and more inspired to take your health into your own hands and make better decisions.

The clinic has four registered practitioners on the team, three working in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, including Dr Nicola MacDonald (clinic manager, acupuncturist & Chinese herbalist). There is also an integrative GP (General Practitioner).

Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic is also the only Chinese medicine practice in Australia with the biggest Government approved onsite dispensary.

Rainbow Kids Yoga

Rainbow Yoga is a family managed and love inspired business, lovingly born in 2007, with the intention of giving people the tools to teach fun, engaging, and creative yoga classes for children, families, partners and communities.

Bliss Baby Yoga

Bliss Baby Yoga has been offering quality teacher training courses and workshops in the specialised field of yoga for women for over 10 years.

The signature Bliss Baby Yoga philosophy and methodology fuses scientific knowledge of safe practices with a holistic, spiritual understanding for a satisfying learning experience.

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