Mindful Stretch Class South Melbourne

Delving Deeper: The Intersection of Physical Movement and Mental Well-being

In the vibrant city of Melbourne, amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding moments of peace and tranquillity can seem like a distant dream. Yet, within the walls of our meditation and mindfulness studio, we’ve discovered a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern living: Mindful Stretch. This unique class goes beyond traditional yoga sessions, delving into the science-backed connection between physical movement and emotional release. Join us on a journey to understand how the simple act of stretching can serve as a gateway to profound mental and emotional well-being.

Mirosuna’s Mindful Stretch is no Yoga class. We embrace a different philosophy to movement and for us, it’s not about looking good or a certain way in poses. It is about allowing our emotional and mental tension to flow outward as we move, stretch and open our bodies in which allows us to recalibrate and feel better all whilst increasing our mobility, flexibility and sense of community.

We highly recommend Mindful Stretch for those who don’t feel a calling to a traditional Yoga class and would like to get deep stretch into their mind and body.

Unravelling the Mind-Body Connection

At the heart of Mindful Stretch lies the profound understanding of the mind-body connection. Australian psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Carbone, from the national mental health charity Beyond Blue, highlights, “Our emotions and physical sensations are deeply intertwined. When we experience stress or anxiety, our bodies often respond with muscle tension and discomfort.” This insight underscores the importance of addressing both the physical and mental aspects of well-being in tandem.

Australian Studies on Stress and Movement

Research conducted at the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences further illuminates this connection. Dr. Sarah Edelman, a clinical psychologist and researcher, led a study examining the impact of physical movement on stress reduction. The findings revealed that individuals who engaged in regular stretching and movement practices reported lower levels of perceived stress and greater emotional resilience.

The Role of Stretching in Stress Reduction

But how does stretching actually help alleviate stress and tension? Dr. Lisa Beatty, an Australian physiotherapist specializing in mind-body techniques, explains, “When we stretch our muscles, we activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the ‘rest and digest’ response.” This physiological shift triggers a cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones that promote relaxation, including endorphins and oxytocin.

Moreover, stretching increases blood flow to the brain, nourishing neural pathways associated with emotional regulation and mood stability. Dr. Craig Hassed, an Australian general practitioner and mindfulness expert, emphasizes, “Regular stretching can enhance neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and rewire in response to experiences. This can lead to greater emotional resilience and well-being over time.”

Releasing Emotional Tension Through Movement

In Mirosuna’s Mindful Stretch classes, participants are guided through gentle to strong, intentional movements designed to target areas of accumulated tension in the body. Australian yoga therapist and mindfulness teacher Dr. Anne Bailey explains, “By mindfully attending to sensations in the body as we stretch, we create space for buried emotions to surface and be acknowledged.” This process of somatic experiencing allows individuals to release pent-up emotional energy and cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and acceptance.

Australian psychologist Dr. Russ Harris, renowned for his work in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), adds, “Movement-based practices like Mindful Stretch offer a unique pathway to emotional healing by engaging both the body and mind in the therapeutic process.” Through a combination of stretching, breathwork, and mindfulness techniques, participants learn to meet their internal experiences with curiosity and compassion, paving the way for profound transformation.

Embracing Mindfulness in Motion

Central to the practice of Mindful Stretch is the cultivation of mindfulness – the art of being present with our experiences without judgment. Australian mindfulness teacher and author Dr. Elise Bialylew emphasizes, “Mindfulness invites us to observe the ebb and flow of sensations, thoughts, and emotions as we move through our stretches.”

This non-reactive awareness allows individuals to develop greater resilience in the face of life’s challenges and uncertainties.


In the dynamic landscape of Melbourne’s wellness scene, Mindful Stretch stands out as a beacon of holistic healing and transformation. By integrating the wisdom of the mind-body connection with evidence-based practices, we offer a sanctuary for individuals seeking relief from the burdens of stress and tension. So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and liberation, why not join us for a session of Mindful Stretch? Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for it.

Our Mindful Stretch class runs several times a week so be sure to check out our timetable and book in advanced. We take a small number of people per class so that we keep things personalised and tailored to you.

If you have injuries or limited mobility/flexibility, we can offer you alternatives, progressions or regressions as you go along your journey. This class is suitable to adults of all ages. We don’t recommend this class for those who are pregnant however for a gentler pregnancy friendly class, we recommend our Yin Candlelit as an alternative.

We welcome you to discover our range of other classes here.

We cannot wait for you to experience our unique Mindful Stretch class so if you are near by South Melbourne, please pop in and check it out! We’d love to host you in a group or a 1:1 session if that is your preference. For 1:1’s simply email us on hello@mirosuna.com or call us on 0492 926 385.

Mirosuna – Your Sanctuary for Mindful Movement and Well-being in Melbourne, Australia.