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Quiet places to find your zen in Melbourne

Everyone needs some well-deserved time out – preferably sooner rather than later. Whether you’re a secret yoga pro or love some quiet time, here are six restorative places in Melbourne to find your zen.

Aleenta Barre

Exercising doesn’t have to leave your energy levels running bare. Aleenta Barre marries the mindfulness of yoga with pilates moves and ballet for a non-impact workout that targets core muscles. Perfect for improving strength, flexibility and posture, classes feature traditional American barre style workouts. Those with extra oomph in their engines can choose between hit intensity cardio sessions and abs-focused workouts in these sunlit studios. With workouts available during peak lunch hours and before and after work, there has never been a better reason to take an hour for yourself.

Just hanging out. (Photo credit: Aleenta Bar Facebook)

Just hanging out. (Photo credit: Aleenta Bar Facebook)


Meaning “quiet place” in Gaelic, the Mingary is a tranquil, non-denominational sanctuary in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD. A decade-old refuge to escape from the everyday stresses of life, Mingary is located on the Russell Street side of St Michael’s Church. Devoid of religious art, Mingary instead features stunning abstract sculptures, calm water installations and soft lighting. This quiet place is open to the public, for those that wish to find it.


If you’re not one for traditional meditation, head over to the National Gallery of Victoria for peaceful relaxation that doesn’t involve downward dog. With a range of free and ticketed exhibitions running all year, the NGV frequently boasts collections from the best local and international artists. Paintings, interactive spaces, sculptures and multimedia installations are just some of the artistic treasures you could stumble through at the NGV. And don’t forget the Ian Potter Centre (NGV Australia) behind Fed Square as well!

Take in some art in a quiet space at the NGV.

Take in some art in a quiet space at the NGV.

Breathe Pilates

Breathe in, and breathe out, at Breathe Pilates’ two sun-lit studios. Featuring open high ceilings and cool concrete floors, Breathe Pilates offers an incredible variety of classes between their two modern studios on Little Collins St and Goldie Place. From reformer pilates to flow yoga, meditation to barre – there’s certainly a class for every level of fitness. Classes run mainly before 8.30am, during lunch hour, and after 5.30pm.

Melbourne Meditation Centre

The Melbourne Meditation Centre is conveniently located on Flinders Lane, so there’s no excuse to skip your daily dose of downtime. From meditation to courses designed to boost mindfulness, classes run after work hours at the Centre for Adult Education. If you’re in need of some serious time out from everyday stresses, there are also three-day and one-day meditation retreats that focus on rest, relaxation and personalised meditation.