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Guided Meditation: Breath counting meditation for relaxation

Beach meditation, CorralejoThis free guided meditation works with breath counting, allowing you to focus your mind, leading you to a deep state of relaxation. During meditation it is normal for your mind to wander. When you notice your mind wandering, simply acknowledge your thoughts and then come back to your breath.

Please ensure you are sitting or lying comfortably before you begin this meditation. Start by closing your eyes. Relax and take a few slow, deep breaths into your abdomen. Feel the tension in your body dissipate and notice how the muscles in your face, jaw and shoulders start to relax.

Focus your attention on your breath count, allowing you to eventually exclude other ‘chatter’ in your mind. Your mind will eventually quieten, leaving stress and other thoughts behind, which will allow you to enter a state of deep relaxation.


There are many benefits to practicing meditation regularly including:

  • reduction in stress
  • improved circulation and oxygenation in the body
  • improved immune function
  • decreases pain and inflammation
  • improved sleep.

This is an excellent meditation to practice after a stressful day at work, or before bed. Enjoy!

About the author

Maria Victoria RosalesVicky started practicing Yoga while she was studying Foreign Languages at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, 15 years ago. She practiced Hatha Yoga during that time; then left Venezuela and went to Spain, where she lived for 6 years.

Vicky lived in Girona, in the mainland; then moved to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Here she had the pleasure to meet her Azul Family: her Yoga teacher Radhika who was teaching in Azul at that time, as well as Jamie and Karissa. Vicky assisted Radhika’s Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes. At the same time she started to work with Azul, helping with everything from breakfasts to guiding guests around the Island. She had the opportunity to complete her teacher training in Hatha Yoga at Gayatri Yoga School lead by Radhika and Kiran. She finished her course in 2011 and taught Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation at Villa Azul and at the Lotus Lodge.

In 2013 she left Fuerteventura and returned to Venezuela. She started teaching Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra in the Holistic Center Shamagin, located in Lechería, in the north Coast of Venezuela. She continues to follow her own practice, with her teacher Marlene, and continues to write yoga and meditation resources for Azul, as sharing the benefits of yoga and meditation are Vicky’s passion.