Looking for the best meditation cushions to buy?
Cushions are an important item to have for your practice. Your Zen garden or meditation room is not complete without a good cushion.
When you meditate, it is vital to have good posture and to be comfortable. A quality meditation cushion will help you to achieve this. Or, alternatively, you could use a meditation seat.
But how do you choose the right meditation cushion for you?
How To Choose A Meditation Cushion
Step 1: Ask yourself these questions
Before you go grabbing the first meditation cushion you see, there are quite a lot of consideration to make.
To find the right meditation cushion, ask yourself the following:
- What type of meditation you will be doing
- Do you have any special requirements? For instance, if you have spinal injuries you will need a meditation cushion that helps support your spine.
- Where will the cushion go? How will it fit with the decor of the room?
Let’s go through this one step at a time so you know precisely the right meditation cushion for you.
Step. 2 Make sure your cushion, seat or pillow supports proper posture
Your body needs proper support when you’re sitting or you may suffer a spinal injury.
If you are meditating for a long time in the wrong position you’ll put pressure on your spine, your legs, your gluts, everything. Not only is that not conducive to focus and relaxation it’s also a sure-fire way to knacker your body. And your body is the most beautiful and valuable thing you will ever possess. So we’d better take care of it.
Meditation cushions, yoga bolsters, blankets, these are all items that help you to get into the right posture.
So with that in mind you might like to ask…
What meditation posture will you be using?
Now I know that you guys, my Zen-sational readers, know an awful lot about meditation already. So you probably already know the basic sitting positions like lotus, half lotus, kneeling (seiza), standing, and lying down. And I know that you guys are flexible and can stay in full-lotus for a good few hours. But stop there, Yogi. Even if you’re as flexible as a Pretzel you’re still going to need proper support.
Proper posture means that your spine is erect with your lower back curved in (lumbar support, people). Your upper back is going to be a little bit curved and your head and neck should feel like they are floating lightly towards the ceiling.
You will know when you have the right position for meditation because it will feel as though your spine is holding itself up with zero effort. The problem is that a lot us sit in such a way that we put unwanted stress on the spine, which can lead to bad injuries.
So, make sure your spine has the right natural curves and that it feels as though it is supporting itself with no effort.
- Naturally, this will vary depending on the specific sitting position you are using.
Above you can see the ideal position. When you get a Zafu or a Zabuton you want to make sure that it supports this position.
Kneeling is often best done on a Zafu, Yoga Bolster, Rectangular Meditation Cushion, or Meditation Bench.
These types of cushions give a lot of support to your upper body and they reduce the pressure on your knee joints, which helps to reduce the chances of injury
A BackJack Chair is one of the best options for sitting positions. For maximum support on your lower back you might also like to use a round cushion with your backjack chair. This will help to get your spine in the right ‘S’ position.
A yoga mat is one of the best options for lying down. These offer you basic support for your whole body. You can also add a yoga bolster and blanket for extra support under your knees, back and neck.
Step 3. Acquaint yourself with the different types of meditation cushions
So, let’s take a look at the different types of meditation cushions
The Zafu Meditation Cushion. These are the traditional cushions that are used in Zen meditation. They are generally round and have a pleated cushion. The benefit of a Zafu is that it lifts your body up in such a way that your legs and spine are comfortable. You will generally position yourself on the edge of your Zafu so that the hips are rolled forwards lightly. This slight movement helps to get your spine into proper alignment. Most Zazu will be fine for people of regular height and weight. If you are a little taller you might like to get a higher Zafu that gives plenty of room for your legs, otherwise you will feel cramped.
Cosmic Cushion. This is a very stylish cushion that looks like a children’s drawing of a butterfly. It features a built-in slope that helps to make sure you sit in the proper position. Cosmic Cushions are wide, which produces plenty of support for the legs when you’re sitting in full-lotus. Overall, this is an excellent choice and particularly good for taller people.
Rectangular Meditation Cushion: Rectangular meditation cushions are by far the most practical type of cushion in terms of room space. You can put them away easier than other types of meditation cushion. You might find that with this type of cushion you need to fold your legs in more, which is fine for those of us who are particularly flexible but could be challenging for other people. Again, just make sure you’re able to sit on it comfortably before picking one up.
The Zabuton Meditation Cushion: These are excellent cushions for supporting your ankles and knees. If you have knee injuries I recommend you grab a zabuton. You put the cushion under a zafu or under any other type of meditation cushion. It produces additional support and will help make sure that you sit in the right position.
4. Choose the best color
So now you should have a pretty good idea of what type of meditation cushion you’d like to get. The next considerationis what colour cushion you’d like.
The colour of your meditation cushion should promote the state of mind that you want when you meditate.
Red: The warmest colour. Creates feelings of love and passion.
Green: Connects you with nature and produces balance and calmness.
Blue: The most relaxing colour. Helps you to calm.
Black: Black is a serious colour that produces feelings of authority. This will make you respect your meditation more and will encourage you to get deeper into meditation.
Orange: One of the most positive colours. This will make you feel happy and positive.
Yellow: The colour of the sun. Produces feelings of joy.
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Let’s take a look at some of the best meditation cushions available.
Best Meditation Cushions To Buy
Zafu Yoga Cushion
The Zafu Yoga cushion looks modern and is highly fashionable. It’s filled with buckwheat from the USA, making it ecofriendly. You can take out the filling and easily wash the material. Best of all, this cushion is available in 16 different colours, meaning you’re bound to find one that fits with your home decor. 94 reviewers have given this cushion a review score of 4.5 out of 5 and it’s easy to see why.
Mobile Meditator’s Inflatable Meditation Cushion
This is the absolute best cushion to take with you when you travel. It’s light, meaning its easy to pack and to to carry, and it’s easy to inflate. Ergonomically designed, this cushion is so very comfy you’ll find yourself taking it everywhere and using it often. The best meditation cushion for travelling with.
Zabuton & Zafu Yoga Cushion Set
This is one of the newer sets on the market and is perfect for both meditation and for practicing yoga exercises. I personally put the cushions from this set around the tea table (they make quite nice home decorations) and the zabuton is extremely comfortable. I’ve had many students on the zabuton and they all seem to really like it. And so do the Amazon reviewers! The set has 4.5 stars from 21 reviews.
Relaxo Zafu Statics Cushion
Personally, I don’t really like the design of this cushion. It’s an ancient East indian pattern which simply doesn’t match my home decor at all. But doubtlessly it will work for many. What I will say about this cushion is that it is one of the most comfortable on the market. It uses AXIS innovation technology to promote good posture. You’ll be able to sit for hours in complete comfort. A truly excellent cushion.
Yoga Accessories Cotton Zabuton
This 100% cotton meditation cushion contains 3 1/2 inches of stuffing and provides excellent support while remaining completely comfortable. There’s a zipper along the side that you can use to take the stuffing out and wash the cushion. The batting inside is in a cotton casing. In terms of design, this cushion comes in a variety of different colours, all of which are in the classic style.
Dreamtime Perfect Balance Zafu Cushion
A buckwheat cushion that is designed for long periods of sitting, this cushion feels simply perfect. Not only will this meditation cushion help you to remain comfortable during long meditations, it will also help you to improve your posture. The handle along the side of the cushion is a nice touch too as it makes it easy to carry the cushion from one place to another — it’s a small detail but it saves a lot of hassle.
I highly recommend all of the meditation cushions. Pick your favourite and grab it today!
And now you’ve got the perfect cushion, it’s time to consider these other important meditation tools.