Choosing the proper meditation cushion or pillow depends on a few criteria including meditation posture, proper alignment, comfort, and the look and feel of the cushion. Common meditation postures include the traditional full-lotus, half-lotus (cross-legged), kneeling (seiza), chair sitting, and lying (shavasana) postures. During a sitting meditation in either the full or half lotus posture a firm foundation is crucial. The Zafu Meditation Cushion, the traditional round pleated cushion, raises the hips and upper body so that the legs can rest comfortably. Taller individuals and those with more limited flexibility tend to benefit from a higher lift. For those who prefer only a slight lift, but still want a cutout to allow close positioning of the heels, the Heavenly Buckwheat Bean may be the best solution. The Rectangular Meditation Cushion is a simple solution that can provide lift for proper alignment. The Zabuton Meditation Cushion provides cushioning for the knees and ankles during sitting meditation. When discomfort is experienced in the hip joint, knees or ankles, additional support can be provided by the Knee Pillow or Kapok Support Cushion. The kneeling or Seiza meditation posture can be supported by a Zafu, Meditation Bench, Rectangular Meditation Cushion, or Yoga Bolster. In the lying posture a Cotton Yoga Mat or Shiatsu Massage Mat can provide the basic foundation for comfort. No matter which posture is assumed during meditation, a firm foundation, proper alignment to support the body and breath, and comfort are important. The color of the cushion may not be too important, though most people look for a color that will fit with the color scheme of their meditation space.
Kapok is a downy cotton-like material that comes from the Kapok Trees of Asia and southern regions of the US. Learn more about Meditation Technique, Cushion Reviews, other Meditation Products, and Solving Problems such as Leg Numbness by reading our Sage Meditation Blog. We hope this information has been helpful to you and that we can be of service to you soon. Moonleap cushions are intelligently designed to support a forward pelvic tilt and remove pressure from the Sciatic nerve and more sensitive areas of the buttocks that can be compressed by the pelvic bones.
Pressure where the leg meets the buttocks can cause compression of the Sciatic nerve which often results in numb legs during or after sitting. For those with little meat on their rear and those of advancing years, the soft centre will also bring relief from pain felt during long sitting where the pelvic bones would normally compress the buttocks when using a conventional cushion. All Moonleap cushions are made from heavy weight, non-slip fabrics sewn together with super strong upholstery grade thread.
Our mats measure 36 inches by 30 inches which is larger than most meditation mats on the market. When making a meditation mat with a foam core we have found that mats thicker than two inches can become too squishy and the meditator may feel unstable.
A suitable mat will not only cushion and stabilize the knees and or ankles during meditation, but it will also provide the right degree of friction so that the meditator does not gradually slide forward off their cushion. Free Psychic Readings: Daily Horoscopes, free tarot reading, runes, cosult the I Ching & more! You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Click the button below to add the Meditation Cushion Set - Zafu & Folding Zabuton - Global Weave - Burgundy to your wish list. Our folding zabuton was designed for those who like to travel or go on meditation retreats and want a comfortable yet portable floor cushion for meditation practice.
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You may use more than one posture for meditation such as the half-lotus for your morning meditation and then savasana at the end of a yoga session. The spine should be erect with the lower back curved in, the upper back curved out slightly, the neck curved in slightly, and the head level (the "S" curve). Sitting directly on top of the zafu can increase lift, but may result in an unstable feel with difficulty maintaining balance and proper alignment.

This cushion has a fortune cookie shape and built-in slope that produces proper alignment with greater comfort. Greater flexibility may be needed in order to feel comfortable on the Heavenly Buckwheat Bean, because of its lower lift.
Since this cushion has straight edges, it will not interfere with positioning of the heels.
Placing the knee pillow under the knee will raise the knee up reducing the torque on the knee joint. Straddling one of these cushions will support the upper body and reduce torque on the knee joint. Whether a Backjack or regular chair is used, a kapok support cushion can be used to cushion the lower back and create the normal "S" curve of the spine. A Yoga Blanket, Yoga Bolster, or Kapok Support Cushion can be placed under the knees, back, neck or other areas of the body to raise and support those areas of the body.
Meditation and support cushions are instrumental in achieving comfort so that one can focus on the mind and not be distracted by physical discomfort. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and are made with many different materials.
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They help support the body in various meditation postures and create proper alignment and comfort. At Sage Meditation we've been making cushions for several years and have put a great deal of thought into the design and construction of our meditation cushions. The soft foam central cushion combined with the contoured outer cushions eliminate this problem to a significant extent. Like buckwheat husk, spelt husk conforms naturally under pressure, but is lighter and more breathable than buckwheat.
Since hips and buttocks vary in size for women and men, the widest point may be above or below your hip bones. We have found that this thickness is ideal for both cross leg sitting using our Moonleap cushions or for use in kneeling postures.
There is a certain satisfaction that comes with having plenty of room on your mat and not having your knees right on the edge. When a mat is too thick we have also seen a cushion will sink more than the knees and so extra height needs to be added under the cushion to compensate. When we use a cushion on either a surface that is too hard or too slippery then we will not be able to fully relax down into our posture with no tension in the legs. This generally causes the legs, hips, spine, shoulders, and head to misalign and can result in discomfort. The ability to meditate in any of the sitting or kneeling postures is determined largely by the flexibility of your ankles, knees, and hips.
This alignment naturally supports your body, allows for the greatest comfort, and reduces stress on the spinal components. A rectangular meditation cushion can be used with the zafu to increase lift and allow for positioning of the cushions to produce proper alignment. The extended sides of the cushion support the thighs, and the heel cutout allows the heels and ankles to be positioned closely to the body. The lift is not as high as the standard zafu and is preferred by those with greater flexibility or who are of average height or lower. Proper alignment of the body in the sitting posture can create some additional pressure on the knees and ankles, and the zabuton helps to cushion these pressure areas.
Using a combination of these cushions can increase lift for taller persons or those with more limited flexibility.
A Tush Cush Orthopedic Foam Cushion can be used to create a forward slope, again improving the curve of the spine. When we first begin a meditation practice it is useful to focus on the body for a short time to take notice of any areas of the body that need additional support or adjustment. It is important to take the time to think about each of the designs and how they can best suit your personal needs.
It is a useful product for meditation cushions because it does not compress like cotton, polyester batting, and foam products. When poured into a cushion they take on the effect of a pile of sand, but with a lot less weigh.

Whether you choose the traditional zafu & zabuton meditation cushions or the more contemporary Cosmic Cushion or Heavenly Buckwheat Bean, your meditation experience can be improved by the use of these aids. It is always helpful to turn to those who are practicing meditation regularly for feedback on which cushions are working best for them. Much attention went into the design process to ensure that the cushions not only look beautiful, but will become a faithful support for your practice for many years to come. Turning side on to a mirror check to see that  measuring tape is parallel to the ground at all points. The depth of a mat is also important as we don’t want to have only half a cushion on the mat as this will tilt our support backwards.
When the mat is any thinner than two inches or a softer foam is used then the meditated may ‘bottom out’ and feel the contact with the floor.
When there is tension in the legs for long periods we will often find tension building in the rest of the body. Meditation cushions or pillows, yoga blankets, yoga bolsters, and other props can greatly improve your posture and comfort level during meditation. In most cases some type of support is needed in order to maintain proper alignment and comfort during meditation. When the spinal column is in its natural alignment, the back, shoulders, neck and head assume a comfortable upright posture that is easy to maintain during meditation. The Cosmic Cushion works well for most everyone, but is an ideal cushion for taller persons and those who are less flexible. A zabuton or kapok support cushion can be used to cushion the knees and ankles from hard floor surfaces. The cutout in the rear portion of the Tush-Cush relieves pressure on the tailbone or coccyx. Consider the height of the cushions, whether the fabric is durable yet soft, and how the fill will support your body. As you explore the use of meditation cushions, please feel free to contact Sage Meditation Customer Service with any questions. Our cushions are shipped with an additional small quantity of husk that can be added after a few months of use after an initial small stretch may have occurred in the cushion fabric.
We use the same beautiful heavy weight, 100% cotton fabric that we use to make our cushions. To ensure a consistent and setup we recommend both knees and entire cushion be located on the mat. What begins with a hard contact with the ground can spread as tension throughout the body especially when we are still relatively new to a sitting meditation practice. As with any practice, whether construction or cooking, meditation requires the proper tools to ensure a successful practice session. When used alone, the zafu is well suited for persons of average height and who have normal to above average flexibility. A lower loft version of the Cosmic Cushion may be best suited for persons who are shorter than 5' 6" or have average to above average flexibility. It has enough give to conform to the shape of the body without collapsing and becoming unsupportive.
The result of the buckwheat hulls is that they conform quite easily to the shape of the body and create a very grounded feeling. This chunky twill fabric provides an ideal soft yet non-slipping surface ideal for a meditation mat. If you are very tall and 36 inches is still not wide enough for you then please let us know and we can make you a custom mat.
When we have pressure points in our posture where we are in contact with either our cushion or mat then we may unconsciously activate our muscles to pull that area up and away from the resulting discomfort. If this happens during meditation we are not finding a natural balance in our posture and any discomfort will become amplified further.

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