Pillows, cushions, bench, chairs…There are so many different types of meditation support that are available on the market.
But which one is the best meditation cushion and how can we choose the one that works for us?
In this post, we are going to talk about the top meditation supports and what to look at when choosing your own meditation cushion.
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Best for: Lotus position meditators or those with chronic pain or back pain
Best for: Beginners with a budget or those who need to use it in class or while traveling
Best for: cross-legged Meditators that prefer to sit higher or looking for a multifunctional pillow
How to choose the best meditation cushions
We are making our decisions based on 3 aspects of a meditation cushion or chair: HEIGHT, FILLING and DURABILITY.
The height of the cushion decides whether your spine is effectively elevated. An appropriate elevation will make sure you can breath smoothly even keeping the position for hours.
The filling decides whether the cushion or chair is firm enough to support the weight. Too soft, your hip will sink into the pillow thus causes back pain. Too hard, your hip will be taking most of the pressure and will affect the blood circulation of your lower body.
Durability is another major element we look into when choosing a meditation pillow. We are looking for support for meditation or yoga that lasts. Thus we pay special attention to reviews that are given by buyers that owned the pillow for 6 months or more.
What we DON'T recommend
How Does Support Matter To Meditation
When you first start practicing meditation, 5 minutes on your sofa or on your bed would not be a problem.
As you progress in your practice, the duration of each meditate session becomes longer. And you will need to be in a perfect posture to keep your mind focused and your breathe stable.
That’s when a meditation cushion come in handy. A good meditation pillow keeps your spine aligned and straight. By lifting your pelvis, it’s easier for you stay awake and focused.
Best Meditation Support For Kneeling Position
While the lotus is the most preferred meditating posture, some favors a kneeling position(namely “seiza” position).
If you are a knee meditator, instead of the traditional pillows, a bench may be more suitable for you.
With a meditation bench, your hip is elevated. There is enough space to put your legs underneath the bench thus keep them from going numb.
Also, benches are more stable for seiza than cushions so you are less likely to move around during your sessions.
Our Final Thoughts
We can’t simply say which one is the best meditation support for you because we all have different needs.
But a good cushion should be able to keep you focused, give you comfort and protect you from injuring yourself.
It is definitely an worthy investment for those who want to take one step forward in meditation.