You place it on the floor and perch atop it, thinking to yourself that the pillow seemed a lot fluffier before you sat on it. Feeling your sitz bones getting cozy with the floor, you persevere and shut your eyes. In a huff of frustrating discomfort, you readjust and try to settle back in. This cycle continues for the next 20 minutes. Hey, meditators? At Gaiam, we know meditation, and we know what an incredible difference a comfortable meditation pillow can make.
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How do I know if I need a meditation cushion? Is there a cushion that can help me with my meditation posture, and if so, what is it? I am going to try out 12 different cushions for my meditation practice and let you know which one works best for me. We all have different body types and need support in different areas, so while I might like one best, you might find another one that suits your personal needs better. Yes, this was my first cushion for meditation.
Sitting down directly on the ground during meditation, without the aid of any meditation cushions can be rather uncomfortable and sometimes painful for me. My lower back protests quite a bit due to my history with lower back pains , my sitting bones hurt after a while, and my calves go completely numb due to lack of circulation. Given the choice, I prefer meditating in Shavasana — but this is not ideal especially for morning meditations when my intentions are to wake up and be energized, not head right back to sleep with this super relaxing pose!
A zabuton is a flat, rectangular cushion that is often placed under a zafu cushion or meditation bench to cushion the knees and ankles and offer insulation from cold floors. It can also be used to provide extra cushioning and support in many yoga asanas. Laid flat, it provides excellent padding for the upper spine in Shoulderstand or for the knee in a lunge.