Everyone has different body type and therefore different kind of needs when it comes to meditation postures. I have created this post, “Meditation benches, cushions and chairs”, to help you find which tool fits you and your needs best.
I want to start by saying that it’s very important to sit properly in your meditation posture. A correct posture will help you reach the desirable state of mind and let the energy flow inside of you freely.
Being too relaxed will result to a drowsy mindset while being too tense will make it very hard for you to relax your mind. You have to find a posture where you can sit with your back straight but still feel relaxed.
Keep also in mind that some people have the tendency to slump or over arch. You just have to find the exact point where you feel relaxed and your spine is straight.
When you find this point, you may notice that it’s not so comfortable staying long periods of time in it; either it is the crossed legged position or vajrasana:
Or maybe you cannot stay in these poses at all.
Of course, by sitting on these poses often, our body will eventually get used and gain the flexibility needed. But we also have to feel our limits so that we won’t hurt or burden our body and especially our joints.
Everybody has a different body type and different needs. Some people hurt in their knees while sitting in the meditation pose and others in their back, ankles or hips.
Some just need a support to make it more comfortable.
I’m going to introduce you to the most effective tools (meditation benches, cushions and chairs) that will make your meditation easier and help you stay longer by eliminating the physical pain or burden, that may be a source of distraction for your meditation.
Meditation bench IKUKO
If you have pain in your knees, ankles, back or hips, or if you cannot sit up straight, while cross legged or in vajrasana, this bench is perfect for you.
It doesn’t only relieve your legs from the pressure, it also helps you relax your back and shoulders and keep the natural curve of your back, helping you sit up straight.
Sitting on IKUKO bench doesn’t burden any body part because the weight of your body is evenly distributed.
Note: This bench might be to high for you if you are not taller than 5’5 or 1,65 cm. There is a smaller size available on IKUKOs official website.
Buddha Meditation Chairs by Friends Of Meditation
If you find it difficult to sit on the floor without any back support, this meditation chairs are ideal for you.
This one has a cushion to support your back and another one that lifts your body up and helps you straighten up your back and at the same time relieves your knees, hips and ankles from some of the pressure. It also helps you sit in Siddhasana (watch the video above).
There are simpler versions of this chair available on amazon.
Dhyana Meditation Cushion
Another great solution is the “Zen Home Dhyana Meditation Cushion”. This cushion is filled with organic Kapok. It provides you support on knees, hips and ankles, and helps you keep your posture up straight. It’s firm and stable and you can use it in 4 different ways each one providing you a cushion of different height depending on your needs and flexibility. Watch the video below.
If I were to buy a smaller cushion, that doesn’t provide any support on the ankles, I would like to try one that is filled with buckwheat because it’s easier to give it the shape you want. I have never bought one though, because I have heared from several people that after having them (usually for a longer time of period) the buckwheat became a source of bugs; and it’s really something I don’t want to experience.
The one I use now is filled with cotton and it’s very comfortable.
Half Moon Meditation Cushion by The Seat Of Your Soul
This cushion is made from 100% organic cotton and it’s cover is removeable so that you can wash it.
Sitting on this cushion gives you support on hips and legs and helps you keep your spine up straight.
Tips for finding the ideal cushion
I advise you to try on several pillows at home before buying any cushion. Try to sit on hard and soft pillows of different height to see which fits you best. If you don’t have hard/ firm pillows at home you can try sitting on towels. Doing this, you can adjust the height and find the perfect fit for you.
Note: Be careful with the height of the cushion. A too low, may make you slump while a too high, will make you arch.
So, experiment at home on various surfaces to see what fits your body best.
It’s also helpful to check out the reviews of the product.
All the pictures in this post are linked to amazon. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products just click on the image and you will be redirected to amazon where you can find the dimensions and more information about the specific product you are interested in.
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