How do I choose a meditation pillow?
What should you pay attention to when choosing a meditation pillow?
When you are going to buy a meditation cushion, you should pay attention to 4 things. Choose a meditation or yoga pillow that:
- provides firm support
- you can adjust to your height
- suits your sitting position and flexibility
- looks beautiful in your meditation room
Finally, it is best to buy a meditation pillow that is durable and has a washable cover. This way you can enjoy your pillow the longest.
Read on and discover:
- Which correct seat height suits you?
- Which position do you prefer to be in?
- Which color pillow suits you best?
Why is a meditation pillow necessary?
Is it necessary to buy a pillow for your meditation practices? Our experience is that it helps practitioners immensely. It helps in meditation for beginners, but also if you sit regularly.
It is easier to sit upright for a long time on a meditation cushion. This will help you keep your mind clear and alert. In addition, on a cushion you make good contact with your own base and with the ground.
Of course you can meditate anywhere. And in many ways. You can meditate while walking, lying down, sitting on a chair, but the most common way to practice meditation is still sitting (on a meditation cushion).
The advantage of buying your own meditation pillow is that it not only supports your meditation physically but also mentally: If you sit on the same cushion every day, you train your body and mind, as it were. Your body will then know after a while: 'oh, the pillow, now it's time for meditation'.
The silence, concentration and depth of the meditation then come faster than if you practiced on a different cushion every day, or then on a chair, then on your bed, etc.
What is the correct seat height for a meditation pillow?
The purpose of the pillow is to help you sit firmly and comfortably during your meditation. In this way it is also less painful, so that you can continue the meditation better. So you have to choose a seat height that suits you. Which height is right for you depends on your height and flexibility.
How do you handle that? The standard height of a pillow is 15 cm. If you have been meditating for a while or practice yoga regularly, this will quickly be on the high side. That is why it is best to choose a meditation cushion where you can take the filling out (and in) yourself.
That is the great advantage of a Love Generation meditation cushion.
These pillows are filled as high as possible. You can easily adjust the amount of buckwheat filling yourself, thanks to the round zipper. Do you sit very easily in the lotus or cross-legged position? Then take some more of the filling out of the cushion, if not, leave some more filling for a somewhat higher seating surface.
By experimenting you will quickly discover which height suits you best.
Which meditation pillow shape suits me?
Now you may want to know which meditation cushion shape suits your best posture. Choose the category below that best suits your meditation practice:
Buy a pillow for the lotus position
Do you sit comfortably in lotus position? Then you are probably very flexible in your hips and knees. In that case, you only need a low pillow, just to tilt your pelvis forward a little bit.
A somewhat flatter cushion such as a crescent meditation cushion is often the best. But you can also remove (a lot of) filling from a round meditation cushion, making it low enough for you.
Choosing a pillow to practice cross-legged sitting
Can't get into the lotus but are you comfortable cross-legged? Then a slightly higher round meditation cushion is nicer. Experiment with removing some filling to find the ideal height for you. The tilt of your pelvis will also be slightly easier if your pillow is not completely filled 100% tightly.
Or a meditation bench for the Japanese sitting position (diamond pose)
Don't like sitting cross-legged at all? Then the Japanese Seiza pose on a bench is probably best for you. You sit on a bench with your knees forward and your feet back. The height ensures that there is some space, so that your legs do not pinch or sleep.
The seating surface supports a slight tilt of your pelvis so that you can sit for a longer period of time with a straight back. A meditation bench therefore offers excellent support.
Please be aware; meditation benches are mostly made for people between 1.60 meters and 1.75 meters.
Are you shorter or taller? Then try a round meditation cushion, flat or on its side. You will then sit with both knees forward and feet flat back, and the pillow turned on its side between your legs. On this you sit just as well in the Seiza pose. And the advantage is that you can adjust the height by taking some filling out of the pillow.
View our collection here, a wooden meditation bench is a stylish addition to your practice room.
A round or a crescent pillow?
Crescent meditation pillows are usually slightly lower than round meditation pillows. Again, if cross-legged sitting is comfortable for you, you can opt for this lower cushion, but otherwise a slightly higher (round) cushion is probably better suited.
The advantage of a crescent shaped pillow is that it gives more support to the thighs, and provides a little more tilt of the pelvis.
Choosing the right filling: buckwheat filling
Buckwheat has hard dark brown husks around the seeds that are slightly bulging. These buckwheat hulls are very firm and hard and they have a semi-spherical shape. This makes them the ideal filling for meditation cushions; on the one hand, enough air remains between the peels. This keeps the pillow lightweight and retains just the right amount of resilience.
On the other hand, the peels interlock in such a way that they provide optimal firmness to support your meditation. So the cushion cannot collapse or become flat.
Choose an indestructible canvas cover
If you want to buy a meditation cushion, it is best to choose a model with a sturdy, wear-resistant cover. This means that you can also sit comfortably on somewhat rougher surfaces, without damaging your cushion. Cotton canvas is very suitable for this. In any case, it is better to opt for natural fabrics, also for the inner cover.
In addition, it is advisable to test whether you can completely open the cover. You will probably want to wash the cover every now and then. A good zipper makes it much easier to take the cover off and, above all, put it back in. So that's useful to keep in mind when purchasing.
… And your taste is important too!
In addition to the shape of the meditation cushion, it is also important to choose a cushion that you really like and that suits the meditation and yoga space where you want to use it. Check out what colors are available, and if you might want a nice print on it.
Our experience is that when you make your meditation place as beautiful and pleasant as possible, this has a positive effect on your motivation to practice regularly. Moreover, a harmonious meditation spot also helps you to relax faster. (This also supports you energetically as in the Feng Shui).
Conclusion: The best choice for a meditation pillow
It is quite difficult to choose the right pillow for your meditation. We get that. You want to feel comfortable in the moment you create for yourself. That is why you want to buy a pillow that is comfortable (and therefore adjustable) and that lasts a long time, at a fair price.
That is why we have launched our own brand. Love Generation. And this one exactly meets all your requirements:
- The cover is made of a very heavy quality cotton canvas. This durable material is practically indestructible and means that you can also sit comfortably on somewhat rougher surfaces, without damaging your cushion.
- The outer cover has a handy wide carrying strap and a zipper all the way around the bottom of the cushion. This makes it, unlike most other cushions on the market, really easy to remove the outer cover for washing, for example.
- The inner cushion is made of 100% unbleached cotton and has a zipper on the side. This makes it easy to remove some filling and adjust your cushion to the perfect seat height for you.
- Only organically grown buckwheat chaff is used for the filling.
With a range of colors and designs, there is always a cushion that suits your personal meditation spot. What are you waiting for?
View the Love Generation collection here and see which design suits you best.
When do you need a meditation mat?
Is it useful to buy a meditation mat in addition to a yoga cushion? We get this question very often. Actually, they go hand in hand. The big advantage of a mat is that it offers a soft but at the same time firm underlay for your knees and ankles.
In addition, it also provides insulation, so that any cold from the floor never penetrates. You can use the mat alone or together with a meditation cushion or bench.
If you're looking for a nice meditation space, I definitely recommend checking out Love Generation's meditation mat.
You have set up a nice meditation space. And now?
Meditating is simple, but not easy. You may choose to take a course, but you can also work at home with books and voice-guided meditations on CD.
There are different styles of meditation, and there are different ways you can organize your practice so that you stay motivated and take some time each day to turn your attention inward. For example, you could start with 6 exercises for more conscious breathing.
Can't choose? This is the best meditation pillow of 2021.
Are you still having trouble choosing after reading this blog? Then follow the advice of our loyal buyers group!
They opted en masse for the Field Flowers meditation cushion from Love Generation in 2021. A comfortable, durable and stylish model. Judge yourself.