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If you have just started meditating, then you have probably noticed that a meditation cushion is practically indispensable as a solid foundation. Here we will gladly explain what you need to know about sitting posture, physique and the different meditation cushions so that you have everything in order to choose the best meditation cushion for you.
You may have tried it: meditating on the flat floor, in an easy chair or lying on the floor. It certainly is possible, but you probably soon noticed that this is not ideal.
Sitting on the flat floor or in a lazy chair you quickly get a pain in your back, which can disturb your meditation.
Meditating while lying on the floor or on a yoga mat, on the other hand, is wonderful! For example, there are many Mindfulness exercises that you do while lying down, and of course Yoga Nidra meditations. The (big!) Danger, however, is that if you lie down you fall asleep very easily. And that is also calming, but just a little bit different.
The most practiced meditation posture is therefore simply sitting with a straight back. But if your hips, backbone, shoulders, neck or head are not properly aligned, then you will notice that you will soon start to feel all kinds of aches and pains. Almost everyone who is just starting to meditate knows the feeling ...
A good meditation cushion or bench helps your pelvis to tilt slightly forward, so that your back stays upright much easier and with much less effort in a natural position.
Not only does this feel much more pleasant, it will also make it much easier to stay in place for a longer period of time. In this position, not only your back muscles but also the intervertebral discs in the spine are relieved. Moreover, with a straight back, the energy in the subtle nerves can flow more freely, and your lungs have plenty of room to breathe deeply and quietly. So a lot of benefits!
If you are still looking for the correct sitting position then remember that it is mainly about the slight forward tilt of your pelvis, and that your hip joints should always be slightly higher than your knees. How much higher differs per person. We will explain that further below.
A good meditation cushion ensures that your joints and back are relieved during meditation, that your spine effortlessly stays upright and aligned, and that this sitting position requires hardly any effort from your muscles. This makes you go deeper into meditation and suddenly it becomes a lot easier to sit still for a long time without distractions from your body. A good meditation cushion therefore helps you to find the perfect harmony between body and mind and to let go of thoughts and focus on your breath.
Do you want to buy a meditation cushion but you have no idea what shape you need? Then check which of these categories you are in:
Often with the Seiza posture it is also best to use a mediation mat as a soft underlay between your knees and the floor. Otherwise you will eventually notice that the pressure on your knees, shins and the tops of your foot will distract you.
In the cross-legged or lotus position, a meditation mat under your pillow is also very nice (especially for the nodules on the outside of your ankles), but this is less "necessary" than in the Seiza position. But yes, a meditation mat as a surface is very soft, comfortable and nice and warm anyway. Our experience is that once you have tried it, you will no longer want to meditate without it, in whatever position you meditate!
Meditation cushions help you to sit in meditation for a long time, but which meditation cushion should you choose now? Meditation cushions come in various colors and shapes, and there are also meditation benches. Which is best depends, as was stated above, on your physique and preference, and is often just a matter of trying.
But do you (sometimes) have injuries or complaints about your hips, back, knees or ankles? Then we strongly recommend that you also discuss this with your meditation teacher and / or doctor. Often there are extra things to look out for. Sometimes one posture is better suited than the other. Moreover, you can think about extra props, for example under the knees when you are sitting cross-legged.
A crescent meditation cushion is a bit wider and lower and therefore automatically gives more support to the thighs. Unfortunately, they are also somewhat lower, so if you need both thigh support and a higher seat height, you might consider working with two crescent cushions (one on top of the other) or a round meditation cushion with two yoga blocks under your knees. Be creative and ask your teacher to think along, multiple solutions are possible in this way.
In addition to the shape of the meditation cushion, it is also important to choose a pillow that you really like and that fits the room where you want to use it. See what colors are available and if you want a nice application. This is just as important when buying a meditation cushion. 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 regularly practice. In addition, a harmonious meditation spot also helps you relax faster. (This also supports you energetically as in the Feng Shui)
You wanted to buy a nice and good meditation cushion and now you finally have it at home ... Then these are the things you want to check next:
You now have a clear overview throughout this process of buying a meditation cushion which model you want and which color, but the brand? Is that important too?
Yes, we think so. There is a huge difference in quality between all brands, and we are secretly quite proud of how good the Love Generation meditation cushions are:
We deliver our meditation cushions with as much filling as possible. This is because it is easier for you to remove buckwheat chaff than for us to send a possible shortage of filling. In the unlikely event that your pillow is too flat, or has become flatter over time. Then you can possibly top it up again with some dry uncooked rice. As long as the proportion of rice does not exceed 40% of the total filling of your meditation cushion, it remains sufficiently firm and also not too heavy.
Are you convinced and do you want to buy a Love Generation meditation cushion but do you need a larger quantity because you are going to set up a zendo or want to meditate with a group? From 6 pieces you automatically receive volume discount. These discounts are listed at the top of every product page.
If you want to order multiple colors, or perhaps other yoga or meditation gear from Love Generation, please email us the order you have in mind and we will send you a customized quote.
Do you want to sell Love Generation meditation cushions in your own store, or do you really want to place a large order for a large meditation or mindfulness school?
You can find more information in the category "yoga and meditation wholesale"
And if you have any questions call or email us, we are happy to think along with you from our experience!