Why Meditation Cushions?
Feeling comfortable and supported is important to the success of your meditation practice, especially for beginners. You will be more likely to practice meditation daily if you are relaxed and your posture is well supported. If your back starts to ache or your knees hurt from resting on the hard floor, you’ll have a difficult time focusing on your inward state.
Meditation cushions can help you quiet your mind by removing the distraction of physical discomfort. Finding a comfortable sitting position for the length of your meditation is not always easy, but with the support of a zafu and zabuton, you will have the support and comfort that you need for a successful practice.
Types of Meditation Cushions
There are two basic types of meditation cushions: the zafu and the zabuton. A zafu pillow provides just the right amount of height for natural alignment of the spine in kneeling, sitting, and cross-legged positions.
The zafu cushion is available in round or half-moon shapes. Material such as buckwheat hulls or natural kapok are used for filling so that the pillow does not “settle” when you sit on it and will retain its shape over years of regular use. The firm support keeps your body and spine in alignment.
The zabuton cushion protects your knees and ankles. This large, flat pillow acts as a floor mat between the zafu and the floor—no need to worry about the floor being too cold, hard, or dirty. Most zafu and zabuton cushions include a removable cover to make it easy to keep your pillows clean.