Meditation Posture

Meditation Posture

Beginning meditators should know that the meditation posture for your meditation practice allows you to relax and breath freely. The meditation seat choices for the beginner in meditation are actually simple. It all comes down to a question of height and flexibility.  What, for you, is the right distance between your bottom and the floor?  The Goal in your meditation posture:
you are high enough off the meditation mat so your thighs angle downward from your hips. When they do, your back can be straight without straining.

Cross Legged Meditation

If you like to sit in the traditional cross legged posture but need height, a Cloud Bench is a bit lower than a meditation chair, for a more grounded feeling. If you don’t need so much height for your meditation posture, the rectangular firm foam block in a beautiful fabric cover known as the Gomden meditation cushion is high enough to support a simple cross-legged posture. The Gomden works best with your knees up off of the meditation mat, or Zabuton.

The Zafu from Zen

The Zafu cushion from Zen works when you are comfortable with your knees flat on the meditation mat. And yes, there is another option here. Kapok stuffing for the Zafu starts firm, but will soften over time. While Buckwheat Hull Zafus are even firmer than kapok, but can be shaped immediately to fit your needs.

Kneeling Meditation Posture

OK, there’s a another twist, if your hips or knees just don’t like it when your legs are crossed, then consider a kneeling meditation bench also from the Zen tradition. There is also the Kneeling Meditation Bench Plus, for the bigger, taller practitioner of meditation.

Meditation Mat

And please, do consider a Zabuton Meditation Mat.  This is the mat that goes on the floor under the meditation cushions and benches described above. Depending on how you sit, the Zabuton will cushion your knees, ankles or both. You will save when you buy your Zabuton Mat in our Meditation Cushion or Meditation Bench Sets (Gomden, Zafu, Kneeling Meditation Bench or Cloud Bench).

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Meditation Support Cushion

If you want more flexibility in your meditation posture, our Meditation Sets with Cushion (Gomden and Zafu) include a firm Meditation Support Cushion stuffed with 100% cotton batting and hand-tufted. This meditation support pillow gives you the option of additional height in your meditation posture.

Organic Meditation Cushions

While we have a variety and colors in cotton and cotton blend fabrics, we also carry organic Meditation Cushion Covers available for our Zafus and Zabutons. Just click on the organic swatches when choosing your meditation cushion fabric options.

Meditation Posture Made Simple

We said this was simple. It is, really. Remember, the question is: how high off of the floor do you need to be for your knees to rest comfortably below your thighs? Once you answer that, you will be in a position to make the right choice for the best meditation posture–for your meditation practice.

Meditation Posture Questions?

If you prefer to see what we are talking about, check out our videos. Still not sure? Call us (M-F, 800-331-7751) to talk to someone who has sat on all the cushions and benches we (make and) sell. Or if you prefer, send an email to Put Cushion Question in the subject line. Thank you for considering Samadhi Cushions. Since 1976, we have been creating meditation seats to help you find the best meditation posture–for you!

Once you have the right meditation posture…meditation!
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5 Replies to “Meditation Posture”

  1. It is very important that you know the rationale why do you need to have a cushion when meditating. You just don’t buy anything for you to have something ti use but, everything has a reason. You have to be in a comfortable state before starting your meditation. This article is very informative and thank you for sharing this!

  2. Hello,

    I am new to practicing Zen. I was formerly in the military and did a lot of damage to my knees. They tend to slip out of place when I sit in any lotus position. I have been doing kneeling meditation but I seem to have discomfort with most benches as they tend to make my legs fall asleep. I am a larger guy around 6’2 and 200 lbs. Please send me any suggestions in models that would help. I have read most of the descriptions on all your benches but I’m still at a loss. Thanks so much for your help.


  3. Hello Braden,
    Many knee problems come from not sitting high enough. Adding a bit of extra height can help alleviate some of your knee pain. Sometimes it is as simple as adding a support cushion. Here is a link to a video on our benches. Benches can be very helpful for taller people. If possible, a meditation instructor can be very helpful for helping you with your posture and finding the source of your pain.

    Thank you,

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