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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!