When you meditate, one of the most important considerations is the comfort of your position. Whether you sit full lotus, on a stool, or even in a chair, if you are not able to maintain a stable, straight, and relaxed posture, then you will struggle to havea successful meditation session.
To keep your body happy, sit so that the spine is able to maintain a natural curve. Slouching or bending will quickly make you uncomfortable.
To help you stay present, focused, and alert, you can choose a meditation cushion, chair, or bench to support you. They come in many different sizes and styles, so you can find an ideal match to your meditation posture.
Regardless of your posture, you will find that having a cushion to support and comfort you will promote a calm, relaxed session.
A meditation cushion is called a zafu - za for sit and fu for cushion - literally a cushion for sitting. If you sit in the Burmese or Balinese posture, a zafu will keep your back and knees happy.
If you choose to sit in a Yoga posture like half-lotus, siddhasana, or easy pose, you should look for a thinner cushion.
Choose a cushion that fits your shape and is covered in a fabric that feel good next to the skin. Good fabric choices include natural fibres, like the linen cushions offered by the IN BED bed cushions range.
There are other cushion options, like a wedge or cresent, or the higher wheel cushion. Be sure your cushion provides you with the support your back needs.
If sitting cross-legged is difficult, you can try kneeling. To provide comfortable support, you can use a bench. It might mean using a zafu on its side and straddling it, or seeking out a meditation stool.
A zafu on is side will be a little easier on tender knees because it will typically put less stress on the the knees. If you are more flexible, a bench works well.
Many stool do not come with a cushion on top, so you’ll probably want to add one, as well as use one beneath your knees and shins.
Finally, if neither cushions or benches will work for you, you can use a comfy chair. Again, a supporting cushion can help fine tune the height of the chair or offer back support.
You may find it comfortable to fold a blanket under your cushion or use a specially designed mat if you are sitting for longer sessions. And if you find you need extra support, smaller cushions can be used to lift the hands or knees.