Meditation benches are suitable for longer meditations and for those with knee issues. They ensure a straight upright posture and usually allow deep abdominal breathing through a slightly angled seat surface.. They assist you in bringing your attention inwards and finding your centre quicker.
YOUR GUIDE TO THE RIGHT SEATED SUPPORT
A comfortable sitting posture is the basis for our mediation. Before you start meditating, you should find a relaxed sitting position that you can easily stay in for ten minutes. A comfortable meditation cushion will support you.
WHY USE A MEDITATION CUSHION?
Many of us find meditation difficult, especially at the beginning. The mind is restless, and it's difficult for us to sit still and find peace. If our back hurts or we force ourselves into a sitting posture that is too advanced, the mind cannot find rest.
Reminder: Your sitting position (whether on the floor, a chair, or leaning against a wall) should never cause pain, and your lower back should always be upright.
A pillow or yoga cushion automatically helps you to sit more comfortably. It relieves the spine and the entire back. Above all, however, it ensures a natural straightening of the spine so as not to slump. This creates more space in the abdominal area and enables our breathing to flow more freely and deeply.
Once you have found a sitting position, you should remain there comfortably. Especially as a beginner, you will feel more aware of your body when you meditate for extended periods. When this happens, don't hesitate, but briefly bring movement to the parts of your body that ache. For example, gently loosen your legs and then return to your sitting position.
HOW DO I FIND A SUITABLE MEDITATION CUSHION?
The essential element when it comes to choosing the right meditation cushion is oneself. The right meditation cushion can be a decisive factor in making meditation feel like a pleasant and harmonious experience. Each of us has our personal feeling when it comes to a sitting position. This sensation is partly related to your body's flexibility and partly to the opening of your hips and back.
The right cushion should support you in an upright and straight posture, relieve tension on your pelvis and spine and create space to calm your thoughts. Your mind should not be preoccupied with soreness in your thighs or discomfort in your hips or back but should be finding stillness.
There are no single set of guidelines that apply equally to all who meditate. Nevertheless, there are a few things that you may want to consider when choosing the right meditation cushion for you.
- Cushion height
- Cushion shape
- Seat position
- Cushion filling
- Cushion colour
- Range of use (meditation, yoga, sitting, therapy)
Keep these pointers in mind, and you will quickly see how beneficial a good meditation cushion can be!