How to Choose a Meditation Cushion (or Bench)

Cloud Meditation Bench - An alternative to Chair Meditation

Meditation is simple. The first thing to know in starting meditation is that the Best Meditation Posture allows you to relax and breath freely. The meditation cushion choices for beginning meditation are actually simple. It all comes down to a question of height and flexibility. First of all Height: what, for you, is the right distance between your bottom and the floor? The Goal: 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.

Here we review your options in a finding a meditation seat for comfortable meditation at home.

A Cloud Bench is like a meditation chair, just lower. The rectangular meditation cushion (a firm foam block in a beautiful fabric cover) is known as the Gomden (we invented it). The Gomden is high enough to support a simple cross-legged meditation posture. The Zafu from Zen works when you are comfortable with your knees lower or flat on the meditation mat. And yes, there is another option here. Kapok stuffing for the Zafu starts firm, but will break in over time. Buckwheat Zafu has hulls that are even firmer than kapok, but can be shaped immediately to fit your needs.

OK, there's a another twist, if your hips or knees just don't like it when your legs are crossed, then consider a seiza bench from the Zen tradition. New this year is the Seiza Bench Plus, for someone who is comfortable kneeling, but wants more height.

And please, do consider a Zabuton. This is the Meditation Mat that goes on the floor under the meditation cushions described above. Depending on how you sit, it 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, Seiza Bench or Cloud Bench). Note: our Deluxe Cushion Sets (Gomden and Zafu) include a firm Cotton Meditation Pillow we call the Support Cushion. This firm meditation cushion is available to give you additional height in your meditation posture.

If you still think choices are a good thing, then you may be happy to consider that all of our cushions are now available in a range of Eco friendly fabrics. We said this was simple. It is, really. Remember, the question is: how high 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.

If you want 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 visiting our site. Since 1976, Samadhi Cushions has been genuinely interested in helping people find the best sitting meditation solution.