How to Choose a Meditation Cushion

Meditation Seat

The posture in meditation is simple. The first thing to know in starting meditation is that the Best Meditation Posture allows you to relax and breathe 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.

Cross Legged Meditation Pose

The 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.

Our Curved Seiza Bench (in solid Maple) - Our Seiza Kneeling Meditation Bench in low V.O.C finish. Made in Vermont. Shown here with a Seiza Bench cushion and Zabuton Mat in burgundy

The Seiza Bench (Zen Kneeling Bench)

OK, there’s a another twist, if you can't sit in cross legged meditation because your hips or knees just don’t like it when your legs are crossed, then consider a seiza bench from the Zen tradition. We also make the Seiza Bench Plus , for someone who is comfortable kneeling, but wants more height. Seiza Bench Sets include a 2.5" Cotton Zabuton Mat to cushion the knees.

Meditation Cushion Sets

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 specially priced Meditation Cushion or Meditation Bench Sets ( Gomden , Zafu , Seiza Bench or Cloud Bench ). Note: our Cushion Sets are also sold with an extra cotton meditation pillow ( Gomden and Zafu). 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. Just select the swatches with the ECO icons. There is an additional charge for ECO fabrics when you order a meditation cushion set.

Our Meditation Posture Tip - Reviewed

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.

Contact Us

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.