Many studies show that meditation positively impacts both mental and physical health, which explains its recent growth in popularity.
And while sitting for several minutes and meditating sounds easy enough, sitting still for longer than 10 minutes on the floor without any support can be incredibly difficult. Much like how you need a quality bed for a good night's sleep, a high-quality Meditation Pillow is necessary to establish a consistent meditation practice. Luckily, there are many mats, cushions, and chairs that you can use when meditating which make the experience not only manageable but also truly comfortable.
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The 6 Best Meditation Pillows
Meditation cushions provide proper support to enable correct body alignment, posture, and comfort during meditation. When choosing the right meditation cushion for you, look for a pillow that is the right height to keep your body comfortably aligned and also provides the appropriate level of support. Not sure where to start? We’ve listed our choices for the best meditation cushions below so you can find the right one for your practice.
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The Best Overall: The WAVE
The WAVE isn't your average meditation cushion. It's a memory foam cushion combined with vibration technology that allows you to connect with your meditation music on a physical level. With the included Bluetooth headphones, you can use the WAVE meditation app to listen to gentle songs guiding you through your Meditation.
The cushion matches your audio track's beat with the synced vibrations to keep you grounded and present during your meditation session. This bolster can be used lying down, sitting cross-legged, or sitting upright in a chair, and supports your back to bring you into a deeper state of comfort.
Best For Back Pain: Hugger Mugger V-Shaped Cushion
If you suffer from lower back tension like sciatica, you may require a specific kind of cushion to provide support that will protect your posture and prevent back pain. The Hugger Mugger V-Shaped Cushion allows you to sit cross-legged with ease and comfort despite back pain, making it the best option for those experiencing back issues.
The v shape slopes downward toward the knees, providing support where it is needed most and creating the optimal position for your body. This cushion is also filled with buckwheat hulls, giving it substantial weight and sturdiness for support.
Best For Bad Knees: Gaiam Kit
The combination of the zabuton and zafu pillows in the Gaiam Kit is the perfect choice for anyone experiencing knee issues. The zafu cushion relieves the pressure on your knees, back, and ankles while meditating, while the zabuton floor cushion adds extra cushion space for meditation. If you’ve been held back from meditating due to bad knees, this combination meditation cushion is the perfect option.
The Gaiam contains extremely soft microfiber suede material, providing maximum sensory experience for meditating. With removable covers that can be tossed in the washing machine, the Gaiam Kit is easy to clean, making it a convenient and practical addition to your home.
Best Classic Bolster: Manduka Enlight Bolster
If you're looking for a meditation cushion to offer lumbar support or the flexibility to lay down while meditating, then you may want to try the Manduka Enlight Bolster. A premium yoga brand, Manduka is known for its high-quality products, and this bolster is no exception.
With its fiber filling, the Enlight Bolster provides superfirm support, an absorbent microfiber that can easily zip right off for cleaning, and a robust handle; this is the kind of support that will last a lifetime. Try crossing your legs when sitting on it, lying down on it with the length of the support going down your spine, or placing it behind you in a chair for better support. Regardless of how you use it, you’re sure to notice an improvement to your mediation practice.
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Best on a Budget: Peace Yoga Meditation Buckwheat Bolster
Peace Yoga includes several high-end features in this design for a super budget-friendly meditation cushion. The Meditation Buckwheat Bolster uses buckwheat hull stuffing, which provides a natural weight and support, making the cushion sturdy and firm yet comfy and pliable.
The zipper access to the filling allows you to remove some of the buckwheat, so you can customize how firm or soft your cushion is. This bolster also includes a handle, making it easy to move around the house, and its easily detachable cotton cover is machine-washable, so you can keep it in pristine condition.
Most Stylish: The Sedona Small Zafu Pillow
The small pillow known as a "zafu" (the Japanese word for small cushion) is an elegant, simple, and beautifully designed cushion that's as tasteful as it is practical. CB2 combines all this and more in the Sedona Small Zafu Pillow, which is similar to the Japanese zen meditation cushions. These cushions can be used solo or stacked on top of larger zafus, allowing you more control over the support provided by your meditation cushion.
The Sedona Small Zafu Pillow is made using sustainable materials like breathable linen and buckwheat hull filling, and measures 16" in diameter, making it an excellent option for anyone living in a small apartment. This pillow is the perfect design for someone who prioritizes mindfulness and interior design.
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