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A comfortable sitting position is the basis for meditation. Before you start meditating, you should find a comfortable sitting position that you can easily stay in for some time. A meditation cushion can support you and make your meditation easier and even better.

In our large meditation cushion test 2021 we present all the meditation cushions we have tested in detail and explain what is important when buying one. You will not only learn about the advantages and disadvantages of meditation cushions, but also what distinguishes the different types. In addition, our buying criteria can help you find the perfect meditation cushion for you.




The most important facts

  • A meditation cushion is the right choice for you if you are clumsy, meditate for a long time or your body tires quickly.
  • Another advantage is the large selection of different meditation cushions, so you will easily find the right cushion for you.
  • You can buy inexpensive meditation cushions for around 20 euros. Standard models cost around 40 euros, while you can buy handmade designer cushions for 100 euros or more

The best Meditation Cushion: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a meditation cushion

Why should I buy a meditation cushion?

Our spine has a special shape that allows us to walk and sit upright without much effort. However, many people find it difficult to adopt this upright shape during meditation.

Sitting upright during a long meditation can be tiring for the back. A meditation cushion can help. (Image source: StockSnap / pixabay.com)

During prolonged meditation , the back then tires and discomfort occurs. Meditating is therefore no longer possible.

A meditation cushion can help. A meditation cushion raises the seat so that the pelvis tilts forward. The spine takes on its natural shape and is relieved.

Who is a meditation cushion suitable for?

Basically, meditation cushions are recommended for every meditator, as they are easy on the back and thus promote your health. Long periods of meditation are no longer a problem.

Especially people who are inflexible benefit from meditation cushions. This is because when they are inflexible, the pelvis tilts backwards. To counteract this, the spine has to curve forward. This unnatural adjustment takes a lot of strength. The meditation cushion tilts the pelvis forward and the spine takes on its natural shape.

The meditation cushion stabilises your posture and allows your spine to take on a relaxing and natural shape. For beginners and advanced meditators it offers the possibility to meditate without pain.

Meditation cushions are not only useful for advanced meditators but also for beginners. Beginners are often easily distracted during meditation. With a meditation cushion, you no longer need to worry about posture and can fully concentrate on the correct technique.

Did you know that you can bring the relaxation you experience in meditation into your everyday life?

After you have spent some time in meditation. You will notice that you can also draw on what you have learned in meditation in everyday life.

Decision: What types of meditation cushions are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of meditation cushions:

  • Flat meditation cushions
  • Medium meditation cushions
  • High meditation cushions

Based on the different sitting positions, your anatomy and your own preference, a certain meditation cushion is best suited for you and your meditation. This results in different advantages and disadvantages, more suitable and less suitable meditation cushions for you.

Before choosing a meditation cushion, it is important to note that your knees must always be lower than your hips so that your pelvis can straighten up well and you can meditate without pain. Generally speaking, the higher and less flexible your posture, the higher the cushion.

Therefore, we would like to introduce you to the different types in the following section to give you an overview so that you can quickly find out which meditation cushion suits you and your meditation best.

How does a flat meditation cushion work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

We call all meditation cushions with a height of six to 15 centimetres a flat meditation cushion. In this height range, the lotus seat, the Burmese seat, the cross-legged seat and the kneeling seat are suitable meditation positions.

Between six and eight centimetres, the lotus seat, the Burmese seat and the cross-legged seat are suitable if you are rather slender and petite and/or very flexible and mobile.

Very flat meditation cushions are suitable for short meditation sessions between ten and 30 minutes. Cross-legged sitting should be done with a meditation cushion of this height, preferably with practice.

Between eight and ten centimetres, the lotus seat, the Burmese seat and the cross-legged seat are also suitable for a maximum body height of 1.85 metres. If you are very mobile, the cushion is very suitable for short meditation sessions between ten and 30 minutes.

A spelt or wheat husk filling is well suited for this type of cushion, as it is rather hard and can ensure sufficient stability. You can also refill your cushion individually.

In addition to the round shape, meditation cushions are also available in a half-moon shape with a height of eight to 14 centimetres.

The advantage of these is that they are ergonomically shaped and the seat height can be varied. They are suitable for all body sizes, but only for short meditation sessions.

Advantages
  • Large selection of meditation cushions
  • Suitable for travel due to their small height
Disadvantages
  • A lot of trial and practice
  • Not very suitable for people with limited mobility
  • Only for short meditation sessions

The following table shows the differences between a round meditation cushion and a meditation cushion with a half-moon shape:

Cushion shape Description
Half moon The half moon shaped cushion supports an upright and correct sitting posture. Especially if your back needs support when sitting for longer periods of time, this is the right choice for you.
Round pillow A classic round pillow provides a soft and slightly elevated base. A softer core allows the cushion to adapt to your body shape and provide stability.

How does a medium-high mediation cushion work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

From a height of 15 centimetres, all the sitting positions mentioned are suitable, including the kneeling position. From a height of 1.85 metres and a high degree of mobility, you can still use the lotus seat for meditations lasting between ten and 120 minutes.

A 15 centimetre high cushion tends to be suitable for taller people with decreasing mobility.

In general, the longer the meditation time, the higher the cushion. Therefore, you must also consider which filling you prefer.

As already mentioned, spelt and wheat husks have the advantage that they are somewhat harder and can therefore guarantee you more stability. If you suffer from allergies, you can choose a kapok filling, which attracts fewer mites but is softer and less stable in the sitting position.

Advantages
  • Wide range of meditation cushions
  • Longer meditation sessions
  • Suitable for tall people
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for travel

How does a high meditation cushion work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A high meditation cushion with a height of 20 to 27 centimetres is suitable for the Burmese seat and the kneeling seat, as well as for upright feet.

If you are limited in your hip opening or knee, relatively inflexible and over 1.70 metres tall, you need a cushion with a height of 20 centimetres or higher.

A cushion with a height of 20 centimetres is also perfect for you if you meditate between ten and 120 minutes a day.

If you are over 1.90 metres tall, the minimum size of your cushion should be 25 centimetres. Here it is up to your preference whether you prefer a kapok, wheat or spelt husk filling, as it doesn't do much at a height of 20 centimetres.

Advantages
  • Suitable for tall people
  • Wonderful for beginners and low mobility
Disadvantages
  • Lotus and cross-legged sitting cannot be performed
  • High meditation cushions are not very suitable for travel

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate meditation cushions

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible meditation cushions.

The criteria you can use to compare meditation cushions include:

  • Sitting position
  • Filling

Sitting position

Which cushion suits you best depends first of all on your sitting position. Classic sitting positions are the (half and full) lotus seat, the heel seat, the Burmese seat and the cross-legged seat. Depending on your sitting position, a different type of cushion is suitable for you.

Body size and mobility also play a role. The general rule is: the bigger and/or less flexible, the higher the cushion should be.

Meditation cushions are also available in many different colours, designs and patterns. There is bound to be one to suit your taste.

Filling

Meditation cushions are equipped with different types of filling, which vary in hardness. Spelt, wheat husks and kapok are popular.

Spelt and wheat husks are relatively hard, but offer high stability. The opposite is true for kapok: It offers more seating comfort but less stability. Kapok is also well suited for allergy sufferers, as this plant fibre hardly attracts mites and is very breathable.

Did you know that an upright posture boosts your self-confidence?

Meditation has many great properties, one of which is the strengthening of self-esteem. Therefore, it is important to have a confident and proud posture when meditating. A meditation cushion is therefore an optimal solution.

The height of the cushion can be adjusted a little with the amount of filling. However, you should not expect too great a change. It is also possible to buy and change the filling quantity. If a meditation cushion seems too unstable, consider buying a "bombproof" meditation bench.

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