In western usage, zafu is called a meditation cushion, and zabuton is called the cushioned mat upon which a zafu is placed. Meditation cushions can benefit people that meditate. The cushions provide support and luxury, most of them lift the hips off the ground to support the lumbar spine’s natural curvature. This support relieves the surplus pressure that an individual may experience if they need difficulties maintaining good posture. Hulls make a perfect fill for meditation pillows.
Most meditation cushions are full of buckwheat hulls due to the sturdiness and stability it provides. The simplest thing about buckwheat-filled pillows is that it shifts and follows the movement you’re making which will custom-fit you as you meditate. There are two primary sorts of meditation cushions: Zafu and Zabuton. Zafu cushions tend to be smaller and taller, and they are designed to elevate your hips as you practise. Zabuton cushions are larger and shorter, and they offer your knees a cushy place to rest as you practise. Whether you select the Zafu or Zen may be a matter of private preference. Sitting on the wide side of the Zen Pillow will support the tops of your thighs quite the Zafu will. Some people prefer more thigh support, while others prefer that their upper thighs extend off the sting of their cushion.
As an observer you will feel that it is very easy to sit over a meditation pillow but in reality it is not that easy as it seems. After all, is not the whole point to relax and obtain comfort? The reality is that a lot of traditional poses, like the favoured full Lotus pose, aren’t getting to be comfortable for each somatotype. For many that practice meditation, rotating the hips too far or holding the knees in an unnatural position goes to cause pain and discomfort when seated for too long. If you are not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll likely have best to shop for a fanatical meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and assist you create an appealing mindfulness corner which will encourage you to practise a day.
There are 5 ways of employing a meditation pillow.
1. Kneeling with support
2. Half or Quarter Lotus Pose
3. Simple Cross-legged Pose
4. Arched Back
5. Child’s Pose (or Balasana)
Kneeling with support
Kneeling may be a pretty popular pose for meditation, but without support it can quickly become a pain for those with sensitive knees or ankles. Use your Crystal Cove meditation pillow for support between your knees during a kneeling position. Doing the meditation through this pose will remove the pressure on your joints and it will also promote the circulation in your legs.
Half or Quarter Lotus Pose
This pose is Easier on the knees and hips than your traditional full Lotus pose which is the tough one, these variations make great alternative poses for meditation. Shown above may be a Quarter Lotus pose using the Crystal Cove meditation pillow for support, great for opening the hips, knees, and ankles. Just assume a cross legged position and gently place your right ankle on the other calf.
To take it up a notch to Half Lotus pose, place that very same ankle a touch higher, allowing it to rest on the upper thigh of the other leg.
Simple Cross-legged Pose
Doesn’t get much easier than this! Sit during a simple cross-legged pose for minimal strain on your joints while still stretching your knees and keeping your hips open. During this position, employing a meditation pillow helps to stay you from rounding out your back, keeping the spine in alignment for extended and easier meditation sessions.
If you discover your feet falling asleep (this happens to some people during this pose), consider switching to the “kneeling with support” pose to require weight off of your ankles and improve circulation.
Not quite a seated pose, this one is meant to open your chest and ribcage for deeper, longer breaths during meditation and breathing exercises. It is also excellent thanks to relieving lower back pain and stretching out your abdomen after your yoga practice. Sit down with the meditation pillow right behind your hips, and then recline together with your arms overhead to open up your chest. Now, you just take a deep breath, relax and be calm.
Child’s Pose (or Balasana)
Is Child’s Pose everyone’s favourite? This version is extra-comfortable. An easy pose for beginners, Child’s Pose is incredibly relaxing while stretching your thighs, hips, and back. With this pose, you’ll feel the strain melt away instantly. The sole focus here is on deep breathing and setting the mind free.