What is a meditation cushion?

A meditation cushion is a type of small, firm pillow used to help meditators feel comfortable in a regular practice. It can help relieve pain in the hips, back, and legs from sitting on the floor for a long period of time, and can improve posture and help straighten the spine while meditating. A meditation cushion can be purchased from online stores, and many people buy a smaller version to use while traveling. They are available in several different colors and shapes to suit different needs or preferences.

The most common type of meditation cushion is a small round pillow, although rectangular or half-moon versions are also available. A small meditation bench or chair may also have cushions for added comfort, but these are not generally known as meditation cushions. Pillows are designed to be firm and provide adequate support; a pillow that is too soft will generally not work well for this type of use. Different colors or patterns are available to match yoga mats or just home decor color preferences. The fabric used is typically a thicker fabric than in most pillow covers, and more closely resembles the type of fabric found in floor cushions or patio cushions.

Comfort is the main point of a meditation cushion. Some people who have tight hamstrings or hip flexor muscles find that sitting in a cross-legged position is quite uncomfortable or even impossible. Elevating the hips with a cushion like this helps open the hip flexors into a more comfortable position, allowing practitioners to focus on the meditation, rather than their own discomfort. Some people also find that using a meditation cushion helps them keep their spine better aligned while sitting cross-legged on the floor.

There are several reasons to use a meditation cushion if necessary. Feeling comfortable during a meditation practice can make an individual more likely to meditate regularly and for a longer period of time. A comfortable position also allows people to focus more deeply on other aspects of meditation, such as calming the mind, concentrating on a particular intent, or controlling the breath. Instead of an actual meditation cushion, a folded blanket can help create the same effect, and can be another option to use while traveling if you don't want to pack the cushion.

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