By Julie Jarvis
Posted in REALthings Meditation Blog, on November 05, 2014
If you’re prone to back or knee pain, or have trouble sitting cross-legged, then you may have ruled out meditation due to the discomfort it can cause. In fact, a lot of customers tell us they cannot meditate because they are in pain.
In most cases, however, the right supports -- pillows and props -- will allow you to sit comfortably and relax while you meditate -- wherever you plan to meditate. It’s all about figuring out what posture feels best for you, and pairing it with the right cushion for optimal support.
Doing this as a beginner is critical, because pain in your early attempts may lead you to abandon your practice. So before you start a meditating, spend some time getting the support that will allow you to make it a regular -- nourishing -- part of your life.
Here are 5 things to consider when choosing a meditation cushion:
- Your Body
Your height, weight, flexibility and all the idiosyncrasies that make your body uniquely yours will need to be taken into account when choosing a meditation cushion.
For example, some body types are best suited to meditating on chairs, while others will be more comfortable sitting cross-legged on the floor. If crossing your legs is a challenge, then you’ll want to consider a higher sitting cushion and/or support for your knees. And if that doesn’t work, then you may want to opt for specific cushions to support a sitting or kneeling position. Ultimately, you’ll want to choose a cushion that allows your spine to straighten naturally by tilting your pelvis forward so your hips can be higher than your knees. Take some time to understand your body’s needs so you can sit comfortably.
Learn more about How to Choose the Perfect Meditation Cushion for Your Body Type
- Pain Points
Physical pain can be a real barrier to meditating, particularly if it is aggravated by sitting for long periods of time. Common areas of pain during meditation include knee pain, lower back pain, upper back pain (though this is less common), hip pain, ankle pain, leg cramps, and even neck pain and wrist pain. These pain points can be eased and eliminated with the proper alignment and the right support.
Fitting a regular meditation practice into your busy life can be particularly challenging if you’re constantly on the go. Whether you’re running to meetings around town, travelling for business or seeking an immersive meditation experience at a retreat, taking your cushions with you can mean the difference between maintaining your regular practice and letting it lapse.
Fortunately, portable meditation cushions with handles, carry cases and folding features allow you to practice wherever you are, whenever you need a few moments to slow down.
Read more about Meditating on the Go: Choosing a Portable Meditation Cushion
- Professional Usage
If you’re in the business of making others more comfortable, or simply looking to create a comfortable workplace, then you may find sitting cushions useful at work or in your professional practice.
Health and wellness professionals, business professionals and artists and musicians can create a comfortable workspace, and provide comfort and support to clients, employees, students and patients with high-quality sitting cushions that support correct posture and wellness practices at work.
A high-quality sitting cushion is all about the details -- the fabrics and colours, the source of the materials, the design and the attention and care at every step of the creation process.
If it’s made well, with materials that feel good, look good and inspire joy, then it’s more likely to contribute to a meditation practice that makes you feel good. So if you want to sit on a cushion that’s good for you and the planet, here’s what to look for.
Read How to Choose a Cushion that Makes You Feel Good Inside and Out for more on how to choose a cushion that’s made mindfully.