The meditation products at Sage Meditation are exceptional and available at affordable prices. The selection of meditation cushions, also known as meditation pillows, makes it simple and affordable to find the right combination and degree of support to provide you with the ideal meditation experience. The Zafu cushion is one of the choices offered whether you purchase it as part of a set or on its own. If you aren't sure about the right meditation cushion for your needs, you will find the list of criteria that will help you understand what to choose. The Zafu is a traditional, round pleated cushion that raises the hips and upper body to allow the legs to rest comfortably. Using a meditation pillow will provide you with the support you need to prevent your legs, hips, spine, shoulders and head from misaligning which can make you uncomfortable.
Proper alignment is important during sitting meditation in either the full or half-lotus posture. The spine should be erect with the lower back curved in, the upper back curved out slightly, the neck curved in slightly, and the head level. This "S" alignment provides the body with natural support so that there is less stress on the spine and you are more comfortable. The Zafu is one of the recommended meditation cushions for use with the lotus posture also known as the Burmese posture. By sitting on the edge of the Zafu, your thighs will slope down slightly and allow the hips to roll forward which creates the natural "S" curve in your spine.
The Zafu can be used by persons of average height who have normal to above average flexibility. While sitting directly on top of the cushion can increase lift, taller individuals, as well as those with limited flexibility, will probably benefit more from a higher lift. Often, they get an unstable feel from the cushion which can result in difficulty maintaining balance and proper alignment. You may also choose to use a rectangular meditation cushion in combination with the Zafu to increase the lift and allow for positioning of the cushions to produce proper alignment.
The Cosmic Cushion is a unique variation to the Zafu, designed with a fortune cookie shape and built-in slope to create proper alignment and greater comfort. The Cosmic Cushion has extended sides that support the thighs and a heel cutout that allows the heels and ankles to be positioned closely to the body. While the Cosmic Cushion is a great choice for everyone, it is especially appropriate for taller people and those with less flexibility. If you are of average height and have average to above average flexibility, the lower loft version of the Cosmic Cushion may be best for you.
When the Zafu is filled with buckwheat hulls, the level can be increased or reduced to adjust the height and level of firmness of the cushion. The buckwheat hulls will conform to your body's unique shape so that it gives a grounded feeling during your meditation. The Zafu at Sage Meditation is firm and full, not half-filled and flabby so that they provide you with the support you want during meditation.