Posted by Jay Suthers on June 11, 2014
The Cosmic Cushion Meditation Cushion is available in four sizes: Travel, Lowloft, Regular, and Oversize. The following image shows the four cushions side by side. I will go over each size and point out the differences between them and the recommendations for choosing one size over the other. Keep in mind that, unlike the round Zafu meditation cushion on which you normally sit on the front half, you will sit fully on top of the Cosmic Cushion.
This is the smallest cushion and is designed to best accommodate traveling with the Cosmic Cushion. The lift of this cushion is equal to that of the Lowloft cushion at about 4 1/2 inches. It is also similar in width, but notice that the side extensions have been shortened in order to make the cushion a bit smaller so as to fit in your luggage. This cushion will still take up considerable space, but if you plan to attend a retreat that does not provide a comfortable meditation cushion, this cushion is well worth bringing with you.
The Travel Size Cosmic Cushion offers adequate lift and support for most people, but is best suited for people who have good to excellent flexibility and are shorter than 5 feet, 6 inches and of average weight. Even if your flexibility is a bit limited or if you are taller or heavier, this is a better alternative than having no cushion at all when attending a retreat.
Much like the Travel Size cushion, the Lowloft is small enough for travel, but the side extensions are longer for better upper thigh support. The lowloft is also recommended for people with good to excellent flexibility and who are shorter than 5 feet, 6 inches and of average weight. Taller people who know they need only about 4 1/2 inches of lift will also prefer this cushion.
The Regular Size cushion will accomodate most people. It offers a full 6 to 6 1/2 inches of lift at the back. If you are over 5 feet tall, of average to somewhat above average weight, and have good to limited flexibility, the regular lift will work the best. If you are not sure about how much lift you will need, the Buckwheat Hull fill is recommended.
The Buckwheat Hull fill is adjustable. Simply unzip the removable cover and you will find a zippered opening on the insert. This opening will allow you to remove some of the buckwheat hulls to lower and soften the cushion. The Kapok cushion cannot be adjusted in this way, however, some people find they prefer kapok because it feels a bit softer and the cushion is lighter in weight.
Most people will find the Regular Size to be comfortable right out of the box. If you have any doubt about which size to choose, the Regular Size will be the most logical choice.
This is the largest of the Cosmic Cushions. It has more than 7 inches of lift and is wider and deeper than the Regular Size Cosmic Cushion. The purpose of this cushion is to accommodate people who have limited flexibility, which is often the case for men.
It is also designed to accommodate larger people whether they are taller than 6 feet or are above average in weight. The extra large size of this cushion will support those who, if I can put it gently, need extra real estate. The extra lift of this cushion at 7 1/2 inches is designed to accommodate heavier people. It can handle the extra pressure.
In general, our bodies can adapt to most meditation cushions and meditation pillows. However, choosing too large a cushion can present some problems. The best situation for any cushion is to help you get the knees level with or slightly lower than the hips. Getting those knees down will help achieve a comfortable, upright posture for meditation.
If the cushion is too high or too large and you normally have good to excellent flexibility you may end up hyper-extending the angle of the thighs. If the knees are severely lower than the hips, you will feel like you are falling forward or you may find yourself sliding down the slope of this cushion.
It is generally safest to chose the Regular Size. If you find yourself falling forward or sliding down the cushion, and if you have the Buckwheat Hull cushion, you can adjust the level of hulls. If you have a Kapok cushion, you can steady yourself and stand on the cushion, kneading the cushion with your feet to flatten it out more. Ultimately, if you feel you should have gotten the Lowloft or the Oversize, we can work with you to exchange the cushion.
I hope this has been helpful information and that you will be able to confidently select the correct size Cosmic Cushion.
Thank you for reading,
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