Meditation and yoga are some of the most popular health and fitness practices in the UK. With their focus being on breathing and creating a sense of calmness, they have been used for centuries to improve mental health and wellbeing. It is suitable for all ages unlike many other sports and workouts, and with classes available, you can be guided through each exercise.
Research by Yogi Times found that over 300 million people around the world practice yoga. They explain that 54% of people begin yoga to relieve stress, with 52% opting to use yoga to improve their physical and emotional health. If you want to get the most out of your workout, you may find that certain tools can help, such as meditation cushions.
What are yoga cushions?
Meditation cushions, also known as zafu and yoga cushions, are used to correct your posture and support your body throughout the routine. They are ideal if you are holding a position for a long time. With a variety of different styles and designs to choose from, you may find that certain types are better suited to your needs.
There are also bolster cushions as an option. These are often harder than yoga cushions, so if you need a bit of gentle support, meditation cushions may be better. If you are a more experienced yoga practitioner, bolster cushions could be perfect for you.
Why should you use meditation cushions?
The main appeal of meditation cushions is that they can improve your posture. Many new to meditation will find that sitting cross-legged on a bare floor can cause pain in the spine and hips. A zafu meditation cushion can adjust your position to give you better alignment in the spine and prevent pain.
They are perfect for all abilities of users, supporting your body as you move from one position to another. Another benefit is that they can help alleviate stress on the body from poor positioning. This will mean far less pain and difficulty in the future.
Choosing the meditation yoga cushion for you
You’ll find a huge variety of cushions for yoga, and knowing which one is right for you can be challenging. Not only will you find plenty of yoga cushions styles to choose from, but you will also find cotton and buckwheat meditation cushions. Cotton cushions are softer, while buckwheat cushions provide a firmer and heavier feel throughout the movement. So which zafu cushion is right for you?
Zafu traditional pleated cushion
The zafu traditional pleated cushion is one of the most popular for yoga practitioners. This round cushion is designed to encourage the ideal posture in a variety of positions. It is especially popular with those looking to meditate in a seated position. By using the cushion, you’ll find that energy flows freely and naturally for you, making your yoga practise more beneficial.
Zafu pleated cushions from Celina Digby, starting from £29.99
Zafu round wheel cushion
Want to elevate yourself higher above the ground? The larger round wheel zafu cushions will do just that. Useful for more experienced practitioners, they will allow you to really focus on your posture and presence in the moment. They also come with a convenient handle to make carrying your cushion easier when you are finished with the exercise.
Round wheel zafu cushions from Celina Digby, starting from £29.99
Crescent-moon zafu cushion
One of the most iconic yoga cushions comes in the form of the crescent cushion. It is especially popular with beginners, guiding you effortlessly into a seated meditation position. The support it provides as well as the stunning design makes it great for beginners or those with limited mobility.
Zafu crescent moon cushions from Celina Digby, starting from £24.99
Zabuton floor mat
Yoga mats can be helpful when exercising, but zabuton floor mats can make a real difference to your workout. These large rectangular cushions are used when sitting or kneeling for long periods of time. They can easily be folded up, making them easy to transport to your meditation class.
Zabuton floor mat from Celina Digby, starting from £39.99
Yoga bolster cushion
The yoga bolster cushion is seen as a harder cushion than others. It is designed to support poses and increase your ability to stretch when in restorative postures. These narrow, long cushions provide a firm surface when stretching. You’ll get the best out of your workout with these cushions.
Improve your posture and form with meditation cushions
The beauty of yoga cushions is that they are multifunctional. They are not designed for exclusive use in one position. For example, the zabuton mat can be placed under you while sitting cross-legged, but you can also use it when kneeling. It helps to think of the position of your spine when using the cushion. You want your spine to be straight to prevent pain and discomfort, so position the cushion to support this.
Whether you need a large meditation cushion for sitting for long periods of time or want a yoga knee cushion to make kneeling more comfortable and less painful, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. Your yoga instructor can advise you on the right cushion for you, or browse the meditation and yoga range from Celina Digby today.