Meditation Cushion

Definition - What does Meditation Cushion mean?

A meditation cushion is a large cushion used to support the body in a comfortable seated position while meditating. Special meditation cushions can assist in minimizing distractions and assist one's focus by helping maintain a comfortable posefor a significant amount of time. The primary function of a meditation cushion is to elevate the pelvis or hips above the knees and support the spine.

Meditation is a core element in the spiritual practice of yoga as well as in many other traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

Yogapedia explains Meditation Cushion

The purpose of meditation is to quiet the monkey mind and, for some, it can be difficult to focus if the lower back, hips or knees are uncomfortable during a seated meditation. A meditation cushion can assist a yogi by supporting spinal alignment and relieving pressure on the joints.

Meditation cushions come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the preferred seated position and spiritual tradition. For example, in the Zen tradition, meditation cushions are called zafus and are usually black in color.

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