A firm support is beneficial in sitting meditation practice. Pema
Design offers two styles of meditation cushion (zafu). Both the
traditional round zafu or our Bean (crescent-shaped zafu) can
be used for cross-legged sitting styles, as well as for support
in kneeling postures. They can be used as support for chair-sitting
Pema Design's Lotus Bench is back! Our wood meditation
ideal for people who find it difficult to sit crosslegged on a
cushion or prefer to have a slightly elevated seat. It can be used
when kneeling or sitting with ankles crossed. The bench's legs
have a curved base so sitter can adjust angle of seat, and are
hinged for carrying the bench folded. We also offer a bench cover with straps and a padded bench bag.
Sitting on our floor mat (zabuton), in a chair,
or kneeling: all these postures require firm, well-placed support
cushions to hold the back straight and the hips and legs stress-free
for successful and comfortable meditation practice.
By combining our zabuton and support cushions with any of
our zafus, you can have the ideal system to maximize the benefits
of your meditation practice.
How to Sit on a Zafu
If you have never used a zafu, the following tips may be useful.
For floor sitting, think of the zafu as a wedge placed between
your bottom and the floor rather than a platform to sit on
top of. By first sitting on the cushion with legs crossed,
then sliding forward until your knees are on -- or close to
-- the floor, you will find your pelvis is gently tilted and
your back straight. Then you can arrange your lower legs and
feet in the position you prefer. You will be sitting on only
the front portion of the zafu, comfortably balanced in a stable
position which can be held for a period of time without back
A small support cushion (such
as our square support or lumbar support) or a rolled-up towel
can be placed beneath one or both of your knees to prevent
aching ankles and prickly feet. For chair sitting, select a
chair with a level seat. You can use a round zafu or a lumbar
support to wedge behind you. Be sure your back is straight
and you are not leaning against the chair back. You may want
to have a small cushion on the floor for your feet to rest
on so soles are flat on the floor and thighs are comfortable.
With experimentation, you will find the additional support
and position that is most comfortable for you. When your discomfort
is gone, you can turn your mind to your practice more easily.