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What is a zafu cushion?

What is a zafu cushion?

A zafu is a round cushion with gathered sides. The curved edges allow your legs to drop off the edges at the hip joints so that your knees are lower than your hips. When your knees are lower than your hips, it’s easier for your spine to maintain its natural curves.

How do I choose a zafu cushion?

Whether you choose the Zafu or Zen is a matter of personal preference. Sitting on the wide side of the Zen Pillow will support the tops of your thighs more than the Zafu will. Some people prefer more thigh support, while others prefer that their upper thighs extend off the edge of their cushion.

What size zafu should I get?

While our regular 8” cushion is the most popular, it is always best to try different heights. Our 9” zafu is often better for tall people with long legs, less flexibility or leg injuries. For those who are comfortable sitting cross-legged and who are not exceptionally tall, the 7” zafu may be ideal.

Do you need a zafu and zabuton?

This also helps you maintain your energy while sitting. Supporting your zafu with a zabuton adds another element of ease to your sitting practice. When you sit, especially for longer periods, the bones in your feet and ankles can grind into a hard floor. Placing a zabuton underneath your zafu eliminates this problem.

What do you fill zafu with?

Kapok has been the traditional fill for Zafu meditation cushions for thousands of years. It is a fluffy cotton-like material that comes from the Kapok trees of Asia and in some regions of Southern United States and Central and South America.

How do you sit on a zafu?

A zafu is a circular bolster-type cushion used for meditation. Simply sit on the floor and place the cushion underneath your hips. Cross your legs comfortably at the ankles or shins and rest the hands on the knees or lap. Ensure the spine remains long.

What is the best shape for a meditation cushion?

Again, if cross-legged sitting is comfortable for you, you can opt for this lower cushion, but otherwise a slightly higher (round) cushion is probably better suited. The advantage of a crescent shaped pillow is that it gives more support to the thighs, and provides a little more tilt of the pelvis.

How do you sit in a zafu?

What is the best height for a meditation cushion?

The standard height is 13 cm and for most people this is a good size to support a cross-legged posture. Variations of 5, 9 and 17 cm are also available. The right size is determined by your height, build, and flexibility, especially in the hip joint. As a general rule, the more flexible you are, the lower you can sit.

What is the purpose of a zabuton?

What Are Zabuton Used For? The cushioning and support of a zabuton reduces pressure on the legs and knees, allowing one to sit comfortably for an extended period of time.

How do you sit on a ZAFU?