Commit to Sit: Meditation Supplies

Meditation Supplies

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The three most common types of meditation support are:

  • Zafus (zah-foos): The most traditional and widespread of the meditation cushion, the zafu is a flattened, round cotton case filled with kapok or buckwheat. It is generally about fourteen inches in diameter and ten inches in height. The crescent zafu is an innovation designed to provide extra hip support. Inflatable zafus are also available for traveling meditators.
  • Gomdens: These firm, rectangular cushions were designed for Western practitioners by a Tibetan meditation teacher. Although only six inches thick, their firm interior creates a higher perch than the softer zafu.
  • Meditation benches: These simple wooden benches provide an angled sitting surface - sometimes padded - with room underneath for legs. The meditator sits in a supported kneeling position, rather than cross-legged.

Other supports might also be helpful:

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