We have compiled a list of the best meditation cushions and other meditation “goodies” to support your experience.
Have you tried meditation before, but were less than “wow’d”? Perhaps you had trouble calming the chatter in your head. Or maybe you tried to meditate on a lumpy sleeping pillow and you just couldn’t get comfy.
Many people get discouraged and give up when they first try to meditate. Apparently, the mind likes to run on auto-pilot and it stubbornly resists slowing down.
Fortunately, with a little patience and perseverance, anyone can get to that zen space. A quality meditation cushion, bench, or chair is essential to have a successful go at meditation.
Sitting still for an extended period of time without the proper spinal and hip support can discourage you from giving meditation a second try.
Both guided imagery and meditative music can help you reach your meditation goals. We have included our recommendations for best meditation apps and guided imagery resources at the end of this article.
In addition, we review the mental health and physical benefits of regular meditation practice.
Best Meditation Cushion
- Buckwheat hull fill
- Adjustable fill
- Breathable fabric and fill
- Foam topper
- Plush, velvet-like fabric
- Machine-washable cover
- Dimensions: 16″ x 5″
When looking for a sturdy, quality-made meditation cushion, the zafu-style Florensi Meditation Cushion is worth serious consideration. Its extra large dimensions (16″ x 5″) give you plenty of room to sit comfortably while meditating.
This cushion is filled with 100% buckwheat hull, and is topped off with a layer of foam for extra comfort.
Buckwheat hull is commonly used in meditation cushions and yoga bolsters because it promotes airflow. This quality makes it more breathable, which is definitely appreciated, especially in warmer climates.
Buckwheat is naturally hypoallergenic, and it’s extremely durable. Cushions made from this natural fill will last through many years of wear and tear without losing their shape or firmness.
Don’t confuse firmness with being hard. This meditation cushion provides enough firmness to provide both support, and enough give to ensure comfort.
With the Florensi Meditation Cushion, you can adjust the firmness to your liking by removing some of the buckwheat filling. The cover on this meditation cushion is a super soft velour-like fabric, which is removable for machine wash. A beautifully embroidered flower adorns the top.
Satisfied users commented on the high-quality of this product. Most mentioned was its comfort. Your legs won’t go numb from sitting for an extended period of time on this cushion.
Users were pleased with how easy it is to clean, and they vouched for its aesthetics, commenting on the beautiful embroidery.
Best Meditation Chair
- Removable, adjustable lumbar cushion
- Removable seat cushion
- Stabilizer belt
- Carrying case
- 5 color options
- Seat cushion size: 22″ x 24″
- Weight: 3 lbs.
A meditation chair is more supportive alternative to the simpler meditation cushion. They are a considerable investment, but a worthy one.
The benefits of using a meditation chair include posture support, comfort, and convenience. Many of them fold up for easy storage.
The Friends of Meditation – Meditation and Yoga Chair is definitely one to consider because of its durability and its many features and options. This meditation chair comes with removable parts, allowing you to personalize your meditation practice in a way that’s most comfortable for you.
There is a removable sitting cushion as well as a back support cushion that can be used or removed, depending on what feels best for your meditation needs.Designed by a meditation instructor, this meditation chair measures 24 x 22″ and comes in 5 rich color options. It folds and comes with a carrying bag for easy storage and portability.
The back of this chair has a slight recline for optimal back support and comfort.
Users rave about the lower back support this meditation chair affords. This is particularly important for those who meditate for extended periods of time, especially for anyone who has a history of back pain or injury.
The company believes so strongly in their product that they offer a 7-year warranty. Friends of Meditation also provides a yoga block with your purchase of their chair. While users were very satisfied with the chair itself, some did comment that the carrying case is flimsy.
Best Meditation Bench
- Handmade in India
- Acacia wood legs
- Canvas cover
- Cushioned seat
- 3 color options
- Dimensions: 18″ x 8″
- Weight: 3 lbs.
Meditation benches are an alternative to meditation cushions and chairs. People with bad knees should consider this option. Sitting atop a bench, as opposed to a cushion, helps to relieve the pressure on the knees because it provides extra height.
Some benches are fold-able, which makes it easy to tote one along on vacation or to your meditation class.
The Acacia Meditation Bench, made from acacia wood, is our top pick in this category. We took into account user reviews as well as cost. This model is sturdy, well-made, and economical at the same time.
This meditation bench is not fold-able, but its size and lightweight makes it simple to tuck away in a closet. It weighs 3 lbs and is approximately 9″ high. Its seat is angled, which creates a natural alignment for your hips. It should be noted that this bench is not designed for people over 5′ 11″.
Users had many positive things to say about its quality construction, reasonable price, sturdiness and comfort. In particular, the angle of the seat and the height of this meditation bench are mentioned as taking significant pressure off the hips and knees.
People with preexisting issues made a point to mention this bench alleviated tension in those areas.
Best Meditation Pillow
- Buckwheat hull fill
- Adjustable fill
- Breathable fabric and fill
- Cotton cover
- Machine-washable cover
- Grab-and-go handle
- Crescent design
- 6 color options
- Dimensions: 18” x 9.6” x 5.7”
The crescent-shaped Meditation Buckwheat Bolster Pillow, by Peace Yoga, is filled with buckwheat hull and covered in a sturdy cotton canvas, and it’s one of the most highly rated options in this category. It measures approximately 19″ x 12″ x 6″, and is easily carried with a built-in fabric carrying handle.
The cover on this meditation pillow is removable and machine-washable; and it comes in black, olive green, and 3 other vibrant color options.
The buckwheat filling ensures a certain level of firmness without being too hard. In other words, it doesn’t flatten out and provides reliable support for your meditation sessions.
The pleats in this meditation pillow allow it to “spread out” slightly when you sit on it, rather than flattening out under your weight. Its ability to maintain its height means you are propped up enough off the floor, so that little to no pressure is placed on your joints.
The crescent shape allows your feet to rest closer to your body which means no pressure on your knees.
Reviewers loved this meditation pillow, repeatedly commenting on its durable canvas cover, the firm support it provides, and its high-quality workmanship. Overall, they felt this was a quality product at an affordable price.
Best Singing Bowl
- Wooden, felt-tipped striker
- Gold-embroidered pad
- Made in Nepal
- Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions: 4 – 4.5” x 2”
The Silent Mind ~ Tibetan Singing Bowl is the best singing bowl that we could find, and we are so happy we “stumbled” across it. Its lovely hammered bronze creates a beautiful singing tone. Handcrafted in Kathmandu, Nepal by local artisans, no bowl is exactly the same. All materials are locally resourced.
It comes adorned with a symbol from Tibetan script. The set includes a wooden striker, that is felt-tipped which changes the singing to a more muted tone. The bowl is tuned to the crown chakra. Those who incorporate Tibetan bowls in their meditative practice claim the singing tone creates a transformation of vibration into divine qualities.
The Silent Mind Tibetan Singing bowl comes highly recommended by users. They were impressed with the craftsmanship and the relaxing sound that emanates from this bowl. In addition to creating a lovely sound, they raved about the aesthetics. The bowl and its embroidered pad were complimented on their beauty as much as their utility.
Best Meditation Apps
Available on your iPhone or Android smart phones and tablets, these apps can help assist you in your meditative practices. You should be able to easily find them in your device’s app store.
We selected the apps that are best for quieting your mind and creating a space that is conducive to meditation. Most of them are free with the option to upgrade for more options and advanced features.
All provide guided imagery options. Guided imagery uses the mind’s ability to create images and other sensory experiences with the intent of producing a relaxed state.
Calm – Meditate, Sleep, Relax
The Calm app is geared toward meditation and improving sleep. It can help mindfulness enthusiasts get into the zone with guided meditation sessions that range from 3-25 minutes each.
Other features include guided breathing exercises, music geared toward helping calm the mind, over 30 nature sounds, and a variety of meditation activities.
The Headspace app is another top pick for meditation. It also includes features that can help you get a better night’s sleep. It offers a free basics course on meditation and mindfulness for newbies.
Headspace teaches the user to breathe and allows you to select a specific focus of meditation, for example, relaxation, improved happiness, or enhanced focus. These come in the form of courses, which are in a guided meditation format. A paid subscription offers access to their full library of courses.
Insight Timer is generous in the number of free guided meditations. It offers more than 25,000! In addition to these guided meditations, Insight Timer provides users with specific topics.
Some of those include: Getting through Recovery and Addictions, Better Relationships, and Self-love and Compassion. In addition to guided meditation, Insight Timer offers a variety of calming music and ambient sounds.
The Benefits of Meditation
While meditation has been around for ages, and ancient people recognized the benefit of the practice, modern science has been able to establish its benefits through research.
The practice of mindfulness meditation has been successful in helping to manage chronic pain. Evidence suggests meditation also may reduce blood pressure, alleviate menopausal symptoms, and relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowl syndrome (IBS).
Researchers are still investigating the positive effects meditation may have on a variety of other mental and physical health conditions.
If you decide to give meditation a try, make sure to support yourself with a quality product to ensure your comfort. If you are comfortable during your meditation practice, the more likely you are to keep it up!
Mindfully wishing you the best in your journey toward wellness. Namaste.