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Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby callmetheseeker » Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:34 am

I have back problems due to bad posture and sitting around too much. Mainly I meditate on my bed, or the couch. But maybe a meditation cushion would be more comfortable? I tried a zafu/zabuton once and I felt all bent. Don't know if maybe it was because the zafu was too high for me as I'm petite -5'4''. Or are all them about the same size? Anyway, I saw this one on the internet that is shaped like a crescent moon (actually, more like a behind :tongue:), is it good? Which one do you use, do you like it and which would you recommend me? Thanks.
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby Mkoll » Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:54 am

I have a crescent-shaped one but I don't use it. It's helpful for supporting the legs which may let one divert more energy into keeping the back straight

I think that unless you have a disorder or a serious old injury preventing you from keeping your back straight without support, you can train yourself to do so.
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby Monkey Mind » Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:28 am

I have chased after many different types of cushions, each has advantages and disadvantages, and those are especially related to your body type.

I agree with the above advice: unless you have a major back injury or problem, it is better to learn to sit with minimal supports. (This might take awhile, starting with a full buckwheat pillow and gradually reducing the grains to the smallest possible cushion that is still comfortable or tolerable.) I am a heavier person, and I swear by a crescent-moon buck-wheat cushion. Skinnier people swear by a round, smaller cushion. Really skinny people seem to prefer a small/ short rectangular cushion.

I do have a major back injury, so during long retreats I sit with one of these: http://www.nadachair.com/products/
However, I am trading back support for blood circulation on my legs; during a 1-hour sit at least one of my legs is guaranteed to "fall asleep".
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:33 am

I am using two futon cushions. The same ones I've had for ten years. They're nearly squashed flat. I also use a small Persian-style prayer mat and a shawl.
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:37 am

I have some back pain with sitting. I dont know if cushion choice is much of a factor since you end up in about the same posture which ever one you choose.

I prefer a buckwheat cushion because its stable, however buckwheat is very firm, its a lot like sitting on sand and a little too firm for some peoples comfort, i have heard.

If you are having some minor back pain as a result of holding the posture, i would recommend doing something to strengthen and gently stretch your back.

Walking is good exercise for the back and if you are in good health otherwise and are just experiencing minor muscle pain in your back as a result of holding the sitting posture, some gentle yoga stretches can help.

What ever you do just go easy, especially at first and keep in mind that as you make a habit of meditation practice, your body will tend to adjust to doing it.
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby Monkey Mind » Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:49 am

Sorry if I seem to be overly-focued on this topic. With some searching, I found this video that circulated here a few months ago; a little new-age, but I think the structural advice is sound; at least it was helpful for me. I am not an expert:

http://youtu.be/qil5mmjuaIs?list=PL375955A026031014
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby callmetheseeker » Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:07 pm

@MonkeyMind Sorry? No way, mate. I'm thankful, now I have another option to look into. ^^
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby purple planet » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:59 pm

I meditate sitting on the bed with a pillow behind my back and the pillow is leaning on the wall -

I do walking meditation before the sitting and i do it the same amount of time i do the sitting - this is how the tradition i follow meditates if you can do walking meditation with the technique you are using i would say that its good to add the walking meditation if only for orthopedic reasons

some good posts above just adding my solution
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Re: Best meditation cushion for bad back?

Postby sattva » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:43 am

Someone told me that these cushions helped them tremendously. I plan on saving up for one and will hopefully get one after Christmas.

http://www.dharma.net/monstore/index.php?cPath=104_105
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