YogaAccessories Round Cotton Zafu Meditation Cushion Pillow
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- Traditional round shape
- Filled with 100% natural cotton
- Sturdy, heavy cotton twill cover with handle
- Side zipper to add/remove/replace cotton
- 15'' diameter by 6'' tall
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A traditional meditation cushion, the YogaAccessories™ Zafu is available as a round or crescent-shaped cushion with pleated sides. Each zafu has a sturdy handle sewn tightly on one side. The cushion raises the hips, making the entire range of cross-legged sitting positions more stable and comfortable.
The zafu originated in Japan, made popular in China, and used to be filled with cattail. Now they're stuffed with 100% natural cotton or buckwheat hulls. The filling is densely packed to provide a solid cushion, and yet is soft enough to be comfortable since the zafu is made with all natural fibers. The outer cover is made of your choice of luxurious silk or a sturdy 100% twill cotton. The zafus have a smaller zippered opening, neatly hidden between pleats, that can be used to remove the cover and wash it. You can also adjust the amount of stuffing in each zafu, thus changing the height and the firmness. Each zafu is 15'' in diameter and 6'' in height, and is available in a variety of colors. Zafus are typically used with a Zabuton cushion to provide comfort and support to assist you in your sitting practice.
Top customer reviews
If you have younger kids, you end up sitting on the floor more than you would have imagined! I pull this out and sit in the Seiza position so it is easier to get up and down! And more much comfortable, too!
Eight years later, the fabric still looks great. The cover is removable, but I haven't found that I needed to wash it. Ever. If it traveled with me, that might be another story... but this pretty much stays in my meditation space or my carpeted family room.
The handle is convenient, because this is heavy! It is only 5 lbs, and although it is awkward to pick it up and find the handle, it can be carried with one hand. It is stuffed with 100% cotton and has a cotton twill cover. I like that the cotton is firmer than the buckwheat, but that is just my preference! It could be because I am 5'10 and find the height of the cushion puts me in a very balanced and comfortable position while sitting Burmese style, Seiza Position, or the Half Lotus.
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As an interesting historical note, cotton was considered the most luxurious material for stuffing cushions in ancient India at the time of the Buddha. The Vinaya monastic code prohibits an ostentatious display of wealth for Theravada Buddhist monks. They can not sit on cotton stuffed cushions. Instead, allowable stuffing materials are fur (but not human hair), feathers, cloth (or modern day synthetics), bark, grass or leaves. Later schools of monastics in Tibet, China, Korea and Japan may not follow the 227 Patimokkha rules as strictly. See The Buddhist Monastic Code I by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.