The most basic principle of the meditation technique is that your mind must be clear. But for accomplishing this, the practitioner must be in a comfortable position. Otherwise, meditation for a long period causes physical distractions to set in as thoughts quickly turn to an increase in knee pains which grows numbness in the lower extremities or rapidly intensify the pricking situations in the feet.
Meditation pillow is not just for meditating in a fashionable manner but it is also for many more. Here we see how to use the meditation pillow in different ways
The Lotus (Padmasana) Position
The lotus position is one of the most iconic positions of all the meditation positions. With the most iconic position it is also a very difficult and challenging position which has to be executed correctly and sustained for prolonged periods of time. So there are so many versions of padmasana with each being less difficult and strenuous than full lotus to master. There are two alternate versions of the full lotus position: the half-lotus and the quarter-lotus positions.
Full Lotus Position
There are also defining elements of a full lotus sitting position and they are fully-crossed legs with each foot resting on the opposite leg’s inner thigh. Using a meditation pillow with this position helps you to vertically align the hips, spine, neck, and head while elevating the hips and pitching the pelvis forward, thus allowing the knees to rest in a very comfortable manner on the floor.
Half Lotus Position
The half-lotus position is the middle version of the full lotus positions. It is a good way not only for meditation practitioners but also for everyone to acclimate themselves to having one foot resting on the inner thigh of the opposite leg with the help of a meditation pillow.
Quarter Lotus Position
The easiest of all the other lotus positions is the quarter-lotus, which requires only one foot rest on the opposite leg’s calf, while the other foot rests on the floor.
The Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
Sukhasana is a very easy pose and it is very much similar to a quarter lotus pose with about the same level of difficulty. The name of the pose has been attributed to the fact that there is less strain on the knee and ankle joints as compared to quarter lotus pose.
For this position, the meditation pillow will be used as a sitting platform that elevates the hips above the legs and angles the pelvic bones downward to make bending and crossing the legs easier and more comfortable (a 30-degree angle is considered ideal for the easy pose i.e Sukhasana).
The Burmese Position
The Burmese position is one of the easiest of all sitting positions, cross-legged meditation positions. Not like the three lotus variants and the easy pose, neither foot is propped up on any part of either leg. Instead of all this, both feet rest on the floor, and as a result, any bending and twisting of the knee joints are minimized.
The Hero Pose (Virasana)
Just sitting with crossed legs is not only an effective way for meditation but forms of kneeling are also very Popular. In Sanskrit terms it is known as virasana position.
The hero pose or Virasana is a sitting position, but instead of meditating with the legs crossed in front of you, each knee has to be resting on the floor, pointing towards the forward direction, and has to be bent so that each foot is to either side of you and pointing back. The basic concept of the virasana or hero position is that you are seated on the floor in the space between your both the feet.
The Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)
The thunderbolt pose is a kneeling pose and is often mistaken for the hero pose (and vice-versa). There are visual differences between the two poses that may be subtle, the differences are quite significant from a functional perspective.
The knees are close together in the hero pose and the practitioner will be seated on the floor in the space between the feet. While in the thunderbolt pose, the feet are closer together and the practitioner sits on the upturned heels of both feet.
So it has been cleared out as to how to use a meditation pillow in so many ways and what are its benefits. Everyone should use a meditation pillow while doing meditation as it is very useful in performing so many different asanas in a correct and proper manner.