Popular holistic fitness routines such as pilates, yoga and meditation address mental health, physical health, emotional health and spirituality. Most people partake in these programs to improve their physical state with only later realizing the benefits that come with the programs themselves. Appropriate tools are necessary to achieve the best results from each of these types of “workouts”. Exercise mats usually will do the job, but for meditation (especially in a longer session) a thin sticky mat won’t cut it. A floor pillow, or zafu, is much better on the tailbone and overall, the spine. Discomfort will not allow you to reach a deep meditative state.
A meditation seat or zafu/zabuton combo puts the body in a relaxed but alert position where energy is in an optimal flow. As each person is designed a bit different, different siting or kneeling positions work best for those individuals. Most of the time with floor pillows the practitioner is in a type of cross-legged position. A lotus is defined with both feet tucked up above the calves. A half lotus is where only one foot rests above the opposing calf while the other is tucked underneath. A zabuton, which resembles a large American floor pillow works well with the lotus and half-lotus.