How to use a Meditation Cushion Zafu

Learn how to use a meditation cushion, otherwise known as a zafu, to help correct your posture during meditation and normal yoga sessions.

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Proper Posture

A meditation cushion, otherwise known as a zafu, can be helpful for correcting posture as well as being useful during normal yoga sessions. The translation of zafu is a cushion for sitting.  Za means sitting or “sit” and Fu means cushion.   These cushions provide much needed support during yoga. They also beneficial in strengthening your core, reinforcing your posture, giving yourself a boost, fortifying your resolve, and renewing you chi.

Catspaw Cushions uses traditional buckwheat hulls to fill the cushions so that the meditation cushion supports and contours to your body. You can find out more about our custom-made zafu cushions by visiting our store.

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Examples of Zafu Use

Below you’ll find a couple of ideas of uses and poses that can performed with a cushion – zafu . As always, respect your bodies limits and consult a physician before attempting any advanced poses.

Open Shoulder Pose

Restorative  Twist
supported twist

  • This modern meditation cushion – zafu Morocco with a beautiful geometric design, when you come to quiet on the meditation cushion zafu.

  • p a u s e

    Come to quiet on this meditation cushion you will be reminded that you have the strength within.

    We choose fabrics that inspire us to come to quiet meditation.

    limited edition

  • This modern meditation cushion – coco is an festive tapestry design, be inspired when you come to quiet on the meditation cushion.

  • This handsome black and tan meditation cushion is very centering.  It is very grounding meditation cushion.

  • This meditation cushion has a centering feeling, with camel color with subtle vines on this jacquard fabric  create a grounding and centering meditation cushion.

    We choose fabrics that inspire us to come to quiet meditation. This fabric is available in the traditional round cushion as well.

    Catspaw Cushions and Yoga is a Colorado company that makes locally handcrafted yoga and meditation accessories, and offers yoga instruction.  Our products include zafus (meditation cushions/yoga props), neck wraps, and eye pillows.

    Fabric is chosen to inspire and support.-Fill with traditional organic USA-harvested buckwheat hulls
    -Each zafu has a handle
    -Zippers are under the handle for easy access to remove or add buckwheat hulls
    Traditional – round zafu’s that are approximately 6″ x 13″ and weigh around 6 – 7lbs.  All cushions are filled fairly full.
    Catspaw zafus are stuffed with traditional organic USA-harvested buckwheat hulls.  All cushions are filled fairly full, but they have zippers so you can add or remove buckwheat for the right height.  A translation of zafu is a cushion for sitting, where za means “sitting” or “to sit,” and “fu” means “cushion, bolster, a long pillow or cushion that provides support to strengthen, reinforce, boost, fortify and renew.”