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How to Choose a Meditation Bench

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Meditation benches have been used for generations. These instruments not only make you more comfortable but can put you in different poses. Meditating with proper body alignment will insure that you are comfortable to meditate for longer.

If you find that you are sore and stiff after meditating you should consider investing in a meditation bench.

Why use meditation benches?

Meditation benches allow you to extend the length of your meditative state. Sitting or kneeling for long periods of time can create a strain not only on your knees but also your back and neck.

The pads on these benches relieve the discomfort of a hard ground and make your back straight. Having a correctly aligned back will make your body feel better when you are done your routine.

How do I use a meditation bench?

Kneel as if you were getting ready for your routine, but raise your body into a 90 degree angle and put the bench overtop of your calves. You can rest your body on the bench which will take the weight off of your ankles and knees so that you can rest comfortably.

Once you have the bench positioned comfortably you can determine if it is too high or low for your position. If the bench is too low you can consider using a meditation cushion to boost your body up higher.

How do I choose a meditation bench?

We've reviewed a variety of styles, both in terms of appearance and how you sit on the benches. The choice depends on how you want to sit, which boils down to either on top of the bench like a normal seat, kneeling on the seat or kneeling on the floor with your legs on either side of the bench. 

Aside from that major consideration, it really comes down to price, how it fits your decor and how portable you'd like it to be. Some of these benches are more like furniture and others more like an accessory.

Mudra Crafts Portable Meditation Bench

Measurements: 18.8” x 7.4” x 4.1”

Weight: 4.1 lbs

This kneeling meditation bench will help you by taking your mind off your aching knees. The large soft padding gives enough support to make sure you are in the proper position. The slight angle makes it the perfect kneeling position. Being easily folded allows for storage and transportation. This allows you to bring this meditation bench with you to meditate in the park. As an added bonus, this meditation stool also comes with a set of Mala beads.

Maple Hardwood Prayer Kneeler

Measurements: 16” x 6.5” x 12.5”

Weight: 8 lbs

The Maple Hardwood Personal Bedtime Prayer Kneeler doubles as a meditation stool. The thin pad allows you to kneel for as long as you need while the strong legs allow you to also use this as a meditation seat. The sides and legs are a high quality stained walnut wood that makes this meditation bench stand out. It can be the focal point of your serenity room. This is one of the heavier meditation seats on our list. Coupled with a non-foldable design makes this a stay-at-home piece.

Kindseat Adjustable Meditation Seat

Measurements: 22” x 7” x 11”

Weight: 3 lbs

For every product category, there's usually an iPhone of the bunch. One that is more expensive but wildly stands out from the pack because of the thought that went into the design. This is the iPhone of meditation benches. The image isn't available for some reason but do click through above to see what it looks like as it's completely different from the others.

This meditation seat is incredibly versatile due to its adjustable height. Change positions with ease and have your bench change with you with this handy meditation device. Never stop a meditation early due to discomfort again because this meditation seat moves as much as you do. Need to shift your weight or quickly raise or lower the bench? The quick release handles allow you to do just that.

The lightweight design can be easily taken apart and can go where you go. This is completely adjustable from 2.5 inches all the way to 10 allowing you to sit both cross legged or kneeling. Coming with a cushion that adheres to the wood allowing it to not slip forward as you meditate this is an all in one stunner. This bench even tilts forward providing you with a spine aligning pelvic tilt.

Oriental Furniture Om Meditation Stool

Measurements: 12” x 12” x 14”

Weight: 3 lbs

This stylish ottoman is sure to make a statement in any room. It's bright vibrant colors inspire happiness and creativity while being very inviting. It is incredibly versatile as it can be used as much more than just the perfect meditation stool. Push it up against your meditation shrine and use it as a seat. This meditation stool gives you a more seated position that may be welcomed for those who have trouble making it down to the floor.

Pi to Go Folding Meditation Bench

Measurements: 18” x 7” x 7.25”

Weight: 5 lbs

This bench is great for its extreme portability. Simply fold it down and pack it with you wherever you go. The bench’s rounded legs allow you to use in many number of positions and is an excellent support system for those with bad knees. Made of high quality solid wood, this bench is very durabile and strong. It may look petite but can withstand long meditations while taking lots of pressure off of your legs and knees.

There is nothing worse than being in a deep meditation only to be disrupted by aching legs. Having a distraction and cutting your meditation short will make it so you do not achieve the deepest levels of self discovery.

With the use of a meditation bench you can give your legs a break and align your body so that you become more comfortable and reach a deeply serene state.

Even though all of these meditation benches are well made, high quality products the winner is the Kindseat Adjustable Meditation Seat with Non-slip Cushion. Being fully adjustable, storable, and its easy to use design makes this meditation bench is our winner. It can be adjusted for any person, or position, with ease. The wood material will stand the test of time while it's well thought out design allows it to be taken anywhere.

Meditation benches are a great way to make your practice more comfortable, but there are many ways to improve your practice. See our full list of meditation tools for more great ways to enhance your practice.​

Used one of the meditation benches? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Myles Nystrom

This adventure-seeking Canadian spends his time traveling the world full-time. A trip through Europe gave him a desire to experience the world. His Volkswagen van allows him to go anywhere its wheels will take him. Currently adventuring through North America he is always tethered to the internet which allows him to write from anywhere. His passion for writing sparked his need to document his trip which can be seen on www.gurtthewesty.com.

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