Meditation cushions for mums in need of mindfulness


by Ellen Kinsey |

No matter how much mums can do, no one is superhuman. Although it may feel like you may have to be superwoman on a daily basis, you mustn't put your own self-care on the back burner.

Even though it may be hard to find the time, it is essential to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. Meditation is a great place to start as it promotes mindfulness and reduces stress, and don't we all need more of that in our lives?

Whether you have been meditating for years or are curious about starting the practice, meditation cushions will come in handy. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create a comfortable mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day.

What are the best meditation positions?

As with most things, there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the best meditation position.

Headspace, one of the most well-known mindfulness and meditation apps state, 'a mindfulness practice can be done in one of four postures: sitting, standing, lying down, and walking. Many teachers (including Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe) believe that sitting is the optimal position as it provides a balance of focus and relaxation. When the body is upright, both the body and mind tend to be alert and attentive. At the same time, when we're seated there's a degree of letting go and relaxation that takes place.'

According to Headspace, the optimal sitting posture is: 'The back is straight yet relaxed, the head and neck are aligned over the spine, and the arms rest on the legs or in the lap. When it comes to your hand positions during meditation, you can either place them on the legs, palms down, or in your lap, palms up, one hand resting in the other.'

If you aren't sitting comfortably, the rest of your body will stay tense, making going into a meditative state difficult.

With that in mind, here is our pick of the best meditation cushions that will not only help your meditation posture but look lovely too.

Here are some of the best meditation apps to help you find some calm in your day:

Headspace

One of the most prevalent mindfulness apps available, Headspace encourages users to become more ‘mindful’ and meditative.

The app works as a trainer to help you practice meditation. So grab your meditation cushions and breathe.

Find out more about the app here.

Simply Being

Like Headspace, this app helps users understand meditation and helps them to clear their minds from anxiety and worries.

It costs £1.99 and provides peaceful, meditative music to help you relax and de-stress.

You can download it here.

Superhuman Meditation

Superhuman is a new and refreshing approach to guided meditation. With guided meditations that are more like motivational speeches, you can do these meditations walking, working out, getting ready or sitting down on your meditation cushions.

Although it is quite an investment at £25.99 a month or £159.99 a year - this app is especially for those starting out in meditation and breathwork or who need a pick me up throughout their busy days.

Get a 14-day free trial here.

Watch this short guide meditation with Fearne Cotton to help you find some peace:

Television and radio presenter Fearne Cotton, formerly of Radio 1, often speaks up about her mental health and discusses anxiety, depression and learning to cope with panic attacks.

Her chart-topping Happy Place podcast has also launched a meditation experience for Amazon Alexa. Happy Place Meditations offers daily guided meditations and serves as a companion to people looking to find calm, balance and relaxation.

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