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REALthings

Bigger. Better. Beautiful.

It has been a long search to find my zafu (floor sitting cushion). But here it is and meeting all my expectations.

Handmade in Canada, it is made with a 100% cotton cover and filled with buckwheat hulls. This zafu comes in three sizes and Julie with REALthings helped in determining the best one for me. I use my zafu for meditation/stillness but mostly for floor time with a toddler. This cushion makes it so I can sit straight and comfortable by lifting the hips higher than the knees and letting the back straightening naturally. I am happy to avoid the posture of collapse (slumping).  With thought and care in its making, it does its job perfectly . 

 

Mountain Zafu Blue Smoke

The website is easy to navigate and contains really helpful reading.  The start here tab will direct you to Meditation Cushions 101 (where you will see this cute illustration along with the info).

There are other cushions options for you including one called the Runa that Julie designed herself. The design looks pourposeful and I’d love to try this cushion style. 

Key points about REALthings cushions
– we make them bigger so they fit North American bodies really well 
– we make them by hand so they are durable and leave a wonderful impression 
– we make them beautiful so you will be inspired to create your own oasis of calm and find moments of peace and beauty in your day
– we make them portable and versatile so people can use them for many purposes – comfort at work, travel and relaxing.
– we make them locally in eco-friendly ways  – we use natural materials, recycle our scraps and use biodegradable plastics and have minimal waste.
For all our American customers  – the prices are about 20% cheaper than listed because of the value of the Canadian dollar against the American dollar.  So for example a cushion that is $90.00 CAD is $72 USd . The same applies for shipping which is also shown in CAD dollars.

REALthings provided a zafu to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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My search for the best bolster found me here

My Zen Home

We launch myzenhome with a series of cushions and pillows to support your meditation, breathing and/or yoga practice. All of these practices encourage a healthy mind-body union on the inside. Our hand-made cushions and pillows from Thailand provide a “supported” environment for your practice.

Aqua Yoga Boslter

Our yoga bolster is a wonderful support prop for yoga and/or meditation. As yoga accessories, they offer a tremendous amount of support to deepen your yoga practice. As a meditation or pranayama (breathing practice) prop, you will enjoy the comfort and style from these yoga bolsters. 100% Organic Kapok fill. Dimensions: 20 X 7 X 4 1/2

What I wanted in a yoga bolster

The shape: A rectangular bolster. Rectangular bolsters have a flattened top and bottom and look like a thick rectangle. I think a rectangular bolster feels better than a zafu cushion since it is wider and supports the legs better. It appears that the rectangular bolster is very versatile and can be used for many more things than the rounded bolster.

The materials: Organic Kapok. A natural fiber that I’ve heard is the traditional fill for yoga cushions, being used for thousands of years. I chose Kapok over buckwheat hulls because: of its cotton-like nature, it feels softer than buckwheat; it’s quieter; it’s lighter. I’ve heard that kapok filled cushions can flatten with use but that they can be revived by squeezing and fluffing up the cushion. Time will tell if that holds true.

My Zen Home provided a yoga bolster to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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