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Basaho meaning ‘Just Be’ in Hindu, was created by the lovely husband and wife team Tarun and Emmanuelle. They combined their skills together to create something that could inspire and encourage people to meditate more…and they are on a mission;
“Basaho aims to make a cool looking cushion that inspires and motivates regular people to meditate. We understand how life changing meditation can be and our mission is to make meditation accessible to everyone. Until recently, meditation has been perceived as a mysterious and religious activity. Unsurprisingly, meditation cushions have thus lacked any sense of style. Thanks to extensive scientific research, meditation is rightfully coming into the mainstream. We think it’s only natural that the humble meditation cushion comes along.”
Once on the Basaho website you pick a shape,
- Classic – Original
- The Wheel – Modern
- The Wedge – Streamlined
Then you pick a filling for your cushion;
- Buckwheat Hulls – The traditional and more popular filling
- Kapok – A softer and more comfortable alternative
and lastly you pick from one of the beautiful hand printed designs!
I was incredibly excited to receive my cushion (pictured left) and was even more excited to start using it! From the moment I sat down on the cushion I felt an instant relief to my back, my posture felt natural in that upright position which I normally struggle to sit in being a top heavy girl. The cushion didn’t make noise or rustle like some can, allowing me to meditate peacefully without distraction. The designs are….well as you can see beautiful and I absolutely love the colour yellow so was chuffed to bits with the look.
To get more of an idea of what the cushions are like, I gave mine to Sonia Gentle – Reiki Master/Teacher (who is also my mum, so I knew she would be completely honest with me haha) to review it with a small group meditation she was holding with some friends. Here is what they thought;
Lisa – “It’s comfortable for the larger lady which I was surprised at when I saw the size of the cushion. It wasn’t noisy during meditation and gave my back brilliant posture”
Marion – “I’m surprised at how such a little cushion went such a long way and I absolutely loved it!”
Sonia – “The cushion is so pretty, and I would like you to buy me one for my birthday. It is so comfy and I don’t want to give it back.”
The cushion definitely got a big thumbs up from these ladies, and an even bigger one from me – not to mention I now know what to get my mum for her birthday haha!
By Beth Gentle
MEDITATION AND POSTURE: BODY, MIND AND NATURE
Meditation is a crucial aspect of many spiritual practices. Developed over centuries by separate cultures, it has evolved over time into a number of distinct, yet similar, forms.
Different styles of meditation in different societies and different belief systems, and sometimes even within the same doctrines, encourage a range of different postures designed to lend themselves to the practice.
The lotus position is the most popularly depicted stance. A number of variations on the cross-legged position are also advised, especially for those who struggle to get their limbs into the full lotus position. Other spiritual teachers will prescribe different seated or even kneeling stances, especially for novice practitioners who are still getting used to the meditative process.
Regardless of which is best suited to you, there is one thing that every position has in common.
That thing is the upright position of the spine.
The back is always supposed to be both rigid and relaxed, perfectly straight and able to carry your weight without strain
The ability to sit with your spine completely erect – and, on a more advanced level, to sit in a full lotus position – ties neatly into the significance of yoga as a spiritual exercise. Flexibility of the limbs and natural bodily strength applies itself to a lot of meditative benefits as well as having a direct physical impact on the way your body deals with day to day life.
This effect carries over into your meditative posture.
As well as allowing you to carry yourself naturally with a more confident and upright gait, the impact it has on your mind definitely lends itself to a more therapeutic and impactful meditative experience.
Some spiritual teachers liken the position of the spine to that of a tree of a mountain. They espouse the firm, unwavering rigidity and uprightness, the perpendicular relationship with the earth that forms a connection between yourself and the natural world.
You can imagine yourself as an important and beautiful part of the universe’s natural state of being. You can imagine yourself, more clearly in this state of mind, as part of a symbiotic relationship with the rest of the world.
That image in your mind of a direct physical and spiritual relationship with nature, marrying your body with the earth, enhances the feeling of perfect mental peace that meditation strives to achieve.
The proper alignment of body and mind in this practice not only solidifies the success of your meditation but, again, it passes into your everyday life. The connection to the environment and to the world around you, that very real feeling of a direct relationship with the rest of the planet, with people and with nature, is one of the true benefits of meditation.
It adds a sense of total calm to your part in the world and it gives you an insight into the way you effect the world around you and the way it responds in kind.
And it can all be brought by learning to sit with a straight spine.
Author Bio – Kirstie Summers is journalist whose day job takes her to all the most interesting places and events in South London. She also freelances for a number of sites and publications, from gaming and literature reviews to creative fiction. She lives in London and spends as much of her free time as possible making the most of being in such a diverse city. She keeps one day a week to herself to swim, relax and keep the stress of the world at bay.