Choosing the Right Meditation Bench

Traditional wooden meditation Bench no cushion

A meditation bench can greatly enhance your practice by providing support and comfort that differs from traditional meditation cushions. They can make sitting more accessible, especially for those with flexibility and joint issues. Unlike using a zafu, a meditation bench allows you to sit in a kneeling position, taking some pressure off the knees and joints. As always, a strong sitting foundation is essential to meditation practice.

Still Sitting offers a range of high-quality, handcrafted meditation benches that cater to various meditation styles and preferences. If you’re curious about which bench is right for you, read on. Together we’ll look at our three offerings: traditional, center, and Nomad in a side-by-side comparison, along with recommendations for which is best for you. By understanding the unique features and benefits of each product, you can make informed decisions and choose the ideal meditation bench to support your practice.

Handcrafted Meditation Benches From Still Sitting

Nomad Meditation Bench

Nomad Bench

Designed by Norwegian architect Åsmund Skard, the Nomad Meditation Bench is a portable and lightweight option, ideal for practitioners on the go. Unlike traditional meditation benches, you can easily fold and store the Nomad when not in use. Crafted with precision and care, this bench is designed to provide stability and ease during meditation. We offer two versions of the Nomad:

Nomad 1
The Nomad 1 is a more compact meditation bench that’s smaller and easier to travel with. Seat height is adjustable, allowing you to set the bench at your preferred level, ranging from approximately 5″ to 9.5″. It is particularly suitable for practitioners of small to medium height and build or those with fairly flexible knees.

Nomad 2

For practitioners in need of a higher seat or more leg room, the Nomad 2 is an excellent choice. Designed with the same precision and attention to detail as its counterpart, this bench offers an adjustable height ranging from approximately 6″ to 11″. It provides comfort for individuals of medium to large height and build, as well as those with less flexible knees.

Traditional Meditation Bench

Traditional wooden meditation Bench no cushion

The Traditional Bench is a simple, timeless design that allows for kneeling in meditation with stability and comfort. We craft these benches from Red Oak on Vashon Island; each bench is unique. Two size options are available: regular and all. The regular bench is recommended for individuals 5′ 7″ or below, while the tall bench is suitable for those 5′ 8″ and above.

Center Meditation Bench

Center meditation bench with no cushion

The Center Meditation Bench is designed to provide stability while allowing greater freedom of movement compared to the Traditional Bench. Its open design facilitates easy transitioning into and out of the kneeling meditation position. As with the Traditional Bench, you can choose from two sizes: regular and tall. Try the Center Bench if you like having a bit more flexibility and wiggle room for your legs. If you have limited mobility in your knees, this style makes it easier to get in and out of a kneeling position, but with the same stability and support necessary for a comfortable meditation practice.

Which Meditation Bench is Right for me?

Nomad 1 Meditation Bench
  • Adjustable Height Range
  • 5″ to 9.5″
  • Weight: 1 lb. 9 oz.
  • Recommended for: Small to medium height and build, flexible knees
  • Dimensions: 16.5″L x 6.25″W x 1.5″H
Nomad 2 Meditation Bench
  • Adjustable Height Range
  • 6″ to 11″
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 1 oz.
  • Recommended for: Medium to large height and build, less flexible knees
  • Dimensions: 18.5″L x 7″W x 1.5″H
Traditional Meditation Bench
  • Fixed Height: 8.25″
  • Weight: Approx. 3 lbs.
  • Suitable for: Regular: 5′ 7″ or below
  • Dimensions: 18″ L x 7.25″ W x 8.25″ H
  • Recommended for: tradition and comfort.
  • “Tall” version available
Center Meditation Bench
  • Fixed Height: 8.25″
  • Weight: Approx. 3.5 lbs.
  • Suitable for: Regular: 5′ 7″ or below
  • Dimensions: 18″ L x 7.25″ W x 8.25″ H
  • Recommended for: a little extra mobility and leg room.
  • “Tall” version available.

Meditation is very personal, so there is no right choice for everyone. That’s why we at Still Sitting give you the information to find just the right seat. Our diverse range of benches, including the Nomad 1, Nomad 2, traditional bench, and center bench give you excellent choices for your individual needs. Choose the meditation bench that aligns with your height, build, flexibility, and desired level of portability or seating style. By investing in a high-quality meditation bench from Still Sitting, you’ll establish a stable foundation for an enriching meditation experience. 

Still Sitting also offers a beautiful, colorful array of bench cushions for your new meditation bench! 

Read more from Still Sitting and find the best products for your meditation practice by choosing the right zafu and choosing the right zabuton.

Still Sitting Meditation Benches

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