5 reasons to sit on the floor or a meditation cushion.

Julia Bates

Humans are meant to sit on the ground! Our evolved anatomy is for sitting, not lounging. While chairs and couches are comfy, they disrupt our natural posture. Let’s start with 5 of the many reasons to return to the practice of sitting on the floor! Plus, learn how meditation cushions like melloBe make this a lot easier :)

Reason #1 - Chairs are bad for you!


Regular, all-day use of chairs is a relatively new practice for humans. For most of our existence, we’ve sat on the ground. Now, the 40-60 hour work-week puts us in chairs for most of our waking hours. We slouch and slump and fall into couches! This practice weakens our cores, leading to pain in the lower/upper back, shoulders, and neck. We now slouch both when we sit and when we stand, perpetuating the weakening of muscles in the torso that contribute to chronic pain. But meditation cushions are good for you, because they do return us to a more natural position!

Reason #2 - Improve your posture!

Sitting on the floor naturally engages your core and back, strengthening your muscles. While uncomfortable at first, this will over time build your stamina and improve your posture. You’ll find yourself standing taller, slouching less, and experiencing less pain. People will definitely notice your new posture. Side note: it's a lot easier to build this posture when you feel comfortable, so try focusing on your posture while sitting on a meditation cushion.

Reason #3 - Build strength and flexibility!

Sitting on the floor also engages your abdominal muscles and hip joints, which can greatly improve your flexibility. It’s like getting a small workout each time you sit down! Enjoy a tighter core, looser hips, and a stronger back just from your daily dose of sitting. Ever notice that people who practice yoga also often meditate and vice versa? Try a meditation cushion, even if you're not using it for meditation, to build your flexibility!

Reason #4 - Improve your longevity!

Being able to get up and down from the floor without using you hands has been shown to correlate with longevity. If you can do this, you most likely have strong and flexible legs, a healthy core, and good balance. As you age, you’ll avoid falls and strains, which are common reasons for hospitalization and decreased quality of life. Of course sitting on the floor alone won’t make you live longer, but it’s a simple test to check your strength and flexibility and an easy adjustment to make to improve your health.

Reason #5 - Connect your mind and body!

Because sitting on the floor engages your muscles, it also brings awareness to your mind and body. This position automatically sets the nervous system to a calm, self-aware mode. There’s a reason most meditators sit on the floor or on meditation cushions! This position even puts you closer to children, animals, and nature :) Your best bet is to actually spend some time practicing mindfulness using a meditation cushion. But sitting on the floor or cushion, regardless, is a great step!

Please remember!

Sitting on the floor may take some getting used to! You are using new muscles, so if you find it difficult, give yourself time! Begin by sitting on a meditation cushion for a few minutes at a time, and gradually increase as your strength and flexibility grow. You’ll eventually find that sitting on the floor (especially with a meditation cushion) with your chest our and shoulders back is naturally a more comfortable position.

If you want an extra boost to your comfort and posture, check out a melloBe meditation cushion! Designed to straighten your back, open your hips, and relax your knees, they’ll do wonders for your floor-sitting journey! 

melloBe is live!

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Announcing our new website and online store!

This post marks the start of a new chapter - the launch of! We are thrilled to share our meditation cushions, and thought you might like hearing our story.

melloBe began seven years ago, when my daughter, Corey, became chronically ill. As a mother and nurse, I wanted to give her the best care possible. An important piece of that meant helping her manage the stress of her illness, and mindfulness was a natural solution.

I have had an on-and-off relationship with mindfulness for the past 40 years. I’ve used mindfulness meditation to manage stress, help my patients, and slow life down. Given this new immediate need, my “on-and-off” relationship turned fully on. I took online classes, read books about mindfulness, watched YouTube videos, and practiced mindfulness daily. I began working with my daughter to help her manage her illness.

Little by little, Corey plugged into this whole ‘mindfulness thing’ her mom was pushing. But she struggled to sit on traditional meditation cushions, and discomfort interrupted her practice. To ease the pain, I created my own meditation cushion. Designed to make meditation comfortable and enjoyable, it also ended up improving Corey’s posture.

Corey enjoyed the cushion so much that she developed a regular mindfulness meditation practice! Her physical and mental health improved, and over time she recovered. Today, she is a happy college junior living in her own apartment! Her regular mindfulness practice helps her to regulate her mind and body in the midst of chronic illness.

As Corey recovered, we quickly learned that the cushion could be used for a lot more than meditation. We began using it for yoga, board games, by the pool, and on. It became an amazingly versatile furniture piece in our home!

Fast forward nearly a year, and I found myself accidentally at a Startup Weekend competition, thinking it was a presentation workshop! On a whim, and with lots of encouragement, I ended up pitching my meditation cushions to the group. The melloBe cushion was chosen as one of the weekend’s startups, and ended up winning crowd favorite!

That weekend confirmed in me that my meditation cushion could help a lot more people than just my daughter and me. I found beautiful fabrics, began producing and selling cushions, incorporated melloBe Co, and launched this site!

My mission is to create connection through mindfulness. The cushion, my mindfulness meditation practice, all of’s about connection. Connecting with yourself, connecting with the people around you, and connecting with nature.

I am excited to share with you the melloBe cushion, and sincerely hope it brings you the same comfort, mindfulness and connection it has brought my daughter and myself. We love hearing from you, so please reach out to and tell us what you think.



Julia Bates | Founder & CEO