Everyone needs a good meditation blanket…or two…or three. They’re warm, they’re cozy, and they’re a functional meditation accessory. It’s like getting a really nice couch, it looks good AND you can use it.
I’ve said it before, getting some form of meditation cushion, chair, bench or blanket can make a humongous difference in the quality of your meditations.
You’ve been there before, where you’re sitting on the ground, Indian or lotus style and you feel the pressure on your knees, ankles and back. It’s uncomfortable right? And you might not have even been meditating. Imagine dealing with that for 20-30 minutes.
The good news is meditation blankets and cushions don’t have to be expensive. And if you plan on meditating daily, you should consider getting one from the get go.
In this post I’ll show you the best meditation blankets, explain who could benefit from having one (and who wouldn’t) and review the best one’s for you. Let’s get started.
Our Top Picks:
- Best Overall: Yoga Accessories Mexican Blanket – Doubles as a shawl
- Runner Up: Hand Woven Mexican Meditation Blanket – Extra thick
- Top Premium Choice: Hand Woven Thunderbird Blanket – Extra soft
What’s a Meditation Blanket?
First, let’s do a quick explanation of what a meditation blanket actually is. Simply put, a meditation blanket is an oversized and (typically) stylized blanket that can be folded into a thick bolster that can accommodate any meditation position. They come in different shapes, sizes, materials, prints and colors and they’re more convenient for traveling (easier than bringing a cushion).
The thicker blankets are better if you like to sit higher and have more support. They tend to have more weight to them and they can be folded longways to place under your knees (great for kneeling meditations) or folded and rolled into a more compact and thicker cushion style for lotus meditation. These tend to be the Mexican style blankets and wool blends.
The round mandala printed blankets are typically thin and light. They can also be rolled into different shapes and thicknesses but won’t provide as much stability and cushioning. A perk of these blankets is that they’re really easy to travel with (can easily fit in luggage) and many can double as a shawl (for those beach vacations).
Who Needs a Meditation Blanket?
The first question you’ll want to ask yourself is how often you plan on meditating. If you plan on meditating less than 3 – 5 times a week, I would recommend you just use a simple blanket or cushion you have lying around the house (unless you want some oversized warm blankets for your house anyway that is).
Here’s why: When I decided to start testing the idea of a meditation blanket, I began using some thick blankets I had at home. They worked fine for the most part but I really needed to have either two blankets or one large blanket and a yoga mat. When you fold the meditation blanket and place it below your bottom, you’ll still need a yoga mat or another blanket to cushion your knees from the floor.
(alternatively the blanket could be used under a zafu).
As I said, the blankets I had worked fine for the most part. But after a few meditations I found that the microfiber blankets I was using didn’t provide the support I wanted.
But if you’re only meditating a few times a week and have no plans of increasing your frequency, you can probably get away with something you have at home. If you’re regular with meditation or have plans of regular meditation, go ahead and splurge on a blanket or two.
Types of Meditation Blankets
As I mentioned above, there’s several types of meditation blankets. There’s the thick Mexican blanket style, round mandala style and the wool and synthetic blends. And if you really want to get fancy, there’s cashmere meditation blankets. I’ll quickly explain each:
Meditation Blanket Styles
- Round Mandala Style Blankets – often have colorful printed patterns that look very cool. These blankets are typically made from cotton and are often thin so they don’t make a good bolster.
- Wool & Synthetic Blends – come in solid colors and basic styles. Typically these are the warmest blankets.
- Mexican Style Blankets – these are made from blends of materials such as cotton, polyester and acrylic. They come in solid and striped patterns and have the fringe on the ends. They’re typically thick, affordable and high quality. These are the most popular style of meditation blankets.