6 Best Portable & Folding Seiza Meditation Benches

Best Portable & Folding Seiza Meditation Benches
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If you have an on-the-go lifestyle that involves a lot of traveling, you don’t want to sacrifice your meditation practice. Meditating helps you keep calm and deal with the stress of changing locations and the hectic pace of airports and other modes of travel. Folding meditation benches are very portable. They can easily be stored in a suitcase, backpack, or tote bag and then unfolded for use in hotel rooms or public parks.

Even if you don’t travel a lot, folding meditation benches are great to take to yoga class or if you like to meditate in nature. Toss it in your car or carry it in your backpack on the bus and you can meditate in the park, on the beach, in the woods, or anywhere else you desire. Let the peaceful noises of nature enhance your meditation.

Folding meditation benches are also great for cramped apartments or other smaller homes where you don’t have enough space for a dedicated meditation area. When you’re done meditating for the day, just fold up the bench and easily store in under your bed, in a drawer, or in a closet while taking up minimal space. (If space isn’t an issue and you usually meditate at home, check out these seiza meditation benches.)

If you’re looking for a portable meditation bench, here are a few of the best to help you keep up your meditation practice no matter the location.

Ronin Folding Meditation Bench

This lovely portable meditation bench is handmade from beautiful walnut wood, hand finished with a natural lavender-beeswax coating. The design is biomechanically correct so you can sit on your knees with a proper posture to align your spine.

The leg folds into the bench for a flat travel mode. When open, hidden magnets hold the leg in place for stability. The seat is wrapped with rope for extra comfort. This bench is light and comfortable for optimal portability, but the solid wood to give you full support as you meditate.

Pi to Go Folding Meditation Bench

This unique design of this seiza bench looks like the pi symbol. It’s made from hardwoods with a poly coat finish. The legs fold up flat against the seat for easy portability and storage. Just toss it in your bag and you’re ready to meditate anywhere.

The legs are rounded, allowing for any angle for your sitting meditation. The center position of the bench legs allows for more space for your legs, making this the perfect bench for taller meditators.

Dimensions: 18″ wide, 7″ deep, 7.25″ high

IKUKO Wooden Portable Meditation Bench

This gorgeous portable meditation bench from IKUKO has a unique curved seat form, making it an ergonomic bench. It helps you naturally straighten your spine for perfect meditation alignment.

Since this kneeling bench is curved to fit your bottom, it is comfortable enough to not need a cushion. The feet are removable, and then all three pieces fit in an included 100% cotton bag for easy storage or travel.

Made from wild cherry wood in Canada. Comes in natural wood or stained dark walnut.

Dimensions: depth 20cm, width 42cm, height 18cm

Ananda Woodworking Folding Meditation Bench

This folding meditation bench from Ananda Woodworking is similar to the last one. It features the hinged folding leg design for easy portability and storage. However there are two big differences: first the bottom of the stool feet are flat, allowing for only one angle of the bench. The second is this bench features a padded cushion top for a comfortable seat that means you don’t need to buy a bench pillow as well.

This bench is built to last with front door hinges and thick padding with sturdy upholstered fabric to ensure many years of comfortable meditation use. This is a great investment for many future years of meditation.

The design of the bench is meant to take the pressure off your ankles, so you can meditate in a kneeling position longer without discomfort.

With five different color options available, you should be able to find the perfect bench to match your meditation space decor or just your favorite color.

Available colors: black, burgundy, blue, gold, natural

Ananda Woodworking also makes a canvas tote bag perfectly sized to carry your new meditation bench to class or while you travel.

Still Sitting Nomad Meditation Bench

I really love the design on this portable meditation bench. The sleek, modern design by Norwegian architect Asmund Skard makes this meditation bench extremely portable. The seat is fabric, held up by two legs that criss-cross to support your body in a seiza sitting position. You can adjust the fabric using the velcro on the bottom for a higher or lower seat. When you’re ready to go, it quickly folds up and lays flat. Storage is easy as it can fit on a shelf or in a drawer. If you’re a big traveler, it takes up minimal space in a carry-on bag.

There are two sizes available. Check out the item description to see their sizing recommendations based on your height and weight and your sitting preferences.

Made in the USA.

Available colors: black, natural

Needs Portable Seiza Bench

If you’re a frequent traveller with limited space in your luggage, this is the portable meditation bench for you. Imported from Japan, this folding bench is the ultimate in a portable bench. This “bench” is a loop of fabric, with two boards inside to form supportive “legs.” When you look at it from the front, it forms a trapezoid. The seat is soft to support your bottom, with a smaller flat side that rests on the floor.

Incredibly lightweight, this “chair” folds up flat and goes in the included carrying bag to stash in a carry-on or even a messenger bag with ease.

One downside with this meditation seat is it only comes in one size. People who are over 6 feet or of a heavier weight will find the NEEDs to be too small for their uses. If you’re of average height and size, this could work perfectly for your portable meditation needs.

Don’t forget to buy a zabuton mat to go with your meditation bench, especially if you’re meditating on hard floors. The zabuton will provide a comfortable cushion for your legs and knees so you can keep your attention focused on your breath.

If you’re looking for a meditation pillow that’s more portable, check out travel meditation cushions and mats.

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