elephant review: The Zafu that Saved my Ass.

Via Aminda R. Courtwright
on Jun 8, 2012
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The Ultimate Meditation Cushion Break-in Period: Vipassana Retreat! 

{Note: elephantjournal.com and Aminda Courtwright received this zafu for free, in return for a guarantee that we would review said offering. That said, we say what we want—good and bad, happy and sad.}

This Zafu from Yoga Styles was put through some rigorous testing:

 100 plus hours of meditation

1000 miles of motorcycle travel

I am happy to say that this firmly packed and well constructed cushion stood up to all of that with style and grace. Yoga Styles cushions are made in Arizona and are filled with organic buckwheat hulls.

If you aren’t used to a very firm seat, be warned—this is densely packed. At first, it was so different than my current cushion I wasn’t sure about it, but after 100 hours or so on this cushion, I can safely say it helped me immensely. My lower back and knees were digging the firm support!

This firmness and sturdy construction can be found in the matching bolster. Upon my return, my students told me that they love the new bolster, and I love the fabric.

I officially met Susan Lefkowitz-Nichols of Yoga Styles last year at the Flagstaff Yoga Festival, even though I had seen her products at local studios for some time. For me there is nothing better than having a face to go with a brand, to meet the human being behind the business, and I love supporting entrepreneurial businesses. I left FYF with a yoga rug (as seen in the picture) and a new friend.

I have since seen Susan at a few other events such as Successful Spirit Summits and Bhakti Fest. What I love is that not only are her products fantastic, but that I am supporting a lovely person.

She designs and tests her clothes and her burnout shirts and tunics are ridiculously soft, and for once, sized for normal humans. Her story of becoming a yoga stylist is adorable and her story of being a cancer survivor is inspiring.

So if you are looking for some props, clothes or mat bags support a home grown business.

She also does wholesale pricing if you would like to include her amazing stuff on your studio retail floor.

Who knows, maybe it will save your ass, too!


Editor: Kate Bartolotta


About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.


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