The SeiFu adjusts to your body's changing needs whether you sit cross-legged (lotus or Burmese) or in a kneeling (seiza) position. Using the SeiFu is simple and can bring new comfort to your meditation. First, let's look at the adjustable cushion's construction:
The SeiFu, stuffed with buckwheat hulls, has a flap with three strips of Velcro®, creating a small compartment in which straps and buckles can be concealed for neatness. Open the flap and you will see two encircling straps each threaded through a buckle. The straps can be tightened or loosened to raise or lower the height of the cushion.
The straps and buckles permit four basic configurations:
Open - both straps relaxed. (Fig. B.)
Tight - both straps cinched. (Fig. C)
On its side - tight, both straps cinched. (Fig D)
Half-cinched - one strap open, the other tight. (Fig. E)
Caring for your SeiFu
The SeiFu is washable, but first remove the buckwheat hulls which fill the cushion. The zipper (Fig. A) allows you to add or remove buckwheat hulls. Adding or removing them is another way to adjust the cushion. After just a few periods of meditation, the SeiFu 'breaks in' nicely.
Adjusting The Straps
The best way to open the buckle is to pull up on the loose end of the strap. If you pull the strap over the buckle, using it as a lever, the strap will tighten. If you would like the cushion even tighter, pull the strap back and forth while holding the cushion. Continue this process until the strap is as tight as you would like. Close the buckle while holding the strap down so that the buckle can close without catching the strap.