A zafu style meditation pillow is traditionally a bit softer than a standard meditation pillow. While this style of pillow can be used on its own, it is helpful in combination with a standard pillow, especially for those who are taller or less flexible. These pillows are made in India from smooth satiny material with a high quality embroidery of the om symbol on top.
Om is a sacred sound, mantra and a spiritual icon. In Hinduism, Om refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge) In western culture this sacred spiritual incantation is most commonly made before and during during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga. The word om is nebulous and vague - it can mean almost anything. Like all chants, it gathers and focuses the mind, om in particular seems to calm the nervous system.