In recent years, meditation has catapulted from the depths of obscurity to a trendy practice endorsed by celebrities, wellness experts, and generally stressed-out people alike. The number of U.S. adults who have turned to meditation in the past year actually tripled from 4.1 percent to 14.2 percent between 2012 and 2017, according to the 2017 National Health Interview Survey.
While there are still skeptics, scientific studies have suggested the practice—which dates back thousands of years to Taoist China and Buddhist India—may lower blood pressure, aid symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and offer relief from anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
For the uninitiated, meditation is a practice that calls upon both the mind and the body to promote feelings of calm and relaxation, help people cope with illness, and improve overall well-being. Typically, one might practice meditation by finding a comfortable position in a quiet place and focusing on a word, object, or breathing pattern.
Anyone can give the practice a try themselves, but there are many aids to help you meditate if you're not quite sure how to do it alone. While some are fans of attending classes at meditation studios, others download an app on their phone. But now, you can purchase a $200 pillow that promises to help anyone who needs some extra guidance while meditating.
Created by the entrepreneurs behind the wildly popular Y7 yoga studio, WAVE is the newest app-assisted musical meditation system to help you find your zen at home. Combining breath, body, and beats, they offer a $199 bolster paired with a music meditation app that you can subscribe to for $9.99 a month.
It's pricey, sure, but this is no ordinary pillow. The memory foam cushion is designed to let users feel the beat of the music through vibrations, and it pairs with over-ear headphones that connect with the app (available on iOS devices) via Bluetooth. The pillow is meant to be placed beneath your back while laying down or sitting upright while you listen to 10- to 15-minute tracks of original meditation content created by a Grammy-nominated composer. Think beats featuring a heavy bass along with guided instructions meant to align with the vibrations you feel.
Curious if a high-tech pillow can really benefit your mind and body? Shop the innovative cushion below and download the WAVE app on your phone to kickstart your home meditation practice.