As I've recently begun to try out postures outside of my usual bench setup, I've realized that by even the ten or fifteen minute mark, my back hurts terribly if I sit half-lotus. Recently I have been trying out full lotus, and although it fully relieves my back pain, I'm not proficient enough to maintain the posture for any long period of time without hurting my knees or ankles. I have very flexible hips, flexible at least enough for half-lotus, but I fear that perhaps I am doing it "wrong" so to speak. I've been looking at guides online and I can't seem to figure out what about my posture is causing this pain. Obviously many people spend hours in half-lotus every day without incident, so there must be some "fault" to my approach. Does anyone have any tips for reducing back pain while trying out the half-lotus, or any links to more reputable sites that can maybe show me what I'm doing wrong? My meditation has stalled somewhat but I don't want to admit defeat and go back to the bench because I know that at some point I will have to learn other positions.
Thank you very much.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.
Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti SuttaStuff I write about things.