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I'm a newbie here, so I'd like to thank you all in advance for taking the time to read my post and for any advice which is forthcoming.
I've had a regular meditation practice now for just over a year, but i'm still struggling with feeling comfortable whilst sitting. I'm a typical westerner in that I can't currently sit in any form of lotus, but I can usually sit in Burmese without issue. About 3 months into my practice I bought a decent zafu, and then maybe a month later felt that I needed to elevate myself further so use a normal cushion underneath this in order to keep my knees below my hips. I also try to practice yoga asanas which will help correct my admittedly less than ideal posture.
Since I work 5 days a week I tend to meditate first thing in the morning, though at the weekends it's often a little later, but I notice that I am more comfortable at the weekend, presumably because the stiffness has eased from my dormant body during sleep. In an ideal world I would include some yoga pre-meditation during the week, but time constraints make that difficult. In short, I tend to not feel like I am sitting straight and my lower back begins to tire, my legs shake and it becomes too much of a distraction.
Ultimately my question is, in the interim while the yoga is working to help my posture, would it be beneficial to use an alternative posture, for example using a meditation stool which I would imagine would aid with better posture anyway? When I feel my posture is improving I can try another posture if they would offer benefits over the stool.
With warmest regards