I'm really having an issue here and it bothers my meditation endlessly!
I'm trying to find a good meditation pose and half-lotus seems to be my favorite, but it hurts [as well as the lotus] around the knees and I've tried whatever I've read. I'm aware I need to use my hips, but I can't seem to do it. Even in half-lotus. I know I probably shouldn't START with this and I'm not. I just want to make sure I'm doing it correctly before I regularly practice it, y'know? After reading about how it can cause permanent injury to my knees I'm really worried and It's hard to concentrate when I feel like I'm destroying my knees.
So, long story short: What is the proper way to do lotus/half-lotus without my knees hurting? Do I just have week knees? Any other recommended poses to help with my flexibility if that is the issue? Any tips or comments would be appreciated. I've been using the Lion pose in Yoga [without the growling] or the Hero pose lately and they aren't my cup of tea. I like green tea.
Thanks in advance for any advice you could muster for a newbie.