Dear Brothers and sisters in the Dhamma,
I would like to know about your experience or advice about this issue that I have. I meditate in the so-called Burmese position (see photo) since I learnt meditation in Burma, and I found this a comfortable position since there is less pressure on my legs.
I tend to meditate for quite an extended time, and I alternate that position with walking meditation precisely to avoid leg vein problems.
Unfortunately, my right leg has developed some very inflamed varicose vein at the thigh level, just above the knee.
Now I had two opinions from specialists. One said that seating cross legs caused this, and it is a “no-no”, and I should stop.
Another said that varicose veins and inflammation have nothing to do with cross leg seating.
Albeit I know, I should not be attached to any particular position, meditating cross legs helps my meditation a lot, probably out of habit, but also because I was avoiding back pain.
So, do you have any experience with this to share? Have you had the same problem? How do monks deal with it?
My temptation is to continue to seat cross legs and, in the worst-case,! have the veins treated.