I am intrigued by the posting on seiza. I am very interested in beginning aikido but it is difficult for me to sit in seiza. After about a minute, I feel pain on the tops of my feet and my lower shins. I am reluctant, however, to just sit cross-legged all the time.
Do others feel the same pain? Do those areas stretch or strengthen over time, lessening or ending the pain? If I sit seiza a little bit each day, will I be able to sit without discomfort?
Thanks for your time.