I am fairly new to Bikram and have been practicing for about a month and a half. Before I started practicing, I had no lower back pain. As a child I had been told that I have a slight scoliosis in the lower back but it had never bothered me or given me pain. About two weeks ago I did head to knee pose and felt almost like I stretched too much and my lower back hurt slightly afterwards. I took a week off yoga (because of the holidays) but my lower back was still hurting slightly. Last week I went back to yoga and for a few days there was no change - practice felt great but then the slight lower back pain would appear. Anyway, on the 4th day after I came back to Bikram, I did the head to knee pose (the one after half moon and the backbend) and again I felt stretching pain in my lower back but since the instructors always tell you to keep pulling and not to be scared of the pain I assumed it was normal… I got up and my back felt really stiff and painful at times which alarmed me but I was hopeful it would get better so I continued with the eagle and awkward poses. When we got to the next pose (the locked knee pose - sorry, I don’t remember the name) I realized something was terribly wrong - normally I can stand with both knees locked but this time I could not even bend over to pick up my foot and my back was killing me with the slightest attempt to bend forward. I stopped the series after balancing stick posture which gave me a shooting pain in my left back. I laid in savasana pretty much for the rest of the class with the exception of a few floor poses (like cobra, child and wind removing which my teacher said might be good for me). In wind removing I could not even attempt to grab my elbows (which before was very comfortable) and child pose was out of the question - I could not even get close to the floor. Somebody had to help me get up at the end of class and even rolling over was painful! Since then I have spent 3 days at home pretty much laying down with some walking around since both feel better than sitting. My back has gotten a little better (the pain is still there but less intense) - it still hurts when sitting, twisting or bending forward. It feels fine when I am laying down and even walking is not that bad (although I have a feeling I walk crooked and I have to move like a robot to avoid and twists/bends at the waist otherwise it hurts) but sitting is horrible - I cannot seem to find a comfortable position and have tried sitting straight, etc - the less painful position in to sit in the middle of my sit bones and then do a slight backbend and rest my back on the back of the chair but even that doesn’t get rid of the pain completely.
So now I am scared because I have never had any back problems before and it feels horrible. What should I do? Should I go to a chiropractor,etc? Am I supposed to go back to yoga or rest more? Any exercises that might help? How long is this pain going to last? My Bikram teacher told me to rest and come back in a few days but I don’t know how much I trust Bikram after what happened. He said it’s happened to him before and will pass and I will feel better at the end ...
Any advice would be much appreciated!