Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening 

Real Life Experiences & Descriptions of Kundalini Rising

Are you going through a kundalini awakening episode or experience?  Let’s find out… 

Kundalini awakening symptoms are truly a very intriguing subject.  Really there is no correct answer to the question, "What are the symptoms of Kundalini Rising?", as thankfully, each of us is absolutely unique and thus, on a unique trajectory on the path to Kundalini Awakening.  That said, there are some common kundalini experiences that are often reported, which I would like to share with you in this article.

Although we can draw up endless lists of symptoms from third party accounts, I would like to instead make this series about kundalini symptoms that you or I have actually experienced.  In this article, I will give a recent account from one of my students about what she experienced shortly after class, and then I will add my own kundalini experiences and observations as well. 

In the comments section, I encourage you to add any kundalini awakening experiences or symptoms you have felt, so others can better understand what they might be going through.  Here is the recent email I received from my student, Aida:

Aida’s Experience of Kundalini Awakening:

I am a student of the "Gentle Kundalini Class". I just finished taking a series of exercise specifically for the spine.
As I left the class I felt energized as I usually feel after each class, but this time it was a little different, I was feeling extra aware of my surrounding. Like a light turned on. My back was so straight. It lasted all day.
If I could go to class every morning I would go. It makes my day start right in every way. And there are times when I am not feeling like going to class and I push myself to go and do not regret it.
Thank you for being my teacher.
Aida D. 

For those interested, here is a link to the Spinal Warmup Kundalini Yoga Kriya we did in class that day.  Thank you Aida, for sharing your personal experiences with us.

This particular experience of kundalini is very interesting and significant.  This is because it is the common experience of advanced meditation and of kundalini yoga.  In the article, Powerful Kundalini Yoga Battles Profound Zen Meditation, I described my own such experience with kundalini awakening, but not from doing kundalini yoga, but instead from doing Silent Mind Meditation!

Aida’s experience points at the two things that all yoga and meditation boils down to.  Energy and Awareness. 

My favorite description of Kundalini Yoga is, "The Yoga of Awareness," and as you see from her account, she felt more aware, as the energy of kundalini had risen up her spine.  In meditation, it is the same.  The demand for intense awareness, in order to comprehend the thought process via direct perception, leads to energy (kundalini) rising up and elongating the spine.  Awareness then follows.

Jiddu Krishnamurti describes this experience of kundlaini energy flowing up the spine as "The rush of water filling up and thus causing a pipe to stand erect."

When we insist that the spine be straight during meditation, it is simply to facilitate this awakening and thus, to assist in being more aware.  I have experienced kundalini rising and puling up with such force, during meditation, that it sometimes make me feel as if I am going to be launched right off the ground or as if it’s going to pull my head off and up into the sky.

Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening:

I am going to describe some of the physical symptoms my students or I have felt due to kundalini awakening.  I know there are many emotional and mental symptoms as well, and you are welcome to share those with us in the comments section below.  I am grouping the experiences into 3 categories, common, uncommon and rare, according to what I have observed.

Common Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Tingling in the body and brain region.  Also sometimes described as ants walking, tickling energy or flushes of energy.  The brain being flushed with energy is quite pleasant :-).
  • Heat or cold in the system, or running along various channels and chakra centers.
  • Fluttering or twitching of muscles.
  • Pinching or burning in various regions of the body or brain.

Uncommon Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Pressure in the Third Eye Region (Ajna Chakra).  This is pressure, tingling or other sensation in the center of the forehead.  Can go on for years (14 years and counting so far for me).  Caution: If the pressure, due to certain practices, intensifies to uncomfortable levels you feel are "immense", you should cease that practice and consult a competent kundalini yoga teacher.
  • Sudden bursts of energy anywhere in the body.  These are almost always short lived, from a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Spontaneous yoga asans or kundalini yoga movements.  They may come on spontaneously, or they may take over, as if on auto-pilot when one is practicing  Kundalini Yoga Kriyas or Exercises (For an example see article: Explosive Kundalini Rising in Class Today).
  • Kundalini Shakti rising up and elongating the spine.
  • Incredible feeling of love and desire for your partner (not ordinary lust, alcohol induced or otherwise :-).  Usually comes upon you spontaneously, deep in the night.  Sex feels like it’s the first such experience and the intense feelings of attraction emanate from somewhere beyond yourself.
  • Unfortunately, pain in the lower back, back of the neck and headaches.

Rare Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Experience of divine light within.  Very intense light, usually pure white and incredibly beautiful.  I call it the Radiation of the Lord.
  • Tremendous vibratory energy (sometimes feels like it’s coming from the inner ears).  Very blissful, but can intensify to the point where it would completely overwhelm your consciousness if you let it.
  • Spontaneous bliss, intensely pleasurable.
  • This one is a bit scary.  Complete paralysis of the body.  Complete immobility and rigidity takes place.  As with the all consuming vibratory energy, it requires some courage to allow.
  • This one is exceedingly rare.  I have experienced it only once in my life, and have only ever read about it being experienced by one other – the master of awareness, G. I. Gurdjieff.  The arms and legs churn like that of a baby.  It happens naturally and cannot be simulated.  It is also intensely pleasurable and quite a remarkable experience.

There are of course a wide range of transcendental experiences, some of which you will find described in the category Spiritual Enlightenment Experiences.  Above, I have provide those that are more commonly associated with kundalini awakening, although many would argue, including Swami Vivekananda, that all enlightenment experiences have to do with kundalini entering the brain region in some capacity.

So if you have experienced some kundalini symptoms as well, please do share them with us below.  I think it will benefit others identify if what they are going through is actually symptoms of the ever mysterious kundalini awakening.


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  1. 646
    No Thought Says:

    I had been meditating nightly for about 3 years. Just quiet silent, eyes closed breathing in an upright posture. I think the experience started on my drive home. I witnessed the most beautiful sunset ever. I saw and felt every color, I was in traffic and didn’t care, I could feel the music on the radio and felt at one with every driver in every silver box on the road with me. Later that night I went into meditation. It wasn’t long before I reach a very long gap of no mind, just then I heard a very high pitched tone and the sound of a far away rushing river that was getting closer. I then heard a second tone even higher in pitch and the two harmonized. At that point, I felt swirling energy around me and the rushing river sound was growing louder. Soon the tones were joined by a third super high pitched beautiful tone and my lower back began to ache and burn white hot but not really any significant discomfort. I stayed with the breath and posture and the burning white hot sensation moved all the way up my spine. When it reached my head there was a very loud rushing river sound that overwhelmed everything real and in my mind’s eye I saw beautiful colors, lavender, orange and bright brilliant white light and the tones harmonized so beautifully. The sensation was beautiful. It was so beautiful I was smiling and crying at the same time. I stayed with the sensation for a while and felt this overwhelming sense of peace, of bliss and of compassion and Oneness. It was one of the best experiences of my life. For six months following, the sensation would return at various times and occasionally it still does only now it is subtle. The tones, I still hear but not all 3 like before and no rushing river. My hands and feet run very hot with energy every night and I just release it. I had no training and no trainer. It just spontaneously occurred. It was the very pleasantly punctuated ending to a very tough part of my life. I am grateful, infinitely so. Namaste.

  2. 645
    biswajit Says:

    I feel head pressure specifically forehead area, like my brain is churning and moving inside, my spine and neck gets erected like my body will be lifted in the air but stil far from attaining that Samadhi state where minds gets destroyed. Tell me, please reply me via mail what is next and tell me have you achieved Samadhi.

  3. 644
    Rajendra Oza Says:

    I am regular meditating since last 12 years.I have two different experience but I can’t decide that what this means
    ( 1 ).One time I feel my self total weight less like a small grain of rice.and filling I am falling in deep and deep I feel to stay longer in this state but I scared that may be some thing happen wrong and I broke myself my meditative state.
    ( 2 ) In my second experience happen during I was taking shower in my bathroom in standing under shower, at that time for a few seconds may be half minute or minute I forgot my total presence I don’t know where I am ? and than I feel I am taking shower but steel I not make decision that which side I am standing ? some thing feeling
    I am not deciding what these experience means?Can you please guide me?and reply on my email?

  4. 643
    Oscar Says:

    Since July 29 2015, the Kriyas (unvoluntary movments) have been appearing with intensety and I have never meditated before.

  5. 642
    alok Says:

    I have been practising meditation for 3.5 years. I feel intense pressure at Ajna Chakra (forehead between eyes)and Sahasrara Chakra (top of head) during meditation and even during the day whenever I focus on my breath. I am a bit scared. Can some one guide.

  6. 641
    Lavonda Says:

    You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation but I find this topic to be
    really one thing which I feel I would never understand.
    It sort of feels too complicated and very huge for me.
    I’m looking ahead to your next put up, I’ll attempt
    to get the hold of it!

  7. 640
    Kevin Says:

    First I’ll start with what ultimately made me dedicate to meditation, and then move on to my experience thus far.

    I recently went to the doctor after years (due to financial issues) due to a growing issue having to do with my left eye. It exhibited symptoms similar to pink eye or a bacterial infection, but I couldn’t seem to figure out what it was. The doctor ran some tests on my urine and found that I was lacking in vitamin D (not a surprise, as I am inside a lot doing computer programming). Additionally, she concluded that my thyroid gland wasn’t functioning properly and diagnosed me with hypothyroidism.

    I wasn’t surprised at all by this fact at all. I knew how I had been living for some time – eating unhealthily and smoking chronically – it only made sense I had problems, as I did it to myself. Subconsciously, I KNEW I signed that contract. So the doctor proceeded to prescribe me with a synthetic hormone that was supposed to “correct” the problem. I took it for a very short period of time only because my mom urged me to, before deciding I was through with that – I’ve never liked or agreed with unnatural “cures”. At this point I was inconsistent with my meditation practice (I may have stopped altogether), but I needed a solution to this problem of mine. After taking myself off the synthetic drug, I started looking for meditations to practice that would help me get to where I’m going as well as heal the years of damage I’ve inflicted. I bought the book a”The Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness” and “Food for Health and Healing” some time before and used those to begin serious practice.

    I’ve only been meditating for 8 days consistently now, taking serious oath and commitment this time around. Within that practice, I do a set for the Eight Body early in the morning as soon as I wake up, and Silent Mind Meditation before bed at 9, going to sleep at 10.

    I feel I’ve experienced both conscious and unconscious awakenings, both in and out of meditation.

    The common conscious experiences include very bright light in my eyes during meditation that continues to brighten until my thought disperses it; slight tingling in various body parts (though mostly in my legs and arms); and occasional twitching. These are common conscious experiences for me.

    I have had one rare experience within the first 4 days I believe of my consistent practice. I was finishing up with the Eight Body meditation and relaxing on my back.This was probably the most relaxed I had ever been. The first thing I remember is a constant pulsing sound that resided primarily in my right ear, but I heard it throughout my whole head. I could not identify the sound as the only thing running at the time was a fan on low, and I knew what that sounded like. As I lightly focused on the sound, it got quieter and quieter, and simultaneously, my vision got darker and darker, to complete darkness. I could feel my hearing fading out and my consciousness by extension, I was just doing my best to observe. The darkness lasted for some time and I was slightly worried, but I didn’t let it interfere with the experience, I just continued to wait.

    After some time, the light was restored very gradually and what I saw was what I perceived to be the light on my ceiling, but it looked more like a ceiling fan, except I don’t have a ceiling fan. The center of the light/ceiling fan (the object I saw) was immensely bright, and it only grew brighter. And then the timer rang and I came out of it.

    After that session, I was very anxious to meditate again, but I haven’t had another experience like that. I hope to in the future though.

    Although I’ve always been very open and free in my mind, I always knew I wasn’t completely there; I still recognized the impurities in my thoughts and sought to correct them. I feel that my practice has unconsciously unlocked parts of my mind that were previously unused, and thus I feel even more free and pure than before.

    To expand on what I mean regarding my unconscious experience, I was a marijuana smoker to the point where I would smoke every day if possible. I began smoking around 15 or 16 for the wrong reasons (emotion-related reasons) and had been smoking ever since then – I’m 21 now. Some time down the line, I got over that emotional problem, but I continued to smoke for various reasons, including how it helped get away from my inner pain (both physical due to hereditary arthritis and radiation poisoning, and mental), how it allowed me to seemingly think more clearly and be more creative, etc. But that all stopped yesterday, on August 31st.

    For a few days prior to August 31st, my mind had been contemplating and going back and forth on whether I should stop smoking or not. I found myself searching for reasons to continue smoking under the veil of the opposite intentions, despite my being aware that it inhibits my inner growth. I’m sure I wanted to justify its use by any means.

    On August 31st though, the contemplation ended and I took action. It became clear that marijuana, however much good it could do for me, was indeed just another vice, akin to the alcoholic’s liquor. My mind made that fact apparent by constantly bringing it up, even though I would attempt to take my mind off of it, it would not allow me – that’s how I knew, from within, the decision I had made. That morning I gathered up all of my devices and tools related to smoking and removed them from my immediate range, and I officially declared I was done smoking for good to myself and to those whom I smoked with on the daily.

    To end, I love and have come to deeply appreciate meditation, and I can truly say I will be meditating for the rest of my time on this earth. Being a man of brown skin and a victim of radiation poisoning at (and before) birth at the ends of my own government, I have very deep ambition and commitment to see the world change for the better, and to be the catalyst that brings about that change. I went through a lengthy period of demotivation and times where I felt like the world could not be helped, where I wondered why I was born into this ugly life, and so on. But I see a light at the end of my path; I realized we are born at only the right time and for a specific purpose. My dedication and commitment to meditation and all that is good and pure represents my inner strength and desire to see my goals through and create a world of enlightened peoples. I am dedicated to creating this reality, and at the same time, making sure to take it one step at a time. With the continued guidance of the universe, the light spirits of the Heavens, and my inner guru, I am sure this reality will be realized in due time.

    I didn’t expect to write this much, but I guess that’s what happens when you are inspired. Thanks for reading and may you all continue to live good, healthy lives.

  8. 639
    Lisa Says:

    its like a clean fresh explosion of light building and erupting in and through you! Powerful!

  9. 638
    rahul Says:

    hello i feel always mucusls twistching, somthings moving in my inner body , headac every time , back and neck and soulder pain what is this can u rply me..

  10. 637
    Archana Says:

    While practicing sudarshan kriya yesterday I experienced tingling and numbness in hands and legs followed by muscle spasms , felt a weird sensation run in the spine area upwards as if something was pushing through , and legs and hands were writhing , my head literally got lifted off the floor, it lasted for a few seconds , followed by complete relaxation and extreme cold , it was something I had never experienced before , felt the little scared and went completely blank !!

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