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. 653
    vinod Says:

    i have started close eye meditation from 1 month, am feeling pressure in my hand with in 5-10 min, tingling in my third eye position, pressure in my head and feeling ants moving in my face & head. can any one answer whats happening for me..

  2. 652
    Tyanna Says:

    So this happened June 12, 2016. I woke up in the night due to being too hot to sleep which is common for me. I went downstairs where it was cooler and couldn’t fall asleep really. I was asleep but I didn’t know it. I swear I felt my dog jump up onto my lap. I felt her pressure, heard her snuff, and heard her collar shake. I reach out to pet her but she wasn’t there. Before I know it I experience this immensely pleasurable sensation from my brain, down my spine, to my vagina and clit. I almost had an orgasm it was amazing (I hadn’t seen my husband for over a week at this point). It was warm and tingly like nothing I had felt before. I imagined my spine as a bright red full of life giving blood. I can districtly remember a strong pulse in my forehead where I could hear and feel every pulse of my veins and such. And before I know it (no I had not climaxed) it was gone and I had become paralyzed. I tried to call for help and my lips moved but no sound came out. I literally could not move anything. So I layed there and prayed there wasn’t evil doing this to me. Before I knew it I was awake, but it was so strange because I thought I was awake. Then I slept normally with vivid dreams. But I typically always have very vivid dreams where I experience strong emotions and thematic situations. I will say that for a while my dreams have hardly been pleasant as I always deal with a situation or drama.
    Please help as I want to know how I can develop this and what it even was.

  3. 651
    James 2 Says:

    I need help. I can push on something behind my eyes. I made up my own exercise because i didnt read it online. I had this idea one day where i would exercise holding my breath but pretending to continue breathing with the willpower of or urg of my breath. Even though, i was holding my breath and not breathing. I would focus on pulling in and pushing out. Now, it feels like a bicep and i hear a ringing, and since i intesified it recently, i hear poping and it feels like a headache sometimes…but only when i pull, it goes away like normal again and no headache when i stop….i think its my third eye…and i can physically feel these dead icky parts, that i never felt before….its enough to make me go vegian and drink water, and change my lifestyle…. but i also can make this bliss go up from the middle of my back on command everytime i will it…and it goes up to the top of my head and it feels like flowers…as it “physically” really feels like this, not imaginary. Not a made up belief….its a physical sensation…that i know…can be measured because of the way i feel it..for sure. Its on command…like a limb or leg…its crazy. I never thought it was like this…so real…

  4. 650
    James Says:

    I need help. I can push on something behind my eyes. I made up my own exercise because i didnt read it online. I had this idea one day where i would exercise holding my breath but pretending to continue breathing with the willpower of or urg of my breath. Even though, i was holding my breath and not breathing. I would focus on pulling in and pushing out. Now, it feels like a bicep and i hear a ringing, and since i intesified it recently, i hear poping and it feels like a headache sometimes…but only when i pull, it goes away like normal again and no headache when i stop….i think its my third eye…and i can physically feel these dead icky parts, that i never felt before….its enough to make me go vegian and drink water, and change my lifestyle….

  5. 649
    Priya Khanna Says:

    I would like to share the my experience with you. Please let me know is it kundalni awaken or something else. I started the Durga Saptshati Path as I am hindu so I am firm believer in Lord Shiva and Durga Maa.

    One day i felt like something revolving inside me and its very pleasant and very peaceful. It happened only for few seconds or one minute.

    Then it happened again after 5-6 days when I seated for mediation after durga jaap. But i am not getting what is it? i am searching on evewhere on net and reading all the related articles about kundalini awaken. But did not get teh answer how I can increase this duration how I can get to know about it more deeply.

  6. 648
    Anonymous Says:

    I used binerual beats to activating third eye but it is very bad 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 in the bed time

  7. 647
    becky Says:

    HI. Wonderful finding this website. Thank you for taking the care in creating it.
    I can think of three different times I’ve experienced Kundalini rising. I find it interesting that it can rise and go back down again. I used to think that once it rose, that was it; and I didn’t realise as well that it can rise before one is ready.
    The first time was during an ayahuasca ceremony. I had been doing yoga regularly and also during the ceremony…Long story short I just ”shot up” for lack of better words. I suddenly had a complete understanding of life and the ”cosmic joke”. I found it wonderfully hilarious! :D I was singing sounds and vibrations that changed things around me physically. I could see people’s vibrations and their animals or creatures that were apart of them. I saw their state of minds shape and morph their physical appearances. I sensed what others needed and was able to give in the moment. I saw intense white light. I sensed or felt or ”saw” beings like the presence of the Divine Mother, or Mother Mary, or Sophia or Gaya…I married myself, I said ”I do..I do I do”. I said ”Yes” to myself. I married God that day.
    This lasted about a month. Everything was magic. I didn’t need sleep or food. Rainbows made a path for me…choirs sang. I couldn’t stop praying. I was on my knees and the ground a lot. People said I was glowing and sparkling. It was the most magical part of my life thus far in that sense! I found I couldn’t be around others without feeling my energy hugely affected. Oh yeah another thing is that I spontaneously stopped smoking cigs and weed; eating meat; drinking milk. It seemed a piece of lettuce was sufficient! People said I needed to ground myself but I didn’t want to…but I did need to go to the grocery store and it just seemed like the most absurd thing to me! After a month I started to come down.
    At some point I started doing more Kundalini yoga where I begin to experience seeing through snake eyes. They were behind my eyes. It seemed like another presence in me that was not me. Once I became afraid because I felt the energy rising up as I was doing a kria and felt that presence…it was so intense and I didn’t know if it felt sinister. I was seeing through the snake eyes and felt this kind of sinister smile behind my own mouth. (! What is that?) I stopped it from coming all the way up because I questioned if it was dark and I was frightened. It was hard to stop. It was like trying to stop and orgasm. But the next night at a San Pedro ceremony she came all the way up and I felt like I had turned inside out where my Spirit was on the outside. It felt like a complete spiritual orgasm. This is what it looked like: My breath took over; didn’t seem i had control over it. I felt my whole body tingling with energy that was just rising and rising up my whole body, then my body started tickling inside and I started twitching uncontrollably. Once it happened I was in tears and saying, ”Inside is out outside is in” over and over and said I wanted to use my hands for helping or something like that. Again, the light seemed to be following me…even others said it. I became so sensitive though to everything and very emotional. I still had fear.
    And here I am now, beginning Kundalini yoga again, after having stopped while continuing with Vinyassa yoga and gentle practice with meditation. I feel more energized than before the kundalini had risen.
    I’ve had a lot to learn and integrate over the last while. I realised the importance of grounding myself. I think I had the experiences the way I did because I wasn’t grounded. It wasn’t super productive but an amazing experience none the less and I did get to see the absolute bliss that is possible and the unbelievable power of the human spirit…or ego…or potential…or ….? Words…
    I have had some other experiences that were just as amazing but I don’t know if they were kundalini risings. :)
    All the best for us fellow humans.
    Lots of love and peace your and my way.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

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