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. 24
    Arun Momia Says:

    Malini i would like to say something in your case.
    you are absolutely right while saying that Kundalini awakening is a spontaneous phenomenon. In my case too it started itself and when it starts abruptly it brings lots of confusion and frustration, I am still searching for the answer whether i should help raising my Kundalini energy or should try to pacify it. Mind deviates a lot and it becomes very difficult to concentrate.

    If you find a good suggestion from a spiritual master pls. pass it on to this site so that we can get help from that

  2. 23
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Hi Hima,

    Yes this is consistent with Mantra therapy and energy healing. The sounds create certain energy centers from activating and opening up. The pressure in the forehead relates to the Third Eye region (Ajna Chakra). Tingling in the lower back is the activation of Kundalini Energy.

    To begin, please first concentrate on getting healthy and then work on getting very fit, before opening the chakras using Mantra Yoga (Naad Yoga or Bij Mantras).

    This is to prevent issues with the greater flow of energy that takes place when chakras open up and the body is not ready.

    You may like to start with the free online kundalini yoga and meditation classes we offer here on Mastery of Meditation. If so, please start with Course #101. Links are below…

    Free Online Meditation & Kundalini Yoga Classes

    Introduction to Meditation & Kundalini Yoga

    Please let me know if you have any questions, or run into any issues.

    All Good Wishes,

  3. 22
    HIMA Says:

    Last week, I was very weak and ill, and called this Indian man who claimed he could unblock chakras. Over the phone for one hour, he recited various mantras non-stop, during which time I was in a deep, relaxed meditation state. At one time, it took all I had to control this urge to burst out laughing because of the tickling in my lower back was soooo intense. I tried so hard not to laugh. I didn’t want to insult the man who was so diligently chanting by causing him to think I was laughing at him, but this tickle was too intense to bottle up. Also, ringing in my ears, which has continued (it’s been 5 days). The last symptom was a pressure in the very top center of my forehead, right up against my hairline (he called it the 5th eye, but didn’t explain what that was about). I would like to understand better what is going on, and if I should try to develop this further, how to do that, and whether I should wait until I find a good teacher? Thanks for your help.

  4. 21
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Hi Malini,

    Yes it’s absolutely possible to have such kundalini awakening w/o any conscious effort. There are many reported “non-spiritual” scenarios where spontaneous kundalini awakening has occurred.

    There tend to occur during intense times and activities (emotional, mental or physical), but not always.

    Certainly, leisure time as you had after quitting is another phase when such spiritual awakenings occur for sure, especially if you are in nature or are reading enlightened material (Bhagawat Gita would qualify :-).

    The temptation to join an Ashram, to me is an invitation from within to move deeper on your spiritual journey. I do not feel it’s necessary though to take such step (leave everyday life and join an Ashram that is).

    I do strongly suggest starting a regular spiritual practice, which includes meditation and perhaps yoga as well. A good article outlines what your day should incorporate for spiritual growth can be found here…

    10 Things To Do Everyday

    For starting a meditation and yoga program I suggest taking the following course. It has been beneficial to many.

    Introduction to Meditation & Yoga Course

    If you are highly motivated and interested in an intense spiritual effort, you may wish to try the following 9 day challenge.

    Comprehensive 9 Day Spiritual Test

    The above are good starting points. Please let me know your progress and any other issues you might run into.

    All Good Wishes,

  5. 20
    Malini Says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    I want to share something, which now I believe may be some kind of Kundalini awakening? I had a paranormal experience 5 yrs ago. It was very scary. I thought I had schizophrenia. I have experienced other people answering to what I was thinking. Even I saw personalized messages in newspapers and radio!! No normal person would believe what I have experienced. Even I, myself would like to believe that it was a mental illness; it is much easier to believe that way, especially because I’m a doctor.

    Since then I have changed a lot and the changing is still continuing.

    My question is: “is it possible to have the awakening without any effort?” Because I never tried or wanted that. I even never heard of Kundalini. Only thing which I think might have contributed to was resigning from my job (from World Health Organization) and sitting at home and reading Bhagawat Gita. Though I don’t know whether I did that consciously. It was very unlike me.

    The issue which is troubling me now is that I’m getting temped to join some ashram, which I don’t want to do. But at the same time, doing the routine job looks very unproductive to me. I want to involve myself more in some spiritual activities. Can you please suggest some solution?. Thank you,

  6. 19
    Arun Momia Says:

    Thanx once again Garry for you attention.

    Thats very nice that you have been doing all your meditation under the guidance of a spiritual master but i never consulted any guru. yes i used to ejaculate during this period becaus e i never knew that it can create problem. but are you sure that this all has happened because of immature opening of third eye.
    Can you pls. consult your guru for me and ask him how long it will take to clear these blockages. Also along with the pressure in my third eye region, other muscles in my body (mostly one at a time )start doing unusual moments like vibrations, anywhere in legs,shoulders or neck, cheeks and at many places. I guess that also is the Chi effect as you mentioned earlier.
    I can understand your situation too wat you feel in your body (in years and head). but wat is the outcome of all that. did you ask it from your teacher. how will all this effect your life.
    Garry tell me more abt. you, do you have a yahoo, gmail or orkut id so that i can have an online chat with you.Pls. reply me as there are very few people who can understand us :-( rest all are ready to laugh on our situation or grade us with a psycho degree.are you in touch with some more such persons if yes tell me abt. them, i am happy to find someone who could understand my situation, thanx once again Garry for your attention.

  7. 18
    garry Says:

    Hi Arun,

    Upon further reflection, I think the particular symptom of your third eye chakra area acting up all the time is due to trapped chi. When you concentrate as in school, the chi or pranic energy of your body tends to rise to your head, and therefore comes the feeling of pressure as it goes around this area. I had a similar problem around my ear. (but man, thats a long time for you!) The chakra is not fully open, and also many lesser nadi have not yet cleared, and therefore the trapped chi has nowhere to go. So I think the best option is to continue clearing your lesser nadi through pranayama, single mindedness meditation, emptyness meditation, etc. (not forcing energy kind of meditations) Eventually the nadi or chi channel will clear and the feeling of pressure will go away, but it will take some time since the third eye chakra is relatively a later stage place the kundalini energy. reaches. I hope the people who wish for early third eye chakra partial opening to be warned by your example, doesnt sound like fun, and its completely useless until you have purified all your nadi! My teacher says absolutely one must not have sex and ejaculate, nor masturbation (if you do a Tantra or Taoist practice, do not ejaculate), because this will have the effect of reducing the chi energy so the kundalini process will not be able to complete because the jing or bindu needs a certain time to mature.

    Lately my kundalini experience has been very electric! It feels like the energy is trying to push my face off, like one of those gravity rides at an amusement park. My face feels empty and often its like my nose is getting bitten off. Must be good for the skin! Also this morning my mouth was forced to make a circle shape like someone put in a large ring, and i meditated like that for an hour. Very strange feelings, not regular feelings, difficult to describe using regular words. Im going to holiday for a month and sit in a room meditating, hopefully things get less weird.

    Good luck,


  8. 17
    Arun Momia Says:

    Thank you Anmol and my friend Garry for your invaluable suggestions.

    Garry you may be absolutely right in your saying that it is a process of nadi clearing, but for how long, it is two years now.I am doing every possible thing now so that i dont feed attention to this third eye, as i know well if i kept paying attention to it a big trouble is waiting for me. i will be compeletely lost and will go far away from this present world.Even my one hour attention to it destroy my full day and then it becomes difficult for me to stay away from it for the full day.

    I am really confused now, as i can remember that i have
    put a lot of hard work doing meditation for all the day (in the initial days of awakening) and now i have to run away frm this.this is not the outcome i ever desired rather i always wanted to get an answer to questions of death and birth, i wanted to experience all the answers rather than listening frm someone. can this path (kundalini or whatever i am going thru) will lead me to answers.It many times heart me when i delibrately run away frm so called meditation and i adopt the ways to kill solitair and serenity of my mind.

    My only question right now is ” what is the next stage after this third eye pressure” and how long it will continue?

    Anmol has referred me a good book i will definitely read it and try to look for answers. I have just read Autobiography of a Yogi by Shri Yogananda. It is really an amazing book and best book i ever read.

  9. 16
    garry Says:

    Hey Arun,

    I completely sympathize, as I am close to going crazy myself–its not because of all the weird manifestations, but as Ramakrishna puts it, alternatively feeling like “an ant, a fish, a monkey, a bird, or a serpant” every day something odd, its more because of the lack of understanding and clear information and nobody to complain to who wont think I am insane. Your experience indicates the kundalini energy (jing being full and transforming to chi) that is cleaning your nadi. Theres many thousand nadi, so lots of cleaning. If you dont meditate much, the process will be slower, and yet the energy will be there– because it is awakened kundalini energy after all, not just a sugar high. So in my humble opinion, you should do more meditation, because the energy is relentless. (i differ from Arun’s opinion in this point, with all respect. i am not a teacher or guru, so its just my opinion) Some of the posters here so-called kundilini reports above are just wind energy experiences, not yet kundalini. What you are experiencing, the pressure and light, is due to “friction”, unblocked channels. Sometimes the friction can be in the form of pressure, pain, light, bliss, etc. I read it takes maybe 10 months to clean your body into a rajastic one. Its worth it!!! Look younger, feel lighter, little chance of getting a major illness like cancer after this–plus have a body where you can now START real spiritual progress.

    My own experience is more like alien abduction and being worked on by dentists and surgeons. Sometimes I get mouthfuls of slime, all sorts of feelings of tubes and wires, panels being installed; at the moment of typing there are pin pricks and knives around the crown of my head and some kind of chi-liquid flowing from near my gums to a hole at the bottom of my mouth, my 3rd eye has lots of pressure and ears move when i think of it, and my skull seems to move in sections while my brain boils. I had to come home and sit alone instead of doing normal activities. My rationale is that I want it to finish as fast as possible, so I want to give it the time it needs to complete the process.

    You are correct that this has little to do with spirituality, its all about physiology, the nervous system changing, the body evolving. It is every human’s birthright, but so few people know about it.

    I used to shake alot too, like I had been plugged into a wall socket of energy. This went away after some main nadi, or chi-channels opened, and the energy had somewhere to circlulate.

    5 minutes in my body, a normal man would be screaming down the street!!

    good luck to you and happy cultivating.

    (the Zen people say to just ignore it all, this is the best advice I have gotten so far)

  10. 15
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Arun,

    Yes I have experienced such events, especially the pressure in the Third Eye region and forehead. It is with me almost always, but I can modulate it’s intensity based on where my attention is placed.

    This pressure can grow to immense proportions (feels like a balloon being expanded with air to the point of explosion). In the process of the expansion it displaces the mind. This manifestation of the pressure can be brought about though meditation, but I do not feel it is particularly beneficial or healthy, and I don’t recommend it.

    In any event, I do think you should visit Baba Ramdev. There is no harm in that, worst case he will convince you to do pranayama :-D.

    The physical body has difficulty handling “cosmic energies”. It is simply so. The process can tax the body in a very real way and it is not always fanciful or romantic. See if you can detach yourself from the process and not allow it to bother you as much. I know it is hard, but it could help you cope better.

    It might help to reflect on the fact that some (not all I know) of these symptoms are more troubling to the mind than they are to your life. So see if you can not let them play on your mind so much.

    You may wish to read the following book. The only reason I hesitate is that such books from enlightened masters carry great vibrations and when I read them, it increases my “spiritual symptoms”. That being said, the book will give you a glimpse into the process and it’s possible affect on the body.

    Krishnamurti’s Notebook (by J. Krishnamurti).

    The following article also mentions the problems “enlightenment” can cause to the body…

    J Krishnamurti Ponder His Enlightenment

    Let me know your progress and if there is anything more I can help with.

    All Good Wishes,

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