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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646 Responses to “Kundalini Awakening Symptoms”

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  1. 386
    Tony Says:

    If you start to feel a lot of pressure in the head from kundalini exercises you need to learn to open the heart chakra and carry the energy from there down into your arms if you cannot do this then cease the practise until months or even years later or risk insanity.

  2. 385
    anonymous Says:

    To Filip’s question, that is NOT kundalini at all. What you experience is experiencing is termed “exploding head syndrome” look it up if you think I’m joking.

    To Uli, there is a chance you have awakened kundalini either prematurely or accidentally. If you have done so, what is happening the the low level of your consciousness is clashing with the high consciousness state of the kundalini. Either you are too attached to your ego, your emotions, or you have too much negativity inside of you, or all, these do not mix with the with the higher consciousness bliss once the kundalini is awakened.

  3. 384
    Barbara Says:

    I’ve been experiencing a lot of heat in the body since starting a kundalini yoga practice last month, am not sure if it’s also related to the fact that I also started using a far infrared sauna daily at around the same time, although using the sauna never did this in the past. The heat is an unusual sensation and not particularly uncomfortable, just get hot and a bit sweaty intermittently and need fewer covers at night. Probably due to the exercises aggravating an old injury my neck has been killing me however, so I’m being very careful about it and using arnica gel a lot to help relieve the pain. On the whole the practice has been very beneficial and I do feel better, so thank you!

  4. 383
    John Says:

    Regarding Filip’s question (27/4/2010) of a “loud bang going off in his head”, a Kundalini Awakening is certainly a possibility, but it is a fairly widespread occurrence across the general population.

    Please see: http://www.dailyping.com/archive/2002/01/05/
    for the many comments on this subject

  5. 382
    Carpets Rugs Says:

    I have to say i agree with ULI.

  6. 381
    uli Says:

    I know nothing about kundalini rising. What i know is that whatever is referred to as bliss is actually harming the body because of its intensity. There is no heat in the spine, neither do I meditate. There is a tremendous heat source in the chest area – maybe the thymus gland. Headaches, passing out, conscious darkness, twitching and not being able to walk sometimes as well as some sort of desirelessness are only a few sideffects. What can be done ? Someone help me, cause all physical tests came back as normal.

  7. 380
    Filip Says:

    Hi there I was doing a search on Google for Kundalini Symptoms when I came accross this website. I am curious if anyone has had this experience.

    During the past few days I’ve been having fleeting ‘visions’, just mentally imagining a loud BANG going of inside my head. About the sharpness and intensity of a hand gun type of ‘bang’. It comes and goes and usually I have it during the day and more towards the evening.

    I don’t actually hear anything and there is no pain, I just imagine it, but it’s very difficult not to ‘let it’ happen. Has anyone had a similar experience or the exact same thing?

    It’s also worthy to note that last year I was having some strange experiences too.. for a few weeks I would have moments throughout the day when my scalp felt like it was tightenning for no apparent reason, but the sensation was not accompanied by any actual real tightening of the skin as far as I know. The sensation was real, but when I touched my head it didn’t feel odd or anything. I would also get prickles in my scalp sometimes and more rarely, I would have a sensation that the tightenning was just at the top of my head and almost felt like pressure. I’m a naturally anxious person and so it was somewhat unsettling to feel these things.

    Are these also considered symptoms of kundalini rising? What does this all mean? Can I eliminated these symptoms? Can I learn to control them. Does anyone have any recommendations?

    The most disturbing symptom has been the one lasting these past few days. I feel as though I am inviting this thing I simply imagine as an incredibly harsh BANG in my head.. like being wacked really hard with a big, flat, alluminum paddle… or more like a gun just exploding inside the back of my head. It’s usually in the ‘back’ of my head, but sometimes, although more rarely in the ‘middle’. I am stressed out and it seems when I get stressed it occurs with more intensity, but as to why a bang and not something else I don’t know.

    Anyway, enough talking. I’d be happy to hear about some similar stories or some advice from some of you. Thanks!

  8. 379
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    Yes Kundalini Awakening can certainly occur due to a variety of reasons… non-spiritual reasons as well.

    This does sound like Kundalini Awakening.

    We would recommend trying Sat Kriya and try doing things that are creative and express yourself as freely as possible.

    Also do Sheetali Pranayam. This is cooling for the body.

    If possible just observe the arousal with judgement and participation if possible. See what happens if you do this…

    Keep us posted.

    All the best,

  9. 378
    Emily Says:

    I have an unusual question–

    I have recently been experiencing intense sexual feelings as though I am constantly on the verge of orgasm, and no physical act (intercourse, masturbation) has been able to diminish these intense feelings. These “episodes” come and go, but when I am having one I can masturbate without break for hours, having dozens of orgasms, but the feeling does not diminish.

    Obviously, I am very distressed about these experiences as one can not live a normal life with such intense and overwhelming sensations rising up and lasting for days at a time. I went to a doctor to tell her about my symptoms thinking that it might be a hormonal or nerve problem, but she suspected I might be experiencing an unintentional kundalini awakening. I am skeptical about this diagnosis (though not closed to the idea) as I have no background in meditation, eastern religions, yoga, or anything of the like.

    Do you think my symptoms could be a result of an accidental kundalini awakening as my doctor believes? If so, what should I do? When these “episodes” occur I find it very difficult to concentrate on anything else, which leaves me feeling incredibly anxious and depressed.

    I would appreciate any advice you could give me. Thanks.


  10. 377
    naman Says:

    can u plz tell me how to make brahma nadi strong,,,,,,

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