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. 408
    Tanu Says:

    Hi Anmol,

    I am 28 years old, experiencing strange things since i was in 10th standard.And all this happens only when i am asleep. I have gone through all the articles published by various people here but some have written about there experience while being awake or doing meditation so i am confused if whatever i experience has something to do with Kundalini awakening or not. To list a few things i things i experience, whenever i am in deep sleep i feel vibration in my entire body and my body becomes stiff or in other words paralysis as i try to move my hand but i am unable to and if i try i feel immense pain. i feel so scared that i start chanting gayatri mantra at that time. At times whenever this happens i feel i am flying not very high but just a little above my bed where i am lying and then slowly back. i get scared as if my soul is out or some other foreign body is trying to enter my body and take possession of me. since i am scared i don’t open my eyes to while feeling this vibration and out of body experience, but at times when i have i at times see a coil as if lot of hair entangled together. The next thing that i experience is that when i am awake and lying down, watching television, as if something crawling on my leg and specially left foot and leg, The way heart beats, i feel something similar, a beating feeling below my foot, on my leg, hands, few parts of my body. i don’t know what exactly is happening and this has been happening since i was a teenager. Its really disturbing me and my family life as i recently got married and i am not able to have a healthy sexual life because of the fear that there is some other entity keeping an eye on me and surrounds me where ever i go. Are these symptoms related to kundalini, if yes how do i stop them from happening.

  2. 407
    tmi Says:

    Thank you Mehta for this article. I am currently searching for answers and I am hoping that maybe I can be pointed a direction. I have been experiencing the symptoms of the awakening far long before I ever knew what it was. I have no prior background in yoga nor have I practiced yoga in the past. The extent of my meditation is my prayers that I try to do on a daily basis.
    My experiences include but are not limited to the following:
    ESP (controlled and non controlled)
    being engulfed in bright gold light while conscious and eyes closed.
    ringing in my ears
    involuntary muscle spasms
    involuntary sounds from my mouth
    the sound of the roaring wind
    tingling sensations
    electric shocks or zaps
    warm/cold/hot sensations different part of my body
    headaches and pressure in the brain
    seeing another time and place
    going into a trance as if hypnotized at any given time of day without warning
    mysterious illnesses (i would get really sick and doctor don’t know why….)
    involuntary breathing (i don’t know what better way to say this properly but not in control of how i breathe. at times my breathing takes depth on its own…)
    unexplainable sex drive
    unexplainable mood swings and at times this overwhelming love for life and for people.
    seeing and being in other places in my dream that actually exist…
    reliving previous lives and seeing previous events that have happend
    feeling other people’s energy, seeing other people surrounded by faded colors
    This list can go on. What can I do to control or rid myself of some of these symptoms? It scares me at times, especially when I am in a state of paralysis, it’s followed by the fearful roar of gusting wind ripping at my eardrums. When I scream out it echoes in my head. Just recently I had a dream that I was in a palace adorned in red and there I met a shaman and did not see his face. He told me to lie on my stomach and this I did. He touched the middle of my spine and I felt the energy rush in throughout all my body and the feeling was overwhelming and it was as if my soul had an orgasmic explosion and at that moment I felt my body elevate in my dream. Other things happened but it concluded in me sitting in a boat with another wise man who spoke to me in a different language and I understood him as our boat floated downstream. We had a conversation that I don’t remember. I woke up from the dream and the sensation was still fresh in my body that I had to stand up and shake it off to bring myself back to reality. But I woke up with a smile…
    So I guess my question is, could this be an awakening experience? and if so how long does it last? i have had this since i was 3. and now i am 27 and they just seem to get enhanced and more vivid and sharper. what can i do to cope with it? or is this a journey that i alone have to find?

  3. 406
    ella Says:

    Wow, I admit I did not have time to read each one of the posts, but I am continuously being amazed by other people’s experiences! Thank you for sharing!

    It seems that I triggered something when I tried to meditate for the first time several months ago. The usual tingling, it seems that I’m trying and/or leaving the body at night (but don’t remember enough to claim that for sure), vibrations, I think something attacked me too…

    Last thing that happened was seeing the lights when I tried to take an afternoon nap – but I clearly wasn’t asleep nor fully awake. There was enormous mass of light shooting from somewhere, very pleasant pale yellow-almost white. It was conical (as if it was coming from somewhere and disipating), very very dense, especially closer to the center. It felt to me as if I was positioned about 30 degrees to the left side it. Together with yellowish light, there were other colored lights shooting randomly – not like rays, but like separate small balls. For some reason I accurately remember the shades of blue and pink, but cannot tell for sure what other colors were there. There was also loud rumbling in my ears, like physical vibrations in the ears. And warmth, warmth, indescribable warmth and sweetness!!

    I’m saying to myself I should be deeply grateful for this experience, and never forget it! Unfortunately, I am sad and worried… my mother got scared about my health when I told her, and a person who knows much more than me did not respond to my questions – I’m trying not to let things like that diminish the beauty of that light, and I’m thankful for others posting their experiences, which makes me feel less alone. I really wish I knew what that light is though :(

    I must admit I’m scared to meditate so that I stay balanced and grounded – I turned vegeterian, I swim and excercise almost daily and take walks all of which I feel is necessary. I’ve always been quite harsh on myself and self-critical, but now it’s as though I’m performing a surgery on my psyche :)

    Quite a long post, I think I really needed to talk! :) Thank you once again for sharing and take care!

  4. 405
    Louis Pettit Says:

    I have only been meditating for about 4 years now, but I have had remarkable experiences which I would like to share.Maybe someone will find them useful? Maybe someone can offer insight and clarity?

    Very early on (about 2 weeks into meditating) I was chanting Om. I had an orgasmic rush travel up my spine and into my brain. I began laughing and laughing and my skin felt very tight, especially around my face. I was ignorant then about the nature of reality, and only knew that this was a profound experience.

    2 years later had acheived wakefulness and began doing standing meditation, began and still go into deep states of rigidty and lose body conciousness. This intensifies after pranayama.

    Now I regularly achieve very deep states (for a westerner) of Samadhi. My eyes roll towards my forehead of their own volition. If I willfully smile (make myself smile) during this state I have waves of love wash over my body or have small bursts of orgasmic bliss in my brain at the top of my head.

    This may sound eccentric but I have reason to believe that I am a reincarnated yogi. Much confusion here because I have no guidance, just intuition.

    Is there a guru that I can get in touch with?

  5. 404
    vikram Says:

    hi anmol…
    you have been training yourself for quiet sometime now and thus the experiences. i have mostly being practicing silent meditation for sometime now… i am 27 and started the journey when was in the 3rd standard. as a child i would ask questions to myself regarding who i am… any way… their have been too many experiences some imagined, some natural some divine and some not so divine… one of the symptoms that i have started experience something like feeling “giddy”… one may feel giddy the whole day… this is same as when you meditate and begin to enter deep sleep state… there are too many symptoms… i will write some more some other time… another one is everything seems out of control when you do it without a guru… again “arahant” are those who gain enlightenment without a guru… well my post is really wayward… any way some of you will know what i am talking about… feeling pressure in your third eye region or crown region or seeing lights or feeling sensations are ONLY THE BEGINNING never confuse them with stillness…

  6. 403
    Kevin Says:

    I always had very poor posture from computer use beginning in my pre-teen years. I was ‘exiled’ so to speak from the social crowd and after about 10 years of self reflection I noticed there seemed to be something I was searching for. During a spontaneous LSD trip (which I never done before and had no expectations) I suddenly found that which I had been searching for. My mind was ‘centered’ and I can only describe it as waking up. I had achieved peace of mind, and it was accompanied by great heat throughout my core up to my heart, something akin to heartburn but not painful. Over the last year now since it happened, I have been evolving spiritually in ways I cannot even comprehend, to the point where I have gone from being aware of my unconscious to now being MORE aware through my right brain than left. This heat in my chest has almost forced me to stand up straight for the first time in my life and now that my back muscles are developed enough to do so, it is beginning to move its way up my spine, following the progress of my back muscles and it is now in my throat and neck; a great tingling heat that causes me to go on ‘auto-pilot’ as you said and breathe very deeply and slowly and now crane my neck backwards and yawn for very long periods of time. This seems to be a spontaneous form of meditation, and I am feeling the heat in my throat begin to rise even further towards the top of my spine at the base of my skull and behind my nose and eyes. It is a wonderful experience, yet very tiring on my weak back muscles. My meditation has evolved it seems, as the faint green light I always end up seeing has intensified to a very highly detailed bright green, usually taking the form of vibratory geometrical patterns with great definition in the lines, as though I am looking at the surface of rippling water. Why it is green, I do not know, but it first began with the heat in my chest and now that it is moved up into my throat and towards my third eye it has intensified. I now understand why a lot of people think they are Jesus when they go through this and lose touch with reality. I feel that is their ego realizing that this is the same thing that happened to Jesus and trying to use it to their own advantage. I understand that I am inheriting the Christ Consciousness and I plan on spending my life as a vagrant and healing others.

  7. 402
    Marge Says:

    I have been doing meditation for some time because I was having stress problems due to my work. I also went to Yoga classes and became very interested in Kundalini . A few weeks ago during my sleep ( I was not dreaming, it felt so real )I experienced a ”lightning” energy which travelled my whole body , I had the feeling I was here and there at the same time , saw my neighbours and got the sensation I was ”one” with each of them. I felt peace but also lots of fears. Then I felt someone was holding my hands tightly in a pretective way and could feel lots of comfort but at the same time I wanted to free my self…. I also heard ringing bells very loud in my ears.. To tell you honestly am now quiet afraid as am not prepared for all this. Instead I would like to do some Mantras , is this fine ?
    Since some time now even before this experience I have tingling and pain in my neck m shoulders and back – I wonder if it is related – I have seen 2 chiropractors without success.

    Also some 6 years ago , during meditation I saw my third eye and I was out of my body, flying over my bed. Then I saw a fierce white light and Jesus walking towards me.. Again I was afraid and not prepared so I stopped my meditation. It all begun from there since then I have the feeling am looking for the truth. From my very young age I know deep in my heart that God is within.

  8. 401
    John Says:

    Thanks Anmol for this wonderful blog, I have learnt much here. May I also recommend to readers one other support site which sets out some precautions, adoption of which will make for a smooth assimilation of Kundalini energy, once an awakening occurs It is: http://www.kundaliniawakeningsystems1.com/the-safeties.html . (It may be necessary to copy and paste the site name into your browser).

  9. 400
    Hubert Says:

    Hi all,
    I have just started meditating yesterday and knew all this stuff, but before I had the knowledge, I had experienced most of the symptoms! And I have the ability to call up the ‘inner ear vibrations’ at will? I’m only 13 and confused :P

  10. 399
    sushil Says:

    hello everybody,

    please visit http://www.sidhshakti.tv

    i can tell you that your life will change once you start doing kundalini meditation under a spiritual guru.

    you can do this meditation along with other meditations online from any place anywhere in world.

    hope you are there



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