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. 423
    Karamroop Kaur Says:

    Sat Nam
    I want to share my experience which might be Kundalini rising as it started from the beginning I started the Kundalini Yoga teacher training course.
    At first it was 3 days that I started spinning in my head and lost complete balance and could not do anything than lie in bed, I could not eat, I had to crawl everywhere. I was purging a lot and had a complete colon release the first day. The next 2 days I could eat a bit and the sickness was gone but I kept spinning even lying down. It was very strong.
    Then it happened a few times but for shorter periods, a couple of hours to a day and each time I just laid down and slept until it was gone.
    After finishing one of my days course for the training about 3 weeks ago now it started again and it has not stopped just gone a bit less.
    I laid in bed for 3 days spinning without being able to do anything. It was really strong for the next 2 weeks following but I tried to ignore it and get on with life as I have to work. At this moment it is still not gone and sometimes it is little and sometimes strong again but without sickness.
    I must say I have a diet of raw living foods since 7-8 years now and wonder if that has got influence on it too.
    My teacher says to not make a drama of it which I totally understand but it would be nice to know if anyone has experienced anything like this too?
    I trust the process and know the Kundalini Yoga is transforming me a lot so I just Keep UP !!!

  2. 422
    Luke Says:

    I am grateful to have come across your blog as I am experiencing some really crazy stuff this last week. I am in touch with my spiritual side but have never tried to awaking kundalini energy. What I have been experiencing is a feeling that my mind consciousness is gone passed out of my head and my mind feels so sharp when im walking down the street i don’t feel like im in my body and this concerns me it makes me feel anxious. I then have waves of paranoia that life is not real and this becomes to much for me I look at my surroundings and even though what i see looks solid i have a strong sensation that its an illusion and all that there really is is a vast open space of nothingness i feel quite anxious its like i want to come back down to how i used to feel but i cant i feel very emotional confused and scared at the moment am i loosing my mind???

  3. 421
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    Thank you for sharing.

    All the best,

  4. 420
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Mister P,

    Welcome to the world of Kundalini :-). Most important is not be get anxious or stressed, just relax and go with the flow as best you can.

    Typically, these big experiences and the ensuing stages of “higher” living, subside on their own after some time. But the journey is unique to each person. Your experiences are very consistent with Kundalini Awakening.

    Good to start a meditation and healthy living program to further establish yourself in non-duality, and to improve your health and fitness to deal with the greater flow of energy that you are now blessed with.

    Let us know how it goes.


  5. 419
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Hardik,

    Amazing experience and insights for sure. I will be using your comments in an article to help others experiencing Kundalini to relax. Please do keep in touch and do continue to share your breakthrough with us.

    If you wish to contribute in the form of an article, please feel free to reach out to me for that as well.


  6. 418
    Mister P. Says:

    Hello there, I think I had a Kundalini Awakening but I haven’t been able to find answers. Since 2 years and a half, I have been entirely dedicated to the study of the consiousness, I mean the Fourth Way, I have been working a lot and I assist to a group of teachings. Six months ago, I mixed my work on the fourth way with some Tai-Chi practice, and I have also been eating very well, living pacefully because I quit my job and I’m living on my savings at least for these last half of the year and the first half of the next. I had cover all aspects I could think of. One Month ago, in the night, I was reasoning about my life and existance and then went into meditation. I don’t know what happened, suddenly I was like connected to another dimension. I saw my entire life, and It’s like I saw the entire universe, all these was like seeing an eternity in one milisecond. Inmediatly after that, I felt the need of lie down on the floor, and it’s like my body itself started to move. First it started to massage the part between the anus and the penis, and all muscles around flattered. Then it moved to the low back, then the stomach, then the solar plexus, and finale shoulders and neck, all muscles and joints on the body just flattered and relax. I’m not shure if I was moving it or it was moving itself. Then I had strange movements in my arms and legs, something like epilepsy. Finally, my arms and legs move to the position of a baby and stayed like that for a while. Through all these, I was like seeing all my mental images, and I was like solving all my traumas. Afterwards, all energy in the body move from all parts to the sexual region, and then it was shooting throughout the spine up to the brain. There in the brain, I felt the need of breathing very accelerated, what happened afterwards was like something in the left side of the brain shooted energy to something in the right side of the brain. Then this right part was like a canon that shooted energy in an ascendant spiral to the top of the brain, and when it reached the top, it was like an energy rain falling all around the brain. At the same time, I felt like ants walking in the forehead from both left and right to the front center of the forehead. Also ants walking over the skull in the middle from both left and right to the top center of the brain. And finally, in the middle of the brain, was like it was forming a center line. Afterwards, flow of energy continued from the body to the brain, but it’s like I saw an skull in my eyes, and then light. It all felt like I was dying. Next day, it’s like my whole brain reconnected, it was a little uncomfortable but later it was very pleasing. Since then I have been really amazingly great in all aspects you could ask, it’s like I am lucky with everything, people on the street talks to me with no reason or asking directions or money, girls flirt with me more than before, my eyes looked as if I used contact lenses, but I don’t. One day I even saw a halo of light around my shadow’s head. Everything is great. But the problem is that in the group of fourth way Im assisting, they didn’t want to answer me, but it’s like they don’t want to explain me everything rigth now, and they have been giving me little clues and explainings of what I lived. But when I saw these page, every symtomps you mention, is all that I lived, and even some others, but of course, these others may not be symtomps. I know the people in my group will explain me with time, but there is a problem, the real problem I hope you can help me with. My energy continius growing and growing. Everyday I fell more energy. I do a lot of thing trying to spend all my energy, but it seems to grow more. How can I control energy, and shut down my brain. Sometimes I can’t sleep the whole night. I don’t even feel tired at all, but I’m worried about my brain, to be working so much all the time, I can stop. Well, that’s my crazy story. I know that all these sound like a complete crazyness, but it was very real to me. Hope you can send me an email. I don’t post my name because it all can be just a madness, so I prefer to be anonymus, anyway, the email I post is real, hope you can contact me. PD. I’m from mexico, so please forgive my english.

  7. 417
    Hardik Says:

    Your Welcome Anmol,
    I also want to share an experience; and although it is not that important because it is subjective and mystical, I’d like to type it out and my interpretation of it if in case it would help anybody. By nature, it is difficult to describe mystical experiences in a logical way, but this experience severely changed my perception of reality, the universe(s) and everything I have come to know thus far. All thanks to K.
    Also: I was NOT on drugs or any other substances while experiencing this. I do not believe in using drugs because they create distortions and I really believe that a sober rational mind is needed during Kundalini arousal to facilitate higher awareness. I was well grounded and had been completely sober without any disturbances.
    So I begin my description by saying that,
    One afternoon, K was rising. So I took time to just lay down in Shavasana and let K do its thing. It must have been about 15-20 minutes later that the energy finally reached my crown after making slowly changes below and causing the usual sensations of pleasure. I had to relax consciously and it was not the last time that this energy had moved nor the first, but at this point- it had been gradually drilling a spiritual hole in the left side of my head (not painful) but this zone was previously closed and without awareness or sensation.
    From this hole, I felt a small beam of energy pour into my brain. I decided to meditate and reflect while fully in Shavasana- a completely relaxed and almost physically paralyzed state of being with a fully conscious but aware state of mind. I soon felt an out of body experience where I was projecting myself into and through that small opening to get a better feel for this energy above my head. It required a bit of concentration to avoid “monkey mind thoughts” but it was happening by itself and it didn’t require any superhuman ability from my end except to surrender.
    I sensed a vibrant energy pouring through that hole and which also felt very blissful. I then began to consciously project myself into this hole- in meditation. Once I entered the hole, I had confirmed it with my extended awareness… the huge infinite space above me indeed felt alive and conscious but not limited to space or time. Instead it felt as if it was CONSCIOUSNESS itself and I was inherently linked to it in a smaller degree. I occupied a different dimension while I was physically alive- the physical world, but this supernatural entity had no concept of limitation. Overall this space felt infinite, energetic, subtle, blissful and radiant. A smaller part of me already had “this divine energy” within me but the physical part of me was different and immersed in the limitation of worldly affairs.
    Soon I experienced a second extended meditation where my projected state of being reflected while occupying this spiritual space. Somehow my meditation was transitioning into another meditation within a projected state of mind to better understand things and to process how the universe really works.
    The projected self had visions of a lotus blooming and how it depended on water in order for it to bloom and grow. Then I had visions of the ocean and how they formed, due to the condensation from the Earth’s core and then came the visions of a solar system and how it slowly creates planets through millions of years of activity. But in the background- something subtle and evolutionary was responsible for this all of this activity; a conscious- radiant energy that fed the multitude of such phenomenon (Solar System to planet to water to Lotus) and my projected self could experience that energy!
    Soon the visions of death appeared to the projected self too; that when solar system dies- new stars are born afterward with a relative difference from older stars, that after the dinosaurs, newer species were able to thrive in their places.
    I began to gain perspective from my second meditation- that the rise of new phenomenon intricately connected itself to another or the death of an older phenomenon. A chain of events that was basically life and death, a subtly conscious process providing transition and repeating itself constantly.
    I.e. things giving rise to other things or and continuing ad infinity- life and death, Universe to Universe, Microcosm to Macrocosm.
    Then my projected self started reflecting on my own historical experiences and how they operated within the very same rules and principle: How puberty was the beginning of new things and how my own death would affect others but feed or give rise to newer things over time.
    Old phenomenon giving rise to new phenomenons- the whole process relatively static on a macroscopic scale, but changing microscopically and always in activity. Attaching to our ego in this physically limited world with so many transitions is an illusion called “self” which hardly has a stake in the macro scope.
    And after these numbers of revelations, my projected self heard a message within the spiritual space in which I had projected myself to and was meditating in the second time. I did not hear voices but I understood something intuitive from it: “Let things bloom”. And after understanding this, K roared once again from the base to the crown. This time more intense while completely shattering that ceiling with a hole, my whole head opened to become aware of that energy above and the transitioning nature of the “universe” and its ephemeral behavior.
    The cool thing about this entire experience; was that the object of my meditation somehow merged with the Meditator and provided some realization. That my projected self which was initially a meditation in shavasana- meditated on its own and realized the physical self after reflecting in a different spiritual setting. The whole thing gave me a macroscopic perspective on how the universe operates and what the philosophical story has been and will be- an infinite process of life and death through phenomenon, with a conscious energy providing the subtle fuel for evolution and chaos providing the transition between life and death.
    That organisms are always transitioning and that the self is never static or given never ending free will among this divine play. This whole experience actually freaked me out because I did not know that such possibilities like these could exist in the universe. Kind of like a reverse cloning process that creates the original. Or time travel that makes use of a time paradox to achieve the original state. But after going through this I find it really hard to stress over the fact that the economy is not doing good, that I made a C in my class or that my sports team just lost a game :)

  8. 416
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Hardik,

    Thank you for your wonderful advise and suggestions. These are indeed wise words, and it’s great you took the time to share them with everyone.


  9. 415
    Hardik Says:

    Hey everybody, This is IMPORTANT advice that I’d like to share with everybody, so please read this:
    Kundalini is not as big a deal as everybody makes it out to be. There might be episodes of psychological upheavals like depression, schizophrenia etc. and some physical symptoms associated with them like twitching and painful / pleasurable sensations.
    But these are not permanent; only a phase- provided that you take care of yourself when you have time.
    You must have faith in your intelligence and nurture yourself accordingly!

    I too have been dealing with Kundalini while simultaneously drinking excess coffee, smoking cigarettes and working extra hard in college till graduation.
    The experience itself was so grim and but with luck and faith I made it through.
    After I graduated and went home, I took a couple of months to ground myself and free myself from a lot of these addictions and to establish good routines. I could have established them in college but my ego was in the way, not to mention classes and pointless assignments.

    But after the grounding, kundalini energy made a lot more sense and it has been traveling in me ever since- doing all kinds of wonderful things that make me more aware of this universe and myself.
    I feel like a completely new person actually and gained a TREMENDOUS amount of wisdom from it-
    How we create our own suffering through ignorance and attachment, how we can cease it as individuals by being wise and simple- by using discretion, how ephemeral life really is and how nothing is guaranteed but most importantly- how our natures dictate us- not choices or individuality; meaning that the self really is an illusion and most Humans can’t see that.

    The best advice to dealing with Kundalini is to let it happen, quit freaking out and enjoy it! You’ll have to face the truth- but so be it, the truth does comes out eventually.
    The truth and Kundalini are both enjoyable and something that can potentially liberate you from old ignorance provided that you take care of yourself with discretion, reflect on yourself with intelligence and surrender into the changes that will happen.
    Be very simple and wise during this time- that is all.

    Something that helped me find perspective and reflection during this time:
    Lie down in shavasana every morning and night for 1 to 1.5 hours.
    Completely RELAX and surrender your body, let no tension take hold and breathe with awareness.
    The point of shavasana is to help you become aware of a state close to death so that you go beyond your ego, mind and ignorant self- that is the point of shavasana, the most important yoga pose- to overcome death, by overcoming your limited logic and fear of it.

    Ask yourself a Zen koan if your thoughts run amok, concentrate on it as well. (Thoughts cause mental tension that manifest in the body and eventually create obstacles to K energy).

    Examples of Zen Koans:
    What is the sound of one hand clapping?
    What would I breathe is there is no breath?
    What would I be if I didn’t exist?
    Why is the universe so different from me?
    What is the cause of stress?

    Reflect on all this with intelligence, use WISDOM (not logic) and be simple. Ground yourself during this time by establishing routines with plenty of reflection.

    Kundalini is not meant to kill you, it is YOU. And psychologists are stupid… Do not trust society or its poisonous medicine- the solution is and always will be in you. Pharmacies, Capitalism and attachment will only make you more addicted and cause more needless suffering, that’s the reason you guys forgot your divine nature and peace in the first place…

  10. 414
    Anuj Sharma Says:

    Hi Anmol,
    I just wanna share that in 2009 i took the shaktipat diksha by a spiritual guru from Rishikesh. Its spiritual and extraordinary experience is awesome. In my first meditation, i experiecned that something is shaking near my heart(hridaya chakra) like a pendulum, and then my body starts moving on the rhythm of that thing like to and fro.

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