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. 433
    Mister P Says:

    Hi anmol, how are you doing? I posted a message some time ago. I write again to tell you I’m doing really great with my energy.

    I also post this to make some questions to you and everyone else who might know.. First: I have the problem that in the right side of my head, I feel something like a little sharp pain or a stab pain. I feel these helps me to correct bad things inside me, but I don’t know how to stop it or pause it, it’s working all the time and some times my head hurts. I don’t know if it is normal. I believe it is the Mayordomo (steward – higer emotional center) that is mentioned in gurdjieff’s books, would it be posible?. Second: in the book “Tales from belzebu to his grandson”, gurdjieff says that organ “Kunda-buffer” is not something good, and says that its name change later to “Kundalini”. Can you post something about it? Last One: Could you please post the name of the book in which it’s mention gurdjieff’s kundalini awakening ?, I would like to read about his experience and that “baby” position.

    Thank you very much for your help, and greetings to everyone.

  2. 432
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    The following link on How to Analyze and Heal Your Chakras will help;


    All the best,

  3. 431
    Awakening of Kundalini | 4 Powerful Meditations Says:

    [...] If you feel you are going through a kundalni awakening, you might wish to read the following article and the many comments from others experiencing the same:  Kundalini Awakening Symptoms. [...]

  4. 430
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    These symptoms are consistent with spiritual evolution. Just remain a witness to them, enjoy the experience and keep going…


  5. 429
    Amit Jhamb Says:

    Hi Anmol,
    How do we come to know that how many chakras are activated. Symptoms of all chakras activation?

  6. 428
    Atri Says:

    Thanks Anmol,

    A very nice page and a lot of thoughts.

    Anmol, do you also have a list of living gurus for Kundalini awakening :-)

    Books that I am reading:
    1) Yoga and Kriya: A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

    Books that I have read:
    1) Kundalini Tantra: 1 by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

  7. 427
    Amit Jhamb Says:

    Hi anmol,

    I am regular visitor of your website. I started zazen meditation around two months back. from last 15-20 days i find pressure at my ajana chakra durig diffrent hours of day. generally in the afternoon. when i meditate i feel total flow of energy in my whole body. i do meditate for 40-45 mins. but i dont feel like to open my eyes even after that. it gives me imense pleasure. normally every time i feel little shivering or flow of energy in my whole body. even while driving i have pressure in the centre of forehead. my head feels like as it is rotating and all the hairs are standing straight and there is some energy around it. it feels good to me. but i am bit confused what it is or it is good or bad?

  8. 426
    Samuel Pelegrini Says:

    PPPS: Ah, and there’s something I should remark: The visits began to happen. Firstly I started to see all those teachers and sages of mankind appearing to me, and then the animals. Pigeons and other kinds of birds, dogs, cats, bats, lizards, all of them began to visit me. Even today my bedroom is surrounded by animals, and they deal in a funny way with me, they feel and understand the raw manifestation of life force here, and they know it will never harm them, they know that this raving mad here would never harm anybody. And, the most impressive, in my own opinion, was not the visions, the sages, avatars and all those who began to appear, no. What I find most impressive is an event that took place one day when I was performing bhajans, it was after the event, I was recovering and had not dropped all the practices yet (in fact, I never did, they ceased by themselves later when it dawned completely) , when suddenly I felt something and went to my bedroom’s window, when there was a lizard, a beige lizard, in decades living here I had never saw a lizard around, and there was a lizard, a beige and kind of smiling one, I’m not kidding, the lizard was smiling, and, the most impressive thing I experienced in all my life then happened: the friendly lizard, smiling, came closer to me, and with his two front paws he performed the namaste gesture, as if bowing to me, and I greeted him, very happy, and he then went away, and I never saw him anymore. Some Jains told me it’s because of the ‘clouds of ego’ are absent in me, they feel it and want to come closer to me. I don’t know… But I’ll never forget these fellows visiting me. I’m a vegetarian and animal protector from the age of 5 to 6, I’m considered the ET of the family – everybody catholic, carnivorous, and then, suddenly, a kid rise, a kid who spontaneously gives up those things, become a veggie and protector of those and starts his search for God, enlightenment, Kingdom of Heaven or whatever it was. I thank my parents and brother for the support, without their efforts it would be incomparably harder.

  9. 425
    Samuel Pelegrini Says:

    PPS: Sorry for any possible errors, I have no time to review it.

  10. 424
    Samuel Pelegrini Says:

    It happened to me, sir. Despite the fact that my English is not that good, I’ll try to briefly describe it.

    After 25 years of a life fully dedicated to the ‘search’ (I was really mad for God, no words can describe this), and some years of very intense sadhana, including Kriya Hatha Yoga of Babaji, one fine day I had finished performing some asanas and went to the backyard to take a rest sitting there looking at the landscape, when it happened. My body was getting hotter and hotter those days, I had to drink loads of water, and had to walk almost naked. But I never could imagine what was going to happen. It was very very strong, with very physical consequences, and then I was finished forever and ever.

    I felt that cobra effect of the neck puffing out, as it have always happened to me since I was a kid, but then more and more intense, and that time it was once and for all, it exploded, like a cannon from the basis of the spine to above my head and beyond, as if infinitely, and then everything disappeared, and suddenly I experienced a kind of infinite ocean of pink/purple and silvered clouds, with that constant sound, as if it were millions of waterfalls, and that bright light, and it was that, as if I was the whole, the absolute, that ocean itself.

    But, then, I thought occurred: “What about the body? And the life there? Am I finished forever? What about the body and my life? Am I dead?”, and then that shock made the body appear again, but in a sharply way, it harmed the body, fried my legs, literally, the tremendous energy which have entered the body after the explosion only heaven knows how strong it is, my neck and brain were damaged a little too, I couldn’t breath and had no glue about the speaking mechanism.

    I firstly realised that this ‘reality’ is nothing but a kind of hologram, I saw the landscape, the houses and nature around, animals and all that, it was clearly a kind of one-without-a-second image, a hologram, this was very clear, and another thing I realised it was that there was no ‘me’, no ‘phantom in the machine’. Somehow, the ‘me’ was finished after that event, and the life force itself, without being overshadowed by thought from then on, took the absolute control of the body.

    Then, back to experience things from the perspective of the body, it was not the same anymore, the sight was then perceived as a kind of camera, mechanical, and the rest of thought, operating only in the background, running the machine, was sort of asking itself “what happened? What is this?”, and I had no glue about anything anymore. I was finished forever.

    A kind of panic arose, but I had no glue about anything, I say now it was panic due to the knowledge I have as a background to make communication possible, otherwise I couldn’t function in the world anymore, but at the time it happened I had no glue not even that it was a kind of panic taking place. Then I firstly had to recover the mechanism of speaking, it may have passed some 10 or 15 minutes till I remember the way to activate the mouth and speak, and then I had to remember what to make with that mechanism, as if I were a formatted computer, restarting from the zero, as a child. Then the first thing I remember was my mother, and the word came together – “mother” (“mãe” in Portuguese, I’m Brazilian) -, and then I called my mother, desperate, and then she and my dad came and took care of me. I was finished, I could not even know how to walk right, I was like a kind of zombie, recently back from death, having to ask anything: “What is it that?”. A tree, a wall, an animal, a plant, everything, I had to recognize everything again.

    That week was very strange, I remember all that now, but when it was happening I was lost, had no way to experience it, only to live through it. The body suffered an alteration, all the senses, organs, the whole functioning, and all the glands corresponding to the chakras was reactivated, the life force took the control of the body by means of them. The gland corresponding to the so-called ‘third eye’, the pituitary body, the pineal gland, is what controls this now. A protuberance appeared on my forehead, and it increases when it’s full moon. Many other things happened, but I had to write a book about them, it’s not easy to remember and put them all together here.

    Then it was 3 years more till the consequences of that event could be circumvented. Even today the legs have the same burned skin, some pros and cons, I’m 31 now but I look younger, people usually think I’m 18, 20 etc, and that event finished me forever.

    I have realised by myself, for myself, that there’s no self to realise. The whole idea of separation and attainment (of the ‘goal’) is over here. And I know that it was in spite of the search and not due to it that that event occurred, acausaly. The search, in fact, is what prevent it to prevail. And it’s not something that you can transmit, it just dawns on you, and it’s no way manipulable by any means.

    In that sense, there’s no ‘enlightenment’ in the way it’s spread, and it’s not something blissful as they say, as we can see, and this natural state is not different of the state in which all beings are already. Those ‘sages’, ‘saints’ and all of those bastards told about it as if they were in a state different of you all, they fooled themselves and fooled everybody, and all those practices and the whole mumbo-jumbo they created is what is preventing it to prevail. The search is making you run far from it, because you’re already in this state, and making you believe that you’re not in it and that you should look for it is what is taking you away from it. It’s something as silly as trying to sell you a ticket to New York City, for example, when you’re already in NYC. This is what all those gurus and related are selling to you, something that doesn’t exist.

    And even if it was something possible to be attained, why the hell would you want this? If you really knew about this, you would never want this anymore! It’s like a lightening hitting you, and you’re finished once and for all. It’s really an annihilation, but not in that mystically masked way those ‘sages’ told you, it’s annihilation for real! Then you’re dead, and what will happen then, only God knows… You may be back or not, I don’t know. But, you see, it’s not something that we can have in an assembly line, it happens to one in a billion, and it’s clear why it’s so.

    Now they called me an ‘enlightened’ man, a liberated one, a sage etc, and I really don’t like those terms… Because they’re not honest, those terms are not really expressing the terrible calamity that it is for those who have been waiting for something ‘blissful’, ‘extraordinary’, ‘peaceful’, ‘heavenly’ or what you prefer. What happened is that this machine is now functioning in a way so perfect, so natural, that it has no conflict with the environment anymore. And the certainty that there’s nothing to understand because there’s no one to understand anything is crystal clear here. Some powers manifest, but they’re not so useful, and I never played with them. They just manifest when it happens, but I never make any use of them. You see, it’s not what you’ve been waiting for. But, for those interested in going till the end, I encourage you. But I make it clear that all things you do in order to reach it won’t work either. It’s impossible. But if you still want it, good luck. You don’t have to accept my opinion, but I’m just maintaining my opinion that you’re already there and is the very search itself that is preventing it to prevail.

    Samuel Pelegrini

    PS: Feel free to contact me if you want. I just don’t know if there’s something useful that I could share.

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