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. 436
    Pawan Says:

    Hi all,
    I found this site while browsing the internet-some truly amazing experiences on here!
    I’d like to share something quite embarrassing, something that has been terrifying and causing much discomfort.
    For the past year I have done swami ramdevs pranayam. I have done kapalbhati and anulomvilom for about 10-15 min each everyday. I found that they gave me much energy and helped me with knee, shoulder and neck pain which I have had for about seven years. I stopped these practices in June, but I started them up again abt a few days ago.
    When I was doing this pranayam during the year, I was avoiding masturbation/sex, because I had read masturbation and pranayam together can be quite harmful. While I would do these practices, I would feel a surge of pressure in my genital regions and it was almost pleasurable, and I found that this would last throughout the day. This was especially true after kapalbhati. The reason I mention this is because when I started up again a week ago, of course, the same sensation came to me. Unfortunately, and this is embarrassing-I spend a significant amount of time watching pornography that day and I masturbated once as well. Since that day,(about a few days ago), I have noticed that the joint pains which Ive always had, have increased significantly, I feel EXHAUSTED, and I have a cramping sensation right below my navel.
    I read somewhere that masturbation after yoga can permanently waste energy permanently–did I build up some energy and waste it? I am absolutely terrified and I feel about 20 years older than I am.
    Is there anything I can do to correct this? Will it fix itself over time?
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks very much

  2. 435
    Fuzail Says:

    Dear Guro ji

    I started some of exercise from your site few days ago. I perform sodharshan chakra kriya, breath of fire, anuloma viloma paranyama every day. I also do meditation alongwith these exercises. On the sixth day I felt a heat in my back. In the next day I feel heat and energy rising from the base of spinal chord and reached to the shoulder hieght. Now I feel this energy every time I concentrate on my back. Is this Kundalini. What should I do next.

  3. 434
    Indrek Says:

    I haven´t practiced yoga intentionally but im looking up how to awaken the kundalini and am interested about it.

    done some research about it and read that some have a better connection with the topic than the others..

    and some “symptoms” are a match.

    for example the strong pain in lower back or in the head that the doctors can not explain.. its rare for me to feel that.. but its not from training or cold or working too hard etc.. its different.
    the rising sensation etc.
    the unusually strong loving sensation towards someone.
    or seeing something in the mind that you shouldnt.. a number or an object perhaps.. which is somehow something that someone is thinking about .. or asking a question and thinking on the answer…

    anyways.. interested to know more about it.

    so .. how to awaken =)

    im not looking for a class.. just a guide howto awaken it on my own.. i´ve read its not hard.. so i know i can manage it with good guidelines =)



  4. 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.

  5. 432
    Trupti Mehta Says:


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


    All the best,

  6. 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. [...]

  7. 430
    Trupti Mehta Says:


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


  8. 429
    Amit Jhamb Says:

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

  9. 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

  10. 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?

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