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. 453
    Whitelight Says:

    Hi, I was at a tetha healing course in nov 2007 and in the first meditation i got this pure bright white light so extremely intense that it`s hard to explain. Later in meditations this weekend i experiensed a huge heart opening, in meditation i got into some kind of deep awareness, the only way i can explain this is in the black night when you stare at the stars, these stars came towards me, close with healing energy, maybe angels?

    The following days, weeks, months, years i`ve had numerous different psykick experienses, i started to see different things with my suddenly developed psykick senses, but first a battel within witch i felt was between the good and bad parts of me… wisits in the night,wisits in meditation, suddenly healing by angels, what i felt was opening of new chacras in my body, out of body experienses, my spirit guide took me out of my body to meet with higher spiritual masters, you can say i balansed on the edge of what i could take not going crasy…Today i can feel when people think about me, somtimes i pick up the phone seconds before the sms messages come, knowing who sendt it! I also often feel peoples paine and sorrow… And some other things i wont tell here. It`s wery exciting :)
    After this opening i 2007 it`s like i have been working on each chakra from crown and downwards getting an initsiation and a gift when the test of each chakra is passed, can you tell me if this is normal?

    Finding this site today gave me many answers, thanks.

  2. 452
    Trupti Mehta Says:


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  3. 451
    Trupti Mehta Says:


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  4. 450
    TK80 Says:

    Hi. I wanted to write because I have been having some very strange things happening to me. I have looked up on the internet and found that I match quite a bit of these symptoms here. Which I don’t understand. I am new to mediation and from the very first time I meditated, I had that vibratory feeling in my body. I also get a funny little feeling as though there is something over my head just slightly sitting on top of it maybe. Like it is static or energy.
    This was fine. No big deal right? The next time I meditated I felt a funny pressure in the center of my head right where the third eye would be. I remember thinking oh maybe my third eye is opening. Ok thats fine.
    Then i had not meditated for awhile. Like I said I am very new to it and have not made it a routine yet. But now lately I been getting this tingling feeling on the sides of my head more frequently. I been getting that pressure feeling in my forehead at random times. I am not even meditating and it will happen to me. The pressure in my forehead almost feels as if something is going to explode. It really freaks me out. I find that I start to rub that area and pressing on it as it can be overwhelming.
    I don’t understand how I activated this kundalini when #1 I don’t even know what it is. I started meditating for relaxation and to calm myself and now I am learning that I activated some sort of advanced meditation practice? How did I do this? Is this going to harm me?
    I was worried I had a tumor or something. But I visited the doctor and I am fine and healthy.
    The other stuff I do not mind. The vibratory feeling scared me at first. I felt like my spirit or consciousness could leave my body with the way it shook me. But I am getting use to it. I realize I have felt it before. In dreams I sometimes get woken up because of the vibrating feeling. Very odd.
    Well I would love any advice and answers because all this does unnerve me.

    Thank you

  5. 449
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    Yes, such reports and experiences are very consistent with Kundalini Events. Keep meditating and stay healthy and fit.

    All the best,

  6. 448
    lovedidea Says:

    I would like to know if this is a Kundalini awakening. when meditating I started to feel that strong energy coloured violet start entering by the crown chakra and it was very warm. slowly but steadily coming inside me through neck, heart going lower all the time. My ears were having some sort of spasms and my whole body was getting really hot and feeling like I was going to have an orgasm. The warm energy went right down to my genitals and felt afterward very relax. My whole body was somehow following some kind of heartbeat. it was really orgasmic. Thanks

  7. 447
    lovedidea Says:

    I would like to know if this is a Kundalini awakening. when meditating I started to feel that strong energy coloured violet start entering by the crown chakra and it was very warm. slowly but steadily coming inside me through neck, heart going lower all the time. My ears were having some sort of spasms and my whole body was getting really hot and feeling like I was going to have an orgasm. The warm energy went right down to my genitals and felt afterward very relax. My whole body was somehow following some kind of heartbeat. it was really orgasmic. Could it be a Kundalini awakening? Thanks

  8. 446
    satyadev Says:

    Hi Anmol,
    It is quite interesting to read some of the experiences.I would like to share experiences. I was in the practice of Mantra japa meditation and I was feeling tingling at Ajna Chakra for some years.
    Later, some years. the vibration extended to Sahasrara for some years.
    This continued for few years.
    After a gap of few years, there was a rising indication from Muladhara to Ajna and to sahasrara during my Gayatri japam and it continued when ever I attempted any japa or meditation or when ever I go some temples or holy persons.I was enjoying this for quite long time. May be I am not aware that is Kundalini rising.One Holy person told me, with a just look or stare at me about this.
    Really it is the blessing of my gurus .

  9. 445
    Nara Says:

    Hi Anmol
    I mostly get this category: “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.” I emerge from the usually 2 hour experience feeling very drowsy like i have been heavily drugged. i cannot resist these episodes. its taken courage because I feel like someone is usurping my will and inducing an intense anaesthetic. i read in Yogananda’s autobio that the life force is being removed -it certainly feels like that. most times i have waves of bliss for a few mins at some point in the 2 hours. my mind is totally alert but i cannot hold onto thoughts, they disappear. after the experiences i am very calm, tranquil, and the world looks new and wonderful. i do however have to break through a fear barrier when the episodes begin. i have viewed these as samadhis till i read your blog. maybe its just semantics. what i really want to know is what the purpose is behind inducing this ‘”drugged”state. i must add that initially i went totally stiff but after several episodes there is much less rigidity but the drugged feeling renders me unable to move at all. all sensory input is amplified. i have deep faith in the purpose of the episodes because i am under the protection of a most powerful guru. please can you or any other contributors comment. many thanks.

  10. 444
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    Start a regular meditation practice, treat the experience like an invitation.


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